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$177m earmarked for Nigeria under $3.5b Africa ocean economies initiative


Africa is once again at the centre of global focus, thanks to an initiative aimed at ensuring that its marine economies are climate-resilient. In the face of a changing global climate, Africa and its coastal communities that rely on the oceans for their food security and livelihoods are considered particularly vulnerable. But succour may just be around the corner, going ...

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Mohammed, Jallow-Tambajan, Ndume, others win African women awards


Gambia’s Fatoumatta Jallow-Tambajan, Minister of Women Affairs and Overseer – Vice President’s Office, is the New African Woman of the Year. The fearless Gambian human rights activist won New African Woman magazine Award at a ceremony that took place in Senegal on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Fatoumatta Jallow-Tambajan is said to be instrumental in galvanising the opposition that eventually beat long-term now exiled ...

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Carbon Forum to promote climate action in Africa


A three-day international conference will explore how engagement between State and non-State actors can be further strengthened in the key sectors for Africa, such as energy, agriculture and human settlements. The Africa Carbon Forum (AFC) will likewise attempt to determine the role of future carbon markets in achieving enhanced climate action towards the goals of sustainable development. The AFC 2017, ...

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African CSOs to Europe: Don’t hijack our renewable energy

Mithika Mwenda

Almost 200 African civil society organisations on Thursday, April 6, 2017 condemn what they perceive as European manipulation and compromising of the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI), a transformative, Africa-owned and Africa-led inclusive effort to accelerate and scale up the harnessing of the continent’s huge renewable energy potential. Tensions appear to have erupted over the actions of France and the ...

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Academy of Sciences, NEPAD commit $2m to boost Africa’s scientific capacity


AAS-AESA and partners’ investment will increase Africa’s population of postdoctoral researchers with support from Carnegie Corporation of New York The African Academy of Sciences and the NEPAD Agency’s Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) and its partners have announced a $2 million programme, which will train postdoctoral researchers to support globally competitive research in African universities and ...

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COP12: Time for blue economies in Africa, says Bamba, head of Abidjan Convention


The need to link the protection and conservation of the marine environment with sustainable development and improved livelihoods for local communities was highlighted when specialists from five continents began meeting on Monday, March 28, 2017 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, at the Expert Segment of the 12th Conference of the Parties (COP12) to the Abidjan Convention. Addressing the meeting, the Executive ...

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Solar minigrids can unlock Africa’s off-grid market – Report


Minigrids, small isolated distribution networks increasingly powered by clean energy, could capture an increasing share of the $740 million sub-Saharan off-grid market, according to a report released by Rocky Mountain Institute on Monday, March 20, 2017. “The minigrid market has the potential to reach $1.5 billion annually and could include many millions more people if product manufacturers and services providers along ...

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Lagos emerges leading African destination on Fortune 500 list

Lagos Marina

Infomineo reveals rising global interest in the Middle East Africa region, and listing the leading destinations on the Fortune 500 to include Dubai, Johannesburg, Casablanca, Nairobi, Lagos, and Cairo Lagos, the bustling Nigerian commercial capital city, is among the leading African destinations on the Fortune 500 list, according to a new report released by Infomineo, a global business research company. ...

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African leaders urged to close continent’s energy deficit


Former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, and President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, have called on governments to close Africa’s energy deficit. They made the call on Monday, March 13, 2017 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, at the launch of the Africa Progress Panel Report on “Lights, Power, Action: Electrifying Africa,” which calls for the adoption of every available ...

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Hayatou regrets not winning W/Cup for Africa


Embattled Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) President, Issa Hayatou, has revealed that he regrets Africa did not win the World Cup during his 29-year reign. He made the revelation during an exclusive interview with Kwesesports, as he prepares for yet another election as CAF President fixed for March 16, in Ethiopia. “My biggest failure is that I never won the World Cup. ...

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