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It does not only suffice to rank African states as the most corrupt states in the world, especially as central governments in Africa partner with deceitful banks in the West to contribute to Africa's dilemma.
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Notice & Information pour les OSCs sur le sommet de l’UA de janvier 2014-Institut Africain de la Gouvernance

The Citizens and Diaspora Organization Directorate of the African Union Commission (CIDO) has the honor to inform African Civil Society and Diaspora Community that the 22nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Union will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 24 to 31st January 2014.


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Innovation in Africa: What Young African Women Entrepreneurs Have to Say | Huffington Post

Innovation in Africa: What Young African Women Entrepreneurs Have to Say | Huffington Post | Africa's development | Scoop.it

How can we support and improve Innovation in Africa?

 

Supporting innovation in Africa is no easy task. Political instability, civil wars, terrorism, and uncertainty often disturb the ecosystem of progress and sustainable development. I meet with three of Africa's most innovative young women entrepreneurs who share their thoughts on how to improve and support innovation. Often, we find that when discussing innovation in Africa, such discussions normally don't include young African voices, particularly that of women and girls. But their voice matters and without the inclusion of African women and girls in such discussions, whether of that involving technology, sustainable development, or innovation -- change cannot happen.

 

Research conducted by the African Development Bank (AfDB) shows an increase ranging from 10 to 30 percent in the number of women-led enterprises over the last decade. In Uganda alone, women account for 40 percent of businesses (EIU, 2010). As the number of women entrepreneurs and innovators increase, their voices can no longer be ignored. African women and girls have a significant role to play in Africa's economic and innovative transformation.

 

Nkem Uwaje, Managing Director of FutureSoft Nigeria and winner of the 2012 Etisalat Nigeria Prize for Innovation states, "We can improve innovation in Africa by supporting people with innovative ideas and I think that competitions and contests are a good way to start. African governments and the private sector need to work together to launch more contests and competitions that focus on innovation."

 

Innovation needs an enabling environment. This means creating hubs where innovators can meet, share ideas, and collaborate. We [youths] need a space where ideas can be incubated and where prototypes can be developed. Without this, we are bound to fail as a continent. In addition, ICT development is very important to Africa's innovation ecosystem and future. ICT is vital to ensuring that Nigeria and Africa will not be left behind. Everyone keeps talking about the digital divide, but instead of bridging it, it keeps on getting bigger. We need government policies that ensure that technology is not a privilege but a basic amenity. My company, Futuresoft is playing its part in making ICT more accessible through our iConnect project."

 

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Amiya lee & Kaylyn Flowers's curator insight, April 8, 2015 4:58 PM

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This has to do with the social section because women entrrepreneurs in Africa are increasing which is forcing womens voices to be heard.  Women in Africa want to make the continent more innovative and improve the  economy.  Slowly yet surely Africa is making a change wirhin their country for the better.

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African women rising up!

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South African miners refuse gold firms' final wage offer

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South Africa's unions have rejected the final pay offer made yesterday by the Chamber of Mines on behalf of the country’s gold mining sector, raising the prospect of widened strikes in Africa’s largest, but struggling economy.

 

The body, which represents the country’s main gold producers, such as AngloGold Ashanti (NYSE: AU) (ASX: AGG), and Gold Fields (NYSE: GFI), responded to workers demands late Tuesday with a 6.5% pay raise offer. ...


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Africa Next

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For the first time in generations, more investment than foreign aid is pouring into Africa. But is that growth enough to change its future?

 

This is the first article in six-part series designed to investigate the changing economic and developmental possibilities that are facing the African continent.  As more foreign investors are exploring potential windfalls in Africa, it is making places that were on the margins of a global economy more directly tied to the process of globalization. 

 

Tags: Africa, development, globalization, economic, NGOs, unit 6 industry. 


