EU Call for Proposals: Bioclimatic approaches for improving energy performance in buildings in Africa and Europe

Proposals should study the performance of a selection of European and African local bioclimatic building designs, local construction materials and techniques to determine how they could be utilized to increase the energy performance, living quality and sustainability of buildings in targeted geographical zones in Africa and their climatic and socio-economic conditions. Proposals should promote innovations, including bioclimatic approaches, to enable adaptation of local materials and techniques to current building design and construction practices and lifestyles. They should include maximizing passive cooling, passive ventilation, natural light gains and suitability for specific local climate conditions (e.g. stark rains). They should investigate how sustainable supply chains of local materials could be established or improved to cope with fast paces of construction, contributing to the support of local businesses. They should foster exchange and mutual learning between European and African stakeholders (policy-makers, architects, auditors, building sector private companies) for better regulation and implementation of locally adapted bioclimatic construction approaches.
Application Deadline in 5 months

Call for applications: African App Launchpad initiative 2019 for young African startups

AAL targets building capacity of ten thousand learners and establishing one hundred startups. AAL works by availing a high-quality, technology-learning online platform through crowd-sourcing top online content developed by prestigious universities and leading companies, and delivered through three leading MOOCs; Coursera, edX, and Udacity.
Application Deadline in 9 months

Call for Applications: Grants to protect natural resources, improve the production and distribution of food, and promote public health

The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation is currently accepting applications to protect natural resources, improve the production and distribution of food, and promote public health in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Application Deadline in 3 months

Call for Applications: Orange Social Venture Prize Africa & Middle East 2019

The contest aims to reward the best innovative and socially responsible business projects in Africa and the Middle East. This 9th edition unfolds in two phases: first the candidates participate to a national competition, then an international jury gives a grand prize to the best national winners. At both the national and international step, the viewers of this site can vote to add a name to the jury shortlist.
Application Deadline in 2 months

Call for Applications: Injini EdTech Incubator Program for EdTech Entrepreneurs in Africa

The Injini Cohort 3 programme will launch in May 2019. For this, 8 start-ups from across Africa will join the programme for 4 months during which we will deliver workshops, mentoring and networking as well as technology, research and dedicated support from the Injini team.
Applications are closed

Call for Proposals: Support implementation of Youth and Women in Livestock, Fisheries and aquaculture Agribusiness Incubation in Africa

In the framework of the implementation of the Member state funds to “Support implementation of Youth and Women in Livestock, Fisheries and aquaculture Agribusiness Incubation”, AU-IBAR will undertake to utilize these funds to empower African youth and women to effectively participate in the animal resources sector. The beneficiaries of this call of proposals will be members of the newly formed African Union networks; African Youth in Livestock Fisheries and Aquaculture Incubation Network (AYL-FAIN) and the African Women in Animal Resources Farming and Agribusiness Network (AWARFA-N) and other African youth and women engaged in the animal resources value chain in Africa.
Application Deadline in 5 days

Call for Applications: The AfDB Next African Global IT Leaders Program 2019 Spring Admissions

The African Development Institute of the African Development Bank is implementing the next African Global IT Leaders Programme under the aegis of the Korea-Africa Economic Cooperation (KOAFEC) Knowledge Sharing Programme (KSP). The objective of the programme is to create across the African continent a critical mass of global IT experts: highly trained professionals in ICT.
Application Deadline in 17 days

South Korea is ready to step up technology transfers to Africa

Speaking at a meeting on potential technology partnerships between Korea and Africa, representatives of Busan Metropolitan City, Busan Techno Park, and Korea’s Green Technology Center said there was huge potential for cooperation and immense opportunities for job-creating bankable projects.

Job Vacancy: Executive Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Deko Industries is an international group in the agro-food industry. We promote and use open source technologies in our operations. We have operations in Cambodia, Singapore, Mali and Nigeria. For our projects in Africa, we are looking to hire an Executive Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer (COO).
Application Deadline in 2 months

Call for Nominees for the 2019 Maize Youth Innovators Awards – Africa

The MAIZE Youth Innovators Awards aim to identify young innovators who can serve to inspire other young people to get involved in maize-based agri-food systems. Part of the vision is to create a global network of young innovators in maize based systems from around the world.
Applications are closed

African Development Bank Group approves $25 million Equity Investment in Fund for Renewable Energy Projects in Africa

ARPF projects will focus on mature technologies including wind, solar PV, small to medium hydro, geothermal and biomass. These would include grid-connected independent power producers (“IPPs”), and decentralized energy projects (commercial & industrial solar, mini-grids and solar home systems companies). The Fund’s strategy is to prioritize projects with a clear timeline to financial close, with emphasis on de-risking early stage greenfield projects.

The African Union Ten Years Aquaculture Action Plan for Africa 2016 - 2025

The prospects for Africa’s aquaculture are enormous. They are defned by the continent’s vast aquatic resources, land mass and climate that are suitable for the production of an array fsh species and essential inputs such as ingredients for feed. Of added advantage, is the fact that most of the world’s important tropical and sub-tropical aquaculture species are native to Africa.
2 months ago

Call for Applications: 2019 ACCEL Awards for Early-Stage African Start-Ups

The ACCEL Awards is an annual business start-up contest organised by the London Business School’s Africa Club in collaboration with the Club Alumni and Corporate Partners including FTSE 100 companies, venture capital firms, entrepreneurship incubators and media companies.
Applications are closed

Call for applications: 5th Cycle of $100m Entrepreneurship Programme to empowering African entrepreneurs

