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William Kamkwamba, inventor, engineer, and subject of 2019 Hollywood movie ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’, joins a stellar group of entrepreneurs and global business leaders to discuss ‘empowerment and energy access’ at the Youth Energy Summit (YES!)

YES! will launch a series of focus groups in Nigeria, South Africa and Egypt

“Our vision is to empower 100,000 more ‘Williams’ by aef2029 to close the gap between population growth and energy access.  The initiatives are there, the need is there, the entrepreneurs are everywhere and YES! is here to identify them and provide them the tools to succeed…” Harry Gibson, EnergyNet (www.EnergyNet.co.uk).…

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University of Southern California Schwarzenegger Institute Hosts Eisenhower Fellows from Africa

Participants came from seven African countries and diverse fields including agriculture, housing, public safety, water quality, finance, food security, and environmental protection

The USC (https://www.USC.edu) Schwarzenegger Institute hosted 20 Eisenhower Fellows from Africa working to address the challenges of pollution and global warming. Members of the Eisenhower Fellowships’ Africa Program visited the University of Southern California (USC) in the middle of a six-week tour of the U.S. to meet with experts and exchange…

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Blue Note Records and Universal Music Group Africa Announce the Creation of a New Imprint Blue Note Africa

Blue Note Africa Launches this Spring with the Release of Nduduzo Makhathini’s Newest Album In The Spirit of Ntu

The legendary Jazz label Blue Note Records and Universal Music Group Africa have announced the creation of Blue Note Africa (www.BlueNote.com), an exciting new imprint dedicated to signing Jazz artists from across the African continent, bringing them to a global audience, and promoting a cultural exchange of ideas that transcends…

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    • COVID:19 Scale of education loss ‘nearly insurmountable’, warns UNICEF
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COVID:19 Scale of education loss ‘nearly insurmountable’, warns UNICEF

In Ethiopia, primary school children are estimated to have learned between 30 to 40 per cent of the math they would have learned if it had been a normal school year

More than 635 million students remain affected by full or partial school closures. On the International Day of Education and as the COVID-19 pandemic nears its two-year mark, UNICEF shares the latest available data on the impact of the pandemic on children’s learning. “In March, we will mark two years…

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Coronavirus - Nigeria: ‘Flying Doctors’ boost Nigeria’s COVID-19 testing

The COVID-19 response across Africa has propelled a raft of innovations

Red-gloved hands gently dip cotton swabs down nostrils and mouths of people taking turns to stand in front of a tall booth, masks lowered and head tilted backwards. Inside the booth to which the gloves are attached is a COVID-19 sample collector. Set up by Nigerian health investment firm Flying…

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USAID announces New $100 Million Project to anticipate threats posed by Emerging Infectious Diseases

STOP Spillover will contribute directly to the reduction of future outbreaks from known zoonotic viruses

Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched Strategies to Prevent Spillover (STOP Spillover) a five-year, $100 million project to anticipate and address threats posed by the emerging zoonotic diseases that pose the greatest risk of jumping from animals to humans.  STOP Spillover will play a significant role…

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Coronavirus - Kenya: COVID-19 Information

There is no Government of Kenya mandate for a COVID-19 test before arriving at the airport complex

Health and Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy Nairobi July 31, 2020 Location:  Kenya Event:  The Kenyan Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works revised yesterday’s announcement regarding the resumption of international air travel as of August 1st.  According to this directive, the United States is one of 18 countries…

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Coronavirus - Africa: What will power the post-pandemic global economic recovery?

Mauritius, for example, is planning to generate over a third of its electricity from renewable sources within the next five years

Islands at the forefront Some of the countries and regions at the forefront of this wholescale shift to renewables are islands, where the need to avoid the significant cost of importing fossil fuels, such as oil and gas, provides added motivation.  Mauritius, for example, is planning to generate over a…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Business giants worth $16 trillion commit to mobilising resources to build back better from COVID-19

The group promised to promote regulations that facilitate investment in sustainable development and create more resilient economies

In a meeting convened by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today, leaders of prominent financial institutions and businesses pledged to scale-up sustainable investments globally, especially in countries most in need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Global Investors for Sustainable Development Alliance issued a statement (see below) vowing greater action…

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Strength in depth for Blitzbok squad – Werner Kok

Kok played in his 50th HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament in California and reflected on the comeback effort by the Blitzboks to overhaul Fiji to win 29-24

He has been there, done that and then some – yet, for Werner Kok, the Blitzboks’ come-from-behind win against Fiji in the final of last weekend's HSBC LA Sevens was still an unbelievable achievement and something he ascribes to the great depth in the Springbok Sevens set-up. Kok played in…