Tag Archives: Africa

Tackling energy poverty in sub-saharan Africa: Introduction


An attempt is being made here to draw the attention of policy makers, energy-stakeholders, academia, news-media and the general public primarily in Ghana, and by extension to Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), about abject energy poverty, and how this condition could be alleviated. Let’s make it clear from the onset that in our discussions pertaining to energy poverty in SSA, South Africa ...

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Andela raises $40m to connect Africa’s engineering talent


African tech platform Andela, has announced that it has secured $40 million in Series C funding. This investment is led by CRE Venture Capital with participation from DBL Partners, Amplo, Salesforce and TLcom Capital, with some investors like Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, GV, and Spark Capital. Andela was launched in 2014 to build a network of technology leaders on the African ...

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How World Bank’s activities are helping shape the African narrative


The African region has recorded a positive growth over the past decade. Growth rates in developing economies are many times higher than in developed economies. Currently, Ethiopia has the fastest growing economy in the world. Report from the McKinsey 7 Company says the continent’s gross domestic product will hit $2.6 trillion by 2020. Regardless of this impressive height, Africa is ...

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Africa is poor and dependent thanks to World Bank

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After the Second World War when most parts of Europe were in economic crisis, The World Bank and IMF (International Monetary Fund) were both set up to revamp the European economy. This financial institution was put in place to offer soft loans to European countries which were deeply affected by the war. Later on, operators of the institutions penetrated the ...

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Obrempong writes: Why I weep for Ghana and Africa’s failing film industry


Ghana, like many other African countries, is confronted with lots of developmental issues and so the movie industry, which is solely seen as for entertainment purposes, can wait, whilst we seek answers to our ‘pressing’ troubles. That’s correct; but seeking answers to our never-ending challenges has taken away our attention to the extent that a monster has been built at ...

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Report: Closing Africa’s health gap achievable with immediate policy actions


Closing the health gap for Africa within a generation is achievable if opportunities afforded by a rapidly growing workforce are seized and if health systems are transformed to target the needs of individual countries and communities, according to a new report published by The Lancet Commission on the future of health in Sub-Saharan Africa. ‘The Path to Longer and Healthier ...

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Give African youth opportunity to lead – Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan, Former U.N. Secretary General

Former UN General Secretary, Kofi Annan has called on African governments to invest in the youth and give them opportunity to lead. Speaking during a lecture on leadership and public service dubbed ‘An afternoon with Kofi Annan’ organized by the alumni of his alma mater Mfantsipim College, Kofi Annan asked African governments to “offer our growing population, the opportunity for ...

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Too many African leaders ‘unenlightened’ – Kofi Annan


Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan chided African leaders for their penchant to clinch to power through fraudulent elections in a paper addressing African leaders. He instead admonished them to invest in their country’s youth and build strong systems to deliver justice and development to their people. Delivering his ‘treatise’ during a lecture on leadership and public service dubbed ‘An afternoon with Kofi ...

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Reliable climate, weather data key to Africa’s agric transformation [Article]

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Africa’s agriculture sector is at a crossroads. Though it has about 60% of the world’s uncultivated arable land, Africa’s net food import is predicted to grow from $39bn in 2016 to over $110bn by 2025. Food production is desperately low due in part to the region’s poorly developed climate and weather alert systems to help farmers plan for crop seasons. ...

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Webster University holds public lecture on Africa-China relations


Webster University Ghana has held a public lecture on Ghana and China Relations in Accra. The one-day lecture themed: “Africa and China: economics, culture and development” addressed the economic ties between Africa and China with regards to trade, aid and investment which have become phenomenal among the two countries. Dr. Lloyd G. Adu Amoah, faculty and acting Director of the ...

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