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Rich's comment, September 24, 2012 2:12 PM
So why is it that only one village has been recieving funding and jobs while the other is being left in the dust (almost literally) with barely any water? It is no wonder why the village that is getting left behind is resistant to the change, they have recieved nothing in return compared to the others who are recieving funding aswell as jobs. This company is endangering the lives of those people, they are poor enough as it is without their food/water sources.
Victoria Morgia Jamolod-Umbo's comment, September 27, 2012 9:01 AM
Africa is a rich country with so many problems. If you consider the fact how rich is Africa when it comes to their natural resources, then you will realize that there is a deeper problem. The investments that are pouring into Africa, hopefully will solve a lot of problems. God save Africa!
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Uganda considering genetically modified organisms to stave off crop disaste

Uganda considering genetically modified organisms to stave off crop disaste | Africa's development | Scoop.it
uganda, cassaca, oregon, crops, agriculture, crop disease, africa, genetically modified organisms, gmo, monsanto, environment, global development

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Cathryn Wellner's curator insight, June 15, 2013 11:56 AM

Industrial agriculture has created many of the problems and is now going to solve them with the same technology. Did I get that right?

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Africa’s emerging middle class is the world’s fastest growing

Africa’s emerging middle class is the world’s fastest growing | Africa's development | Scoop.it

After years of headlines about Africa‘s poverty, its emerging middle class is now grabbing attention as a driver of growth and democracy and an expanding pool of consumers for market-hungry retailers.


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s mba's curator insight, May 17, 2013 6:44 AM

In its Africa Pulse report last month, the World Bank said consumer spending accounted for more than 60 percent of Sub-Saharan Africa’s buoyant economic growth, which it forecast would accelerate to more than 5 percent over the next three years, far outpacing the global average.

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For years Africa has been known as the continent with the poorest countries in the world. However they are currently experiencing a large economic growth with an emerging middle class. Things like phones, cars, food, and clothing are at a higher demand, creating a fast growing economy.

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Stability in Africa now key to world economy

Stability in Africa now key to world economy | Africa's development | Scoop.it
To hear the head of the International Monetary Fund saying security in Africa is vital for the financial stability of the entire world is incredibly uplifting, writes Ivor Ichikowitz (RT @ParamountGroup1: Stability is crucial because the growing African...
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Private Recreation of Wealth in Africa - Huffington Post

Private Recreation of Wealth in Africa - Huffington Post | Africa's development | Scoop.it
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What has surprised many investors however, has been the steady rise of the forgotten sibling, the Last Born, Africa.
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Why tech innovators are Africa's future - CNN International

Why tech innovators are Africa's future - CNN International | Africa's development | Scoop.it
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During my trips to Africa while coordinating the Apps4Africa competition, I witnessed from the innovators a real desire to innovate and have their voices heard.
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Learning from Young Leaders Who Are Transforming Africa - The ...

Learning from Young Leaders Who Are Transforming Africa - The ... | Africa's development | Scoop.it
“As young African leaders, we need patience, but every day we must do what we can. I realized that waiting for others to ... He won a scholarship and graduated from African Leadership Academy in South Africa.

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The Rise Of The African Woman

The Rise Of The African Woman | Africa's development | Scoop.it
VENTURES AFRICA – “If women want more rights than they got, why don’t they take it and stop talking about taking it.” A century after these words were uttered by Sojourner Truth, men and statistics are quick to point out that women have heed her words. Indeed, history is filled with stories, tales and wit of both men and women during the tumultuous march to emancipation and birth and grooming of the idea of feminism. Today, there are more female country leaders, more female business owners and titans of industry; and in almost every country, women can vote.
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Poor Numbers: how we are misled by African development statistics

Poor Numbers: how we are misled by African development statistics | Africa's development | Scoop.it
On November 5, 2010, Ghana Statistical Services announced that it was revising its GDP estimates upwards by over 60 percent, suggesting that that in the…...

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Rethinking social accountability in Africa: lessons from the Mwananchi Programme | Event | Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

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Despite evident economic progress in Africa, inequality is slowing the rate at which growth delivers better services to poor people.

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Broadband cost reduction in West, Central Africa | Afrique en Ligue

A significant step towards achieving a lower communications cost within the West and Central Africa regions has been taken by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency, with a private ICT consultant commissioned to do a study on broadband cost reduction.


A statement, made available to PANA here Thursday, by the South Africa-based continental Agency, said Detecon International had been selected to conduct the study.

 

It said that the company would also design the networks and develop business plans expected to attract investments in broadband in the two regions.

