African science drive raises duplication fear

By Puneet Kollipara [WASHINGTON DC] As research centres and partnerships mushroom in Africa, their funders increasingly tie money to results, addressing concerns that these efforts to boost the continent’s science are inefficient or overlap, a meeting heard. “There is a huge focus on results-based financing,” said Mariam Adil, economist for the Africa Education Unit at …

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A simple way to prevent African water wars

By Nader Noureddine Ethiopia should lower the height of its Renaissance saddle dam to defuse the water crisis, says Nader Noureddine. The first stage of Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance dam project is fast approaching its end. At 70 metres high, the dam is just 25 metres shy of the target for this stage of the project. …

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Africa urged to ‘go big’ on solar energy

By Puneet Kollipara [WASHINGTON DC] Tumbling costs and technological advances mean solar energy could play a major role in an international project to expand electricity access in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to its organiser. “We think there’s a tremendous opportunity to go much bigger on solar,” Andy Herscowitz, coordinator of Power Africa, told attendees at the …

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Ghana’s gold diggers: Land and rivers laid to waste

By Jon Spaull     Large swathes of Ghana’s gold belt have been laid to waste in the search for the precious metal by illegal small-scale miners. Cocoa plantations have been cut down and rivers polluted with heavy metals, including mercury, used to extract gold. In this, the second of a four-part film series on …

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Communication vital for Africa to achieve the SDGs

By Gilbert Nakweya [NAIROBI] Since the adoption of the UN’s Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development by world leaders on 25 September last year, I have been looking for opportunities that can offer innovative lessons for Africa to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). One such opportunity arose last week (3 February) when I attended the …

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