The Programme is a 10-year, $100 million commitment to identify, train, mentor and fund 10,000 African entrepreneurs. The Programme’s objective is to generate at least 1,000,000 new jobs and create at least $10 billion in new business revenue across Africa. Now in its 5th year, the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme has empowered 4,470 entrepreneurs, using a bespoke and robust selection, training and implementation process to create visible and sustainable impact across all 54 African countries.
Applications are closed

Call for applications: Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa 2019

Launchpad regional accelerators are tailored specifically to their local markets, and provide access to the best of Google - its people, network, and advanced technologies - helping startups build great products. In addition to our accelerators, Launchpad regional initiatives include exclusive events, mentorship opportunities, and trainings.
Applications are closed

Let get inspired by innovation and win together in 2019

With the convergence of artificial intelligence, 5G, IoT, blockchain and additive manufacturing technologies, we are at the dawn of disruptive innovation that will impact businesses and enterprises worldwide.

African Development Bank to raise over US$7 billion from capital markets for investment in African economies in 2019

The African Development Bank continues to build its profile in the capital markets for cost-effective resources to finance projects and programs in Regional Member Countries.

Sites in Iran, Morocco and Spain recognized as important for the world’s agricultural heritage

A traditional saffron cultivation system in Iran, an argan-based agro-pastoral system in Morocco, and an ancient olive trees system in Spain today won recognition from FAO as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS).

Call for Nominations: AIDF Africa Innovator Of The Year Award

The aim is to recognise individuals for their inspiring leadership, forward-thinking, creative problem-solving and implementation of innovative programmes that have helped drive African progress towards Sustainable Development Goals.
Applications are closed

Mobile money holds key to financial inclusion in Africa, experts say

More than 10% of adults in sub-Saharan Africa have a mobile money account, the highest in the world, and it is spreading to West Africa and beyond.

The AFRO: First Pan-African Cryptocurrency dedicated to Growth and Development in Africa

Against the backdrop of numerous national currencies affecting trade and growth on the continent, the AFRO provides a reliable, safe and secure solution suited to Africa’s development challenges.

Continental free trade area to boost e-commerce in Africa

High-level session at UNCTAD's Africa eCommerce Week shows that the continent has the potential to scale e-commerce enterprises - but its new free trade area will be key.

New Initiative to Mitigate Risk for Global Solar Scale-up

The World Bank and Agence Française de Développement (AFD) are developing a joint Global Solar Risk Mitigation Initiative (SRMI), an integrated approach to tackle policy, technical and financial issues associated with scaling up solar energy deployment, especially in some of the world’s poorest countries.

Digital pan-African platform to support young entrepreneurs launched for West and North Africa

Users can interact on the platform, leveraging features such as learning, an ecosystem map, and information around opportunities for funding youth development.

A Review of Commercial Biogas Systems and Lessons for Africa

The review identified the critical barriers to commercial biogas development to be high initial capital costs, weak environmental policies, poor institutional framework, poor infrastructure and a general lack of willpower to implement renewable energy policies and set challenging targets.

Africa-Europe Alliance to boost sustainable energy investments in Africa

A new high-level platform initiative brings together key players in the sustainable energy sector from the public and private sectors of both Europe and Africa.

Call for Applications: GovHack on Future and Progress for the cities of Berlin and Cairo

The risk of automation displacing millions of jobs worldwide in the next decade is now a well-known fact. However, what is not known is what new jobs will be created.
Applications are closed
5 months ago

Call for Applications: Al-Sumait Prize 2019 - Food Security in Africa

The prize is to be awarded to individuals or institutions who through their research projects or initiatives have made significant advancement in the Food Security on the African Continent.
Applications are closed

Call for Applications: 2019 GrowthAfrica Business Scaleup Accelerator in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Zambia

The GrowthAfrica Acceleration Programme is designed to help you scale your venture, make it investment ready and develop your entrepreneurial leadership with the aim of unlocking significant growth in your business.
Applications are closed

Call for Applications: The Tech Startups Challenge for women inclusion in Africa

To promote entrepreneurial initiatives managed by women and/or men, tackling the challenges of women's inclusion and gender inequalities – whether social, economic, cultural or political – and leveraging digital innovation for their development.
Applications are closed

Call for Applications: Ecobank Fintech Challenge 2018 for African Start-ups

Ecobank is looking for solutions that improve international trade and eCommerce processes by facilitating KYC and AML requirements. The solutions may reduce document management processes without compromising regulatory requirements, increase ease of payment, provide reduced charges and decrease reliance on FX.
Applications are closed
a year ago

Africa’s premier investment marketplace to accelerate continent’s economic transformation

The Bank is providing collaborative leadership for a new 100% transactional initiative, the Africa Investment Forum (AIF), which provides Africa’s best opportunity so far to encourage accelerated economic transformation. The African Development Bank is working with the world’s leading financial institutions to de-risk investment through the platform and make it a springboard for Africa’s economic transformation.
a year ago

Access Power launches 2018 edition of the $7 million Access Co-Development Facility (ACF) competition powering Africa & Asia

ACF 2018 aims to further build on the success of the previous three years where a total of 234 projects have been considered for the prize with several winning projects now benefiting from the mix of funding and technical expertise provided by Access Power.
Applications are closed
a year ago

Call For Innovations Addressing Africa’s Challenges

The Call for Application has been launched across Africa for Innovations Addressing Africa’s Challenges and we are seeking innovative and disruptive solutions to the major challenges facing African countries, which include energy access, water, food insecurity, health systems, and governance.
Applications are closed
a year ago