Speaking during the agreement-signing ceremony in Johannesburg, NEPAD’s Director of Corporate Services, Bankole Adeoye, said 'The speedy development of broadband infrastructure is key to Africa’s socio-economic development,' promising that NEPAD would ensure the follow up on the implementation of ICT regional projects.

According to the statement, 'Ultimately, it is believed that countries in the west and central African regions will experience lower costs towards their broadband use.

”The outcomes of this consultancy will be an important milestone in the development of the regional broadband backbones that will lead to improved connectivity and broadband services in 25 countries in West African and Central African States.

 

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Column: An agenda to boost Africa's economy - WKZO

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Invest in Africa's equity and commodity markets. Despite all the interest in Africa's economic growth and investment potential, it's still very hard to invest on the continent.
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Les visas tuent les chances de la prospérité en Afrique selon la BAD - Afriquinfos

Les visas tuent les chances de la prospérité en Afrique selon la BAD - Afriquinfos | Africa's development | Scoop.it
Les visas tuent les chances de la prospérité en Afrique selon la BAD - Afriquinfos http://t.co/nSNJ7ztzxW via @afriquinfos

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South African township's solar-powered cafe

South African township's solar-powered cafe | Africa's development | Scoop.it
Entrepreneur converts shipping container into mobile internet shop powered entirely by the sun.

This 2-minute video shows how a an enterpreneur has made his business (an internet cafe) self-sufficient, not relying much on external infrastruture.  Modern Africa has advanced beyond what many in the developed world acknowledge and is beyond some the old stereotypes of that characterize how people view the 'Dark Continent.' 

 

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Matt Mallinson's comment, November 5, 2012 2:36 PM
This shop is awesome. Good for him opening this up randomly, from security guard to owning a solar powered cafe. It gives children the opportunity to become more familiar with the internet and how to use it. What a great idea.
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In South Africa, a shipping container is transformed into a mobile internet shop reliant on solar power. While the rest of the world is much more advanced in technology, this shows how non-advanced countries are trying to catch up!

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Building a venture from scratch not for the faint-hearted, says gourmet tea entrepreneur

Building a venture from scratch not for the faint-hearted, says gourmet tea entrepreneur | Africa's development | Scoop.it

Cote d’Ivoire-born Swaady Martin-Leke is the founder and CEO of YSWARA, a newly launched African tea company that is targeted at the higher-end consumer market. The company is based in South Africa, but sources its teas from across the continent. According to Martin-Leke, the luxury market in Africa offers increasing opportunities with the steady growth in the African middle class and discretionary income.


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Western analysts and fund managers discuss the investment case for Africa

Western analysts and fund managers discuss the investment case for Africa | Africa's development | Scoop.it
Insight into business in Africa (Nairobi now the world's hottest property hotspot.
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An Alternative African Developmentalism : A Critique of Zero-sum Games and Palliative Economics « amaizo.info

An Alternative African Developmentalism : A Critique of Zero-sum Games and Palliative Economics « amaizo.info | Africa's development | Scoop.it
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Investing in Africa: Follow the fixer | The Economist

Investing in Africa: Follow the fixer | The Economist | Africa's development | Scoop.it
AS GLOBAL investors salivate over Africa's economic growth, Ashish Thakkar, founder of the Mara Group, explains why success still hinges on local knowledge.
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If you love Africa so much why are you leaving? | Thought Leader

If you love Africa so much why are you leaving? | Thought Leader | Africa's development | Scoop.it

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Nicola share her inspiring story of growing a stronger desire to help transforming South Africa when being outside the country.

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Sierra Leone leads West Africa in economic growth - Africa Review

Sierra Leone leads West Africa in economic growth - Africa Review | Africa's development | Scoop.it
Africa Review Sierra Leone leads West Africa in economic growth Africa Review The region`s economy grew at a rate of 6.9 per cent in 2012, compared to a 5.9 per cent increase the year before, and more than double the global rate, President...

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farmlandgrab.org | African pension funds: The missing link to African development?

farmlandgrab.org | African pension funds: The missing link to African development? | Africa's development | Scoop.it
Africa is regarded as the New Eldorado, and is attracting many foreign based private or public investment companies, sovereign wealth funds and even pension funds gradually.

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