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 …

Continue reading ‘New initiative to give Africa cheap electricity’ »

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 …

Continue reading ‘Africa urged to ‘go big’ on solar energy’ »

Africa News Headlines for 15 July 2014

‘Democracy dividend’ bringing real economic growth to AfricaSource: The Yorkshire Post Oscar Pistorius allegedly involved in drunken altercation at South Africa nightclubSource: UPI Uhuru’s rockstar cousin to tour with Linkin ParkSource: The Star It’s official: No more Malawi arrests under anti-gay lawsSource: Erasing 76 Crimes Two African Obituaries: Dikko and GordimerSource: Africa in Transition Uganda …

Continue reading ‘Africa News Headlines for 15 July 2014’ »

Africa News Headlines for 12 June 2014

Sex toys may be illegal in many African states but social taboos are fadingSource: The Guardian Afreximbank to inject over $18m into Gabonese economySource: StarAfrica African Wildlife Conservation and Kenya’s Wildlife Policy ActSource: Africa in Transition Total starts new oil operations in AngolaSource: UPI FEATURE: Is there enough funding for startups in Africa?Source: HumanIPO Canada …

Continue reading ‘Africa News Headlines for 12 June 2014’ »