Call for Applications: The 2018 African Entrepreneurship Award

This year, the African Entrepreneurship Award will fund $1 million USD to African entrepreneurs with scalable and sustainable businesses in 2 new categories: Sports and Innovation.
Applications are closed
a year ago

Inclusive Climate-Smart Finance (in Africa) – Reaching those most in need

Addressing the climate challenge rests inter alia on the availability of adequate and sustainable climate-smart finance, along with properly designed mechanisms for its smooth provision.
a year ago

Africa Call for Proposals: Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition

Project proposals around this general theme should seek to connect research, innovation to the society at large. In particular Research projects that offer solutions and promote innovation are encouraged.
Applications are closed
a year ago

Call for Proposals: Farming systems to improve the sustainability of Mediterranean agro-ecosystems

PRIMA-IS is launching a call for research and innovation (RIA) proposals to mobilize the Euro-Mediterranean scientific communities, stakeholders and private entities and to support a wide range of research and innovation projects expected to produce a socio-economic impact in the near future.
Applications are closed
a year ago

Call for Proposals: Water reuse and water desalination for agricultural and food production

The challenge is to provide end-users with new more economically feasible water treatment technologies, taking into account the main environmental, socio-economic and legal and/or institutional constraints regulating the adoption of these technologies.
Applications are closed
a year ago

Concentrating Solar Power: Delivering Renewable Electricity When It’s Needed

With its relatively inexpensive thermal storage, Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) can help countries deliver clean, reliable energy to those who need it most, while reducing reliance on fossil fuels and helping mitigate the effects of climate change.
a year ago

Call for Applications: Microsoft AI Residency Program 2018 - Learn new Artificial Intelligence skills and improve people’s lives with intelligent technology

You will gain skills and hands-on experience working on practical AI and machine learning problems that help tackle some of society’s toughest challenges. The ideal candidate will have a passion for leveraging their expertise from computer science work and/or other technical fields to solve real-world challenges by applying AI and machine learning.
Applications are closed
a year ago

Call for Applications: Africa Food Price 2018 for Innovation in African Agriculture

The search is on for the winner of the 2018 Africa Food Prize - the preeminent award that recognizes outstanding individuals or institutions that are leading the effort to change the reality of farming in Africa from a struggle to survive to a business that thrives.
Applications are closed
a year ago

Kenya’s HydroIQ wins « Startup of the year Africa 2018 »

Founded by Brian Bosire & Victor Shikoli, HydroIQ is a virtual Water Network Operator. It brings intelligence in water distribution by preventing leakages on the network and automatic (mobile) billing a payment.
a year ago

Science, technology and innovation policies must be inclusive, with women and girls at the centre

The African Development Bank uses a multi-pronged approach to support girl’s education especially in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Between 2005-2017, the Bank approved US $2 billion to support more than 70 education projects for Africa. US $ 52 million in support to technical vocational education, training, and teacher education in Tanzania is helping reduce gender imbalance in science and technology related programs where female participation was only 11-19%.
a year ago

Orange Digital Investment launches a new investment initiative of 50 million euros devoted to start-ups in Africa

With Orange Digital Ventures Africa, the Group is acquiring an investment vehicle dedicated to innovative early stage African projects in the fields of new connectivity, fintech, the Internet of Things, energy and e-health. The objective is to target start-ups offering answers to the fundamental challenges of Africa while leveraging the operator's strengths on the continent.
a year ago

Africa Call for applications: High-level training program « LeAD Campus »

The goal of LeAD Campus is to identify the current and future leaders of Africa, develop their skills and projects so to help them contribute to a sustainable and inclusive growth across the continent. The LeAD Campus programme equips high-potential Africans with the skills to develop their leadership, their vision and their business.
Applications are closed
a year ago

Call for Applications: Africa's Entrepreneurship Development Programme

1,000 entrepreneurs will be selected based on the viability of their idea, including: market opportunity; financial understanding; scalability; leadership and entrepreneurial skills.
Applications are closed
a year ago

Africa's Coffee Sector: Status, Challenges and Opportunities for Growth

Among the commodities for which Africa seems to possess a clear comparative advantage, coffee is a principal one. Currently, 25 African countries grow coffee.
a year ago

AfDB approved US$324 million in loan support to two renewable energy projects in Morocco and Côte d’Ivoire

In line with the New Deal on Energy for Africa, the African Development Bank has approved US$324 million in loan support to two renewable energy projects in Morocco and Côte d’Ivoire that are expected to significantly increase power supplies and keep economic growth on track.
a year ago

Call for Applications: Startup of the Year Africa 2018

Startup of the Year Award is an international innovative competition created by Bonjour idée with the support of 70 partners (major business groups, incubators, chambers of commerce, media, competitiveness clusters, influential blogs). While shedding light on disruptive startups, this contest is meant to add value to the partners’ actions at the heart of the entrepreneurial ecosystem of innovation and startups, and put them in contact with innovative startups.
Applications are closed
a year ago

African Development Bank launches Youth Advisory Group to create 25 million jobs

The Jobs for Youth in Africa initiative aims to create 25 million jobs and benefit 50 million youth over the next 10 years by equipping them with the right skills to get decent and meaningful jobs. It is currently the largest effort going on for youth employment in Africa today. The advisory group, inaugurated on the sidelines of the 6th EU-Africa Business Forum in Abidjan on Monday, November 27, will work with the Bank to create jobs for Africa’s youth.
a year ago

