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Drought-hit Mozambique signs first major solar power deal

By Katy Migiro| 11-02-2016

Drought-stricken Mozambique will start building its first large scale solar plant in early 2017, after Scatec Solar, which owns several such plants in Africa, signed an $80 million deal to sell electricity to the state-owned energy company for 25 years. The 40MW plant will deliver power to the national grid and produce energy for some … Continue reading “Drought-hit Mozambique signs first major solar power deal”


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Sensing opportunity, cities seek business backing for climate change efforts

By Megan Rowling| 10-04-2016

Cities around the world, including in developing nations, are increasingly grasping the economic opportunities generated by the need to tackle climate change and are pursuing concrete partnerships with business, a climate research group said. In a report based on environmental data disclosed by 533 cities this year, London-based CDP said those cities had identified 720 … Continue reading “Sensing opportunity, cities seek business backing for climate change efforts”


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EU’s new Africa fund aims to attract private investors to Sahel region

By Robin Emmott and Marilyn Haigh| 09-21-2016

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union’s new 44 billion euro (37.73 billion pounds) Africa fund aims to entice private investors to some of the world’s poorest nations and slow mass migration to Europe, the EU’s development chief Neven Mimica said. The fund, unveiled last week by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, could be up and … Continue reading “EU’s new Africa fund aims to attract private investors to Sahel region”


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Africa stands to benefit from new trade deals and, possibly, from Brexit

By Sarah Logan, Economist, International Growth Centre| 09-01-2016

The last few months have seen some significant developments for African trade and integration. These advances come at a crucial time for African countries, which have been particularly hard hit by the slump in commodity prices, China’s economic downturn, and higher external borrowing costs. This has resulted in slower GDP growth than expected, currency fluctuations … Continue reading “Africa stands to benefit from new trade deals and, possibly, from Brexit”


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Congo, Angola begin mass vaccination drive against yellow fever

By Benoit Nyemba| 08-18-2016

KINSHASA (Reuters) – Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola began one of the biggest ever emergency vaccination campaigns in Africa this week, working with the World Health Organization (WHO) to curb a yellow fever epidemic that has killed hundreds this year. Health officials expect to vaccinate 14 million people over the next 10 days including … Continue reading “Congo, Angola begin mass vaccination drive against yellow fever”


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South Africa and Zambia’s anointed leaders face very different challenges

By Prof. Stephen Chan, SOAS, University of London| 08-16-2016

Stephen Chan, SOAS, University of London Watching the South African metro elections from Zambia, in the final week of its own national election campaign, was a sobering experience. Zambia’s economic indicators are pointing disastrously downwards, but the elections are entirely to do with the style of presidency and personalities of the two main contenders. In … Continue reading “South Africa and Zambia’s anointed leaders face very different challenges”


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Why Kenya wants to overhaul its entire education system

By Daniel Sifuna, Kenyatta University| 08-15-2016

Kenya is reforming its education system for the first time in 32 years. It’s also changing its curriculum from pre-school all the way through to high school. Part of what’s prompted this huge overhaul is the realisation that Kenya isn’t doing enough to produce school-leavers who are ready for the world of work. The government’s … Continue reading “Why Kenya wants to overhaul its entire education system”


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Failure to help farmers in northeast Nigeria could open door to radicalisation – UN

By Alex Whiting| 08-10-2016

Farmers in Nigeria’s crisis-hit northeast urgently need help to start growing crops again, the U.N. food agency said on Tuesday, warning that a failure to get people back on their feet could open the door to radicalisation. An insurgency by Boko Haram militants in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states disrupted fishing, farming, cattle breeding and … Continue reading “Failure to help farmers in northeast Nigeria could open door to radicalisation – UN”


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