YALI courses do African entrepreneurs no good

Ademola Adenle, Colorado State University Growing youth unemployment remains a socio-economic challenge in Africa. Several initiatives, including foreign development aid programmes, are being deployed to address this. Many come with noble intentions. But they are undermined by the flawed approach of parachuting solutions made in the West. A study focusing on a seven year old …

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New initiative to give Africa cheap electricity

By Baraka Rateng’ [NAIROBI] A new initiative, Scaling Off-Grid Energy: A Grand Challenge for Development, will invest US$36 million to empower entrepreneurs and investors to connect 20 million households in Sub-Saharan Africa with off-grid energy by 2030. The initiative was announced at the US Global Entrepreneurship Summit last month (23 June) by USAID administrator Gayle …

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Africa News Headlines for 17 July 2018

A selection of Africa news headlines from around the globe during the past 24 hours. Liberia, Ethiopia: Africa’s Oldest Republic and Oldest Country Sign Cooperation Agreement. Source: Global News Network South African super-telescope reveals distant galaxies and black holes Source: The Guardian It’s always a good time for Irish businesses to sell in South Africa …

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US$4 million project to control lethal maize disease

By Gilbert Nakweya [NAIROBI] A new project has been launched to control the spread of a lethal viral disease which affects maize yields and threatens food security in many Sub-Saharan Africa countries. The project for tackling maize lethal necrosis (MLN), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), was launched at a workshop …

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Horn of Africa faces drier weather

By Emma Brown The eastern Horn of Africa may be getting drier — not wetter as current climate change models predict, a study shows. The study, published in Science Advances last week (9 October), shows that the region, which includes Djibouti, eastern Ethiopia and Somalia, faces increasing dryness as global temperatures rise. The finding raises …

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