Ethiopia’s waste-to-energy plant is a first in Africa

A new waste-to-energy plant is set to transform the site and revolutionize the entire city’s approach to dealing with waste. The plant, which is due to begin operating in January, will incinerate 1,400 tons of waste every day, that’s roughly 80 per cent of the city’s rubbish, all while supplying Addis with 30 per cent of its household electricity needs and meeting European standards on air emissions.
a year ago

European Union will mobilise €44 billion of sustainable investment for Africa and the Neighbourhood countries

The European Commission has defined concrete areas of investments for its External Investment Plan. The new plan will mobilise €44 billion of sustainable investment for Africa and the EU Neighbourhood countries.
a year ago

Access Power and FMO launch second edition of Solar ‘Shark Tank’ Competition for Innovative Solar Projects

In order to be considered for the grant, the proposed projects must be located in Asia, Africa or Latin America and be based on solar PV technology. They should also meet the capacity criterion of 10MW or more, and be at an advanced stage of development (preliminary feasibility studies should have been completed).
Applications are closed
a year ago

Secure, Trusted Internet Critical to Advancing African Economy

The report outlines what needs to be done for Africa to take full advantage of the digital opportunity offered by the Internet. It highlights local successes as well as broader challenges, offering recommendations for policymakers in Africa to adopt.
a year ago

Launch of Africa NDC Hub, African Platform to help 54 African countries on Climate-related Projects

This platform should be a catalyst for concessional funding for climate-related projects in Africa which will, in turn, help raise private finance. This is a most timely initiative, bearing in mind that, US$ 4 billion will be required to implement the NDCs, according to recent studies.
a year ago

African Governments and Off-Grid Energy Industry take steps to accelerate progress towards Universal Energy Access

Driven by technological advances and innovative business models, the off-grid solar sector has already improved energy access for at least 120 million people globally.
a year ago

IRENA’s Sustainable Energy Marketplace helps Projects Developers, Financiers and Service and Technology providers Connect to Bring Projects to Fruition

A virtual platform developed by IRENA, the Marketplace highlights promising low-carbon energy projects in developing countries and helps developers, financiers and service and technology providers connect to bring projects to fruition.
a year ago

AfDB approves €72 million loan for Radical upgrade of Tunisia’s Digital Capability

The project will strengthen public services through the use of digital platforms, on a grand scale and includes, notably, the implementation of online administrative services, sectoral information services, a digital ID system, and a data exchange platform.
a year ago

20 Top African Start-Ups Enter World Bank Group Digital Acceleration Program

Selected from a pool of over 900 applicants, these start-ups specialize in digital solutions for the African market, including fin-tech, transportation, health care, education, human resources, and B2B. All companies provide a digital product or service currently available in one or more African markets and show potential to scale across the region.
a year ago

AfDB partners with Purdue University to make Technologies available to African Farmers

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and Purdue University in the United States have agreed to work together to make technologies available to millions of farmers in Africa.
a year ago

Gulf of SUEZ project, a 250 MW Wind Farm in Rhas Gharib, Egypt

ENGIE has signed a contract to build, own and operate (BOO) a 250 MW wind farm together with its consortium partners Toyota Tsusho Corporation/Eurus Energy Holdings Corporation (40%) and Orascom Construction Limited (20%).
a year ago

EDF Energies Nouvelles and the ELSEWEDY ELECTRIC Group to partner for a 100 MW Solar Project in Egypt

EDF Energies Nouvelles and the ELSEWEDY ELECTRIC Group are to build and operate two solar projects totaling 100 MW in Egypt.
a year ago

AfDB’s Agricultural Transformation Strategy to guarantee 513 million tons of Additional Food Production

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has developed a new initiative called the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) initiative, a knowledge and innovation-based response to the recognized need to scaling up proven technologies across Africa.
a year ago

Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, to set up fund for Young Farmers, Agripreneurs with US $250,000 World Food Prize money

Under President Adesina’s leadership, the AfDB is accelerating agricultural development through its Feed Africa Strategy with planned investment of US $24 billion over the next 10 years.
a year ago

African Multinationals join forces within the AfroChampions Club to foster Africa’s Growth and Development

The AfroChampions Initiative has just taken a new step with the official creation of the AfroChampions Club, a new platform to mobilise African multinationals to accelerate the economic integration of the continent.
a year ago

Africa's Rapid Urbanization can drive Industrialization, says new UN report

A United Nations report out Thursday makes concrete recommendations on how the right African policy framework can harness the continent's rapid urban transition to drive industrial development.
a year ago

Africa holds the key for feeding 9 billion people by 2050, Adesina says during Norman Borlaug Lecture

Africa holds the key for feeding the nine billion people that will inhabit this planet by 2050, the President of the African Development Bank and 2017 World Food Prize Laureate, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, said during his Norman Borlaug Lecture delivered on World Food Day.
a year ago

Call for Applications: Innovation Prize for Africa 2018 Awards “Investing In Inclusive Innovation Ecosystems”

The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) announced the seventh edition of the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) themed “investing in inclusive innovation ecosystems” thereby inviting submissions to reward the best home-grown innovations on the continent. The annual Award seeks to celebrate outstanding breakthroughs that deliver practical, and commercially viable African solutions that are innovative and sustainable.
Applications are closed
a year ago

African Development Bank releases second Trade Finance in Africa survey report, “Overcoming Challenges”

The African Development Bank has so far supported more than US $5 billion of trade involving 90 banks in 25 African countries. The key sectors supported are agriculture (22%) and manufacturing (25%). Intra-African trade represented at least 20% of total trade supported.
a year ago

Renewable Energy in Emergent Countries: Lessons from Energy Transition in Morocco

To fulfill this energy transition, the liberalization of renewable energy market was adopted and financial mechanisms have been created to stimulate private sector involvement and to facilitate the implementation of the public–private partnership.
a year ago

Launching of the new edition of Digital Africa, an Innovation Competition to take up the challenge of Digital Transition in Africa

Digital revolution is transforming the African continent. It’s an innovative catalyst that revolutionizes economies and societies. Ecology, energy, culture, education, artistic creation, governance, media: digital technology has a transversal and multiplying impact in all those key sectors.
a year ago

EIB conference in Egypt calls for Private Sector to Lead New Push for Investments in the Mediterranean region

By stimulating investment in the private sector and vital infrastructure, it aims to create opportunities for employment and improve both daily living conditions and the business environment by increasing the provision of services like energy, transport, water, sanitation and education.
2 years ago

The future African workplace: The Use of Collaborative Robots in Manufacturing

This study provides valuable background on the international status of Cobot implementation and the possible impact on the African workforce. The study highlights the importance of building employee trust, providing the relevant training and addressing the fear of retrenchment among employees.
2 years ago

Thales creates a Global Center of Expertise in Metal Additive Manufacturing in Morocco

This industrial Competence Centre forms part of the Industrial Acceleration Plan 2014 to 2020, supported by the Kingdom of Morocco, which supports the development of an innovative ecosystem involving Thales and its local suppliers, including the creation of a high-tech industrial competence centre.
2 years ago

AfDB approves US $55-million loan for three Solar PV Projects in Egypt

Egypt has one of the best solar resources in the world, with daily sunshine averaging 9-11 hours, low humidity, and global horizontal irradiation of around 2230-2330 kilowatt-hour (“kWh”)/m2 per year. In order to meet the increasing energy demand, diversify the energy mix, and improve the environmental and climate footprint of the power sector, Egypt has developed an overarching regulatory framework for the development of renewable energy capacity with the aim of securing 20% of its energy generation from renewable sources by 2022.
2 years ago

The Future of Africa depends on Agriculture

Economic diversification and lasting wealth creation begins with a vibrant agriculture sector. Between $30 and $40 billion a year over the next ten years is needed to transform African agriculture and create the vibrancy. It’s a lot of money, but it is available, even within Africa, if the projects are good enough.
2 years ago

Public-Private Partnerships to improve productivity and reduce costs in the Poultry sector in Ethiopia

Focusing on two regions of Ethiopia, Amhara and Tigray, the partnership seeks to improve productivity and reduce costs by increasing access to improved poultry breeds and training smallholder farmers to raise them effectively. EthioChicken imports improved breeds, as well as mills and supplies feed and vaccines to ensure their survival and health.
2 years ago

EBRD and Proparco sign first projects under Egypt Renewable Energy Framework

The EBRD and Proparco have together provided US 116 million of financing for the construction and operation of two 50 MW solar photovoltaic power plants. These are the first two projects to be financed under the second round of Egypt's ambitious feed-in tariff scheme and will be part of the planned 1.8 GW Benban solar complex in Aswan province, in the southern area of Upper Egypt.
2 years ago

Strategy for Agricultural Transformation in Africa 2016-2025, AfDB

The scale of resources required for transformation is significant: the transformation of a selection of 18 value chains will cost an estimated $315-400bn over 2015-2025. This exceeds by far – the funds available from the public sector; private sector capital is needed, and there are sufficient funds in African capital markets if they can be appropriately mobilized by the public sector.
2 years ago

AfDB to invest US$24 billion in Africa's Agricultural Development in the next 10 years

The African Development Bank (AfDB) will invest US $24 billion dollars in agriculture as part of its Feed Africa programme, a strategy for agricultural development in Africa.
2 years ago

Integrated Energy Solutions, Agricultural Value Chain and Building Resilience to Transform Precarious situations in the Desert part of Africa

In a collaborative initiative, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) have joined efforts to operationalize the ‘Desert to Power program’ in eleven countries including Sudan.
2 years ago

NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility proposes Regional Information Hub to Stimulate Investment in Africa

While Africa has huge potential particularly in the infrastructure sector, bankable investment opportunities in Africa must be unlocked. There has been much talk about Sovereign Wealth Funds, Pension and Insurance Funds, and other institutional investors investing in infrastructure in Africa, but this has not happened to the scale envisaged. These institutional investors have not been guided towards the right types of projects tailored to their specific profiles and financing needs and given the massive resources in these institutions.
2 years ago

Alibaba founder Jack Ma announced the creation of a US$10 million African Young Entrepreneurs

UNCTAD is working with Mr. Ma to explore opportunities with African businesses to participate in global trade, as well as to raise awareness of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted by the international community in 2015.
2 years ago

Blockchain based GAEX platform looks to revolutionize African agricultural industry

The Global Agricultural Exchange or GAEX Pronounced guy-ex, is a startup innovative commodity trading platform that looks to harness the power of Blockchain technology. Working out of Abidjan and New York City, the fintech platform will focus on providing liquidity to farmers and to commodity buyers around the globe by providing an easy, transparent, digital solution to transact.
2 years ago

Fifteen Eco-friendly African Start-ups receive prestigious SWITCH Africa Green-SEED Awards

The SEED awards are part of a global programme that recognizes innovative, environmentally friendly start-ups in developing countries, and helps them grow their businesses and lead by example.
2 years ago

Supporting #DigitalAfrica brings rewards for European and African business alike, says major conference ahead of G20 designed to spur investment and create jobs in Africa

The aim is to support development by fostering innovation, tech entrepreneurship and the expansion of the digital economy in Africa through well targeted investment and practical support on the ground. Investors, start ups, small businesses and major companies in Europe and Africa will join the discussion to help pinpoint ways, projects and initiatives to encourage future investment.
2 years ago

New World Bank Group Facility to Enable more than $1 billion for Women Entrepreneurship

The World Bank Group today announced the creation of an innovative new facility that aims to enable more than $1 billion to advance women’s entrepreneurship and help women in developing countries gain increased access to the finance, markets, and networks necessary to start and grow a business.
2 years ago

Climate Change and Renewable Energy Generation in Africa

We advocate for international commitment in terms of reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases. Moreover, African countries should continue investing in renewable energy technologies to achieve a low-carbon energy mix. Higher taxation or reduction in subsidies of crude oil based technologies could be beneficial to the development of the renewable energy sector.
2 years ago

Morocco secures US $25 million loan from the Clean Technology Fund for Hybrid Solar Project

The project consists of two separate CSP plants, each with 150-190 MW CSP capacity and a minimum of 5 hours of thermal storage. The envisaged installed capacity of the PV component could reach approximately 150-210 MW, making the total capacity of each of the proposed plants 300-400 MW and the total capacity of this first phase 600-800 MW.
2 years ago

African Governments commit to Investing in Green Innovation to boost Continent's Development

African ministers agreed to promote circular economy, green economy, blue economy and industrial symbiosis strategies in their countries, and to upscale and replicate the circular economy and green business development policies and programmes to enable the growth of sustainable entrepreneurship as a key driver of Africa’s economic transformation agenda.
2 years ago

Proparco and IFC invest in Green Bond to promote Sustainable and Renewable Energy projects in Morocco

The financing is expected to help save 938,000 tons on average of CO2 emissions equivalent per year, as well as the equivalent of 17.36 million tons of CO2 in greenhouse gas savings over the remaining lifetimes of the projects being financed.
2 years ago

DFS Lab Announces Investment in African Fintech Startups

Digital Financial Services Lab (DFS Lab) today announced it would invest $250,000 in four separate fintech startups that are building products that help low-income consumers in developing markets. Inclusive (based in Ghana), Pula (based in Kenya), Pezesha, (based in Kenya), and Teller, (based in the United States), were each selected for financing after presenting their products at DFS Lab's Fintech BootCamp in Sri Lanka earlier this year. DFS Lab, which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, seeks to identify promising entrepreneurs and invest in companies that focus on consumers in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.
2 years ago

G20, African countries explore Opportunities to Increase Investments in Africa at Berlin conference

In cooperation with international organisations and bilateral partners, the participating African countries will develop tailor-made measures and instruments designed to make them more attractive to investors. Five countries have already committed to join: Tunisia, Morocco, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire and Rwanda. They are now being joined by Ghana and Ethiopia.
2 years ago

AfDB explores Investment Strategies to tilt Markets in favour of African farmers

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has proposed new investment strategies in Africa’s agriculture sector, which, if properly implemented, would effectively alter the market structures around the world in favour of the African farmers of major cash crops like tea, coffee and cocoa.
2 years ago

The Africa Competitiveness Report 2017 : Addressing Africa’s Demographic Dividend

The report finds that the ability of Africa’s economies to generate enough jobs for its young and growing population rests on the successful implementation of urgent structural reforms to boost productivity. Competitiveness is defined as the set of institutions, policies and factors that determine the level of productivity, and hence future prosperity, of a country.
2 years ago

The Impact of Larger-Scale Agricultural Investments on Local Communities : Updated Voices from the Field

This updated report seeks to describe in a more nuanced manner the perceived impacts arising from associated agribusiness investments, including spillover effects on the local community and more widely, whether intended or unintended.
2 years ago

New Atlas shows Energy Potential of Africa and Opportunities for Investment to meet Africa’s Energy needs

Current energy production in Africa is insufficient to meet demand. About a third of the total African population still lacks access to electricity and 53 per cent of the population depends on biomass for cooking, space heating and drying. A kettle boiled twice by a family in the United Kingdom uses five times as much electricity as a Malian uses in a year.
2 years ago

Fostering Development (in Africa) Through Trade Finance

Africa accounts for just 3 per cent of global trade and has a lower proportion of intra-regional trade than any other part of the world. The continent remains overly dependent on the export of raw materials, so that growth levels fluctuate in line with international commodity prices.
2 years ago

Technical and Economic Performance of 1MW Grid-connected PV system in Saudi Arabia

In this paper, a feasibility study has been done utilizing real time solar irradiance data for a 1MW grid-connected PV system in Qassim region in the middle of Saudi Arabia. The analysis has been done using both technical and economic indicators. Technical performance indicators are; Yield Factor, Capacity Factor and Performance Ratio. Economic indicators are; Levelized cost of energy and simple payback time.
2 years ago

115 million Euros Financing for a Large-Size Onshore Wind Farm in in the Gulf of Suez Egypt

The Gulf of Suez windfarm project involves the design, construction and commissioning of a large-size onshore wind farm of about 200MW located on the west bank of the Gulf of Suez, some 400 km southeast of Cairo with up to 100 turbines will be installed. The site, of a size of around about 57 km², is characterised by its arid desert conditions and has very favourable wind resources.
2 years ago

The Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries announces an investment of USD 7.4 million in a Beef Exporter in Ethiopia

The Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries (Norfund) announces an investment of USD 7.4 million in Verde Beef Processing PLC, an Ethiopian beef producer. The capital provided by Norfund will help VBP become the largest cattle processing operation in Eastern Africa by enabling the construction of a state of the art abattoir and meat processing facility, currently underway, and also fund working capital for the business.
2 years ago

Berkeley Lab study finds that Renewable Energy could be Cost-Effective option to meet Africa’s Energy Demands

To meet skyrocketing demand for electricity, African countries may have to triple their energy output by 2030. While hydropower and fossil fuel power plants are favored approaches in some quarters, a new assessment by the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has found that wind and solar can be economically and environmentally competitive options and can contribute significantly to the rising demand.
2 years ago

The New Deal on Energy for Africa aims to increase on-grid generation to add 160 GW of new capacity by 2025

The New Deal on Energy for Africa helps to unify all of the other efforts that are currently driving towards achieving the goals of universal access in Africa. It focuses on five key principles: raising aspirations to solve Africa's energy challenges; establishing a Transformative Partnership on Energy for Africa; mobilizing domestic and international capital for innovative financing in Africa’s energy sector; supporting African governments in strengthening energy policy, regulation and sector governance; and increasing the African Development Bank's investments in energy and climate financing.
2 years ago

Moving towards a Green Productive Agriculture in Africa: The role of ICTs

The paper discusses the potential of ICTs to transform Africa’s agriculture in an inclusive and sustainable way, by benefitting smallholders, addressing land reform issues, providing adequate financial services, price and market information as well as by boosting global value chains.
2 years ago

Europe strongly advancing Renewable Energies in Africa

These sustainable energy projects have an indicative EU contribution of €300 million, which is expected to leverage total investments amounting to €4.8 billion, adding 1.8 Gigawatts of new renewable energy generation in Africa. The European Union is a key counterpart for Africa on sustainable energy cooperation.
2 years ago

German Government unveils Marshall Plan for Africa with Focus on Entrepreneurship, Private Sector, Renewable Energy and Green Growth

The blueprint proposes a "new level" of equal cooperation between Africa and western countries in areas such as education, trade, business development and energy. It also calls for better and more equitable market access for African exports, an end to illicit financial flows from Africa and tax evasion by multinational companies.
2 years ago

FAO and USAID launch Africa Sustainable Livestock 2050 project

Africa Sustainable Livestock 2050 aims to facilitate dialogue, knowledge sharing and consultation among livestock, health and environment stakeholders in order to identify opportunities and threats associated with the long-term development of livestock.
2 years ago

Innovative "solar wall" will reduce energy costs, saving money for critical community healthcare services

While the solar wall makes an attractive addition to the building, the 37kW system's most distinct feature is that it is expected to perform best in the the winter, unlike most PV installations, which typically generate more power during the summer. The high-efficiency array featuring SunPower® panels mounted on a custom vertical rack is expected to save UHP more than $230,000 over the system's life.
2 years ago

Empowering Women in Africa through Access to Sustainable Energy - A desk review of gender-focused approaches in the renewable energy sector

Women and men do not have equal access to energy, the same energy service may impact women and men differently, driving distinct social and economic outcomes for each group. The gendered division of labour creates different energy needs, as do different perceptions of the benefits of energy and the capacity to access those benefits depending on one’s gender. Energy poverty hinders social and economic development.
2 years ago

Performance analysis and investigation of a grid-connected photovoltaic installation in Morocco

The aim is to encourage the use of solar PV system for government, commercial and residence building in Morocco based on the obtained results. The system is made up of 20 modules of 250 Wp and one inverter of 5 kW. The assessed parameters of the PV installation includes energy output, final yield, modules temperature, efficiency module, performance ratio (PR) and others.
2 years ago

Bioethanol in Africa: A Case for Technology Transfer and South-South Cooperation

This paper presents an overview of the concerns affecting sugarcane bioethanol production in Africa and provides recommendations for resolving them. Land tenure and land use for bioethanol feedstock production continue to present challenges, as do agricultural practices and productivity, food security and environmental risks. The industry also needs better infrastructure, policies, quality assurance and international trade standards.
2 years ago

Africa needs Quality Infrastructure for Sustained Economic Growth and Inclusiveness

Building in concepts of quality throughout the project life cycle, from feasibility planning and design to operation and maintenance was cited “as a key element in providing economically efficient and socially inclusive infrastructure.”
2 years ago

Disrupting Africa: Riding the wave of the digital revolution

Disruptive innovation is transforming Africa’s economic potential, creating new target markets and unprecedented consumer choice. Capitalising on these potential opportunities demands a complete rethink of customer engagement and business development strategies.
2 years ago

The Unexplored Potential of Trade in Services in Africa

Novel data collection methods such as crowdsourcing and mystery shopping, pioneering knowledge transfer practices and experiences with innovative policy reforms applied to both modern and traditional services sectors are explored to draw attention to available assessment tools and policy instruments for possible refinement and broader application across sectors.
2 years ago

Launch of Boost Africa Initiative, a new integrated approach to boost Start-ups and High-Growth SMEs across Africa

Boost Africa will contribute to fostering the development of an efficient entrepreneurial ecosystem in Africa by supporting the earliest and riskier stages of the venture value chain, in an economically viable and sustainable way. Boost Africa aims to spur the entrepreneurial potential of the African youth to create innovative and compelling businesses with the capacity to compete regionally and globally, to attract domestic and foreign direct investment, to create new and quality jobs, and contribute to inclusive and sustainable economic growth.
2 years ago

Technology, Innovation needed to Drive Agricultural Revolution in Africa

Korea shared lessons of how it revamped its agriculture sector using improved technology and innovation, coupled with mechanised farming. As a country which experienced rice shortage of up to 20 percent in the 1950s and early 1960s, and which relied on the United States for food aid in the 1950s, Korea’s new methods of transformation saw it turnaround its agriculture, significantly improving rice production.
2 years ago

Economic Development in Africa Report 2016

This report analyses Africa’s international debt exposure and how domestic debt is increasingly playing a role in some African countries as a development finance option. It also examines complementary financing options and how they relate to debt.
2 years ago

Sources of Ethiopia’s Export Growth: a Constant Market Shares Decomposition Analysis

Ethiopia’s exports grew by more than 700% in real terms between 1995 and 2014. For a landlocked country depending much on primary products and with little success in export diversification, the growth recorded over the past two decades is no mean feat. In this study we assessed the sources of this rapid export growth during the post-reform period of 1995-2014.
2 years ago

Growing Green, The AfDB and CIF Program for a Climate-Smart Africa

AfDB CIF portfolio contains 39 policy-based Investment Plans in various stages of preparation and development. Of these, 21 contain a total of 41 projects going through the range of development from preparation to implementation. Of the 17 projects already approved and underway, 8 are in renewables for middle- and low-income countries, 5 address resilience and adaptation, and 4 address renewal of the forest sector.
2 years ago

Digital Innovation competition open to African and French Start-ups working for Development in Africa

Africa is more and more connected, particularly due to the rapid adoption of mobile telephony, and has become a continent of digital innovation. The development of mobile payments and the increasing adoption of smart phones and broadband Internet are among the many factors that now enable digital entrepreneurs to propose new products and services in all economic sectors.
2 years ago

FDI inflows to Africa could return to a growth path in 2016, increasing by an average of 6 percent to $55–60 billion

MNEs are indeed showing great interest in the African auto industry, with announced greenfield capital expenditure into the industry amounting to $3.1 billion in 2015. Investment into Africa’s auto industry is driven by industrial policies in countries such as Morocco, growing urban consumer markets, improved infrastructure, and favourable trade agreements.
2 years ago

The Renewable Energy Sector and Youth Employment in Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia

Energy markets in the Maghreb countries are expected to undergo significant changes over the upcoming years: energy consumption should increase by as much as 50% in the next ten years. Meanwhile plans are being developed to expand transmission networks between Maghreb and Europe. These expected developments coupled with declining oil reserves and large RE endowments observed in most Maghreb countries, are making the gradual increase of RE within the energy mix an increasingly appealing option.
2 years ago

Solar PV Poised to Boom in Africa Thanks to Declining Costs

Solar PV in Africa: Costs and Markets, estimates that installed costs for power generated by utility-scale solar PV projects in Africa have decreased as much as 61 per cent since 2012. Today, installed costs for these projects are as low as USD 1.30 per watt in Africa, compared to the global average of USD 1.80 per watt.
2 years ago

Chinese Special Economic Zones: Lessons for Africa

This brief analyzes 35 years of Chinese special economic zone (SEZ) development, identifies Chinese SEZs’ success factors and challenges, and provides recommendations to Africa for successful implementation of SEZs. The impact of Chinese SEZs on national development has been impressive. Its insightful application was a critical factor for triggering a period of quick industrialization, which in turn enabled China’s recent success history of economic transformation.
2 years ago

Accelerating access to Electricity in Africa with Off-Grid Solar

This report considers the full range of solar devices, using terms such as ‘solar household solutions’ or ‘solar off-grid options’, except where it specifically refers to solar lanterns or larger solar home systems (SHS). The availability of information about the market for different categories of product is uneven, and the studies reviewed focus on the market for quality-certified products.
3 years ago

US $30 billion to benefit Farmers, Strengthening Africa’s Agriculture

The funds will support investments to increase production and income for smallholder farmers and local African agriculture businesses over the next decade. A session on “Making Political, Policy and Financial Commitments to Africa’s Agricultural Transformation” saw Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta, pledge US $200 million to support 150,000 young farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs to access markets, finance and insurance over the next five years.
3 years ago

African countries urged to prioritize Mechanized Agriculture for Increased Productivity

Nigeria has embarked on a pilot project to provide tractors and fertilizer to farmers with the aim of boosting agricultural production. Abdullahi Abubakar, the Deputy Director for Engineering and Mechanization in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said his department has partnered with Agricultural Equipment Hiring Enterprises (AEHEs), and is currently working with 110 centres to provide services to smallholder farmers. “Mechanization makes the farmer more efficient, displacing unskilled labour and allowing the farmer to till a large parcel of land over a short time,” he said.
3 years ago

Innovative Financing is crucial for transforming Africa’s Agriculture, says new report

The report calls on African governments to urgently step up partnerships with various actors in order to grow agricultural finance, at the same time creating an enabling environment to foster innovation to the benefit of the smallholder farmer. The AfDB is one of the main players in agricultural financing on the continent. Between 1967 and 2014, it approved loans and grants to African member countries with commitments amounting to US $100.68 billion, of which agriculture and rural development accounted for 12.4 percent (US $12.45 billion).
3 years ago

Organic Farming in Africa has rich potential, but is increasingly underfunded

Organic farming offers an excellent and lucrative export opportunity for Africa, but access to finance is harder to come by than five years ago, an UNCTAD survey has found. An example of the opportunity comes from an East African regional programme, which saw the region's organic exports grow from $4.6 million in 2002/03 to $35 million in 2009/10, according to the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements. The programme led to a common regional organic standard and significantly increased crop yields in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, and the United Republic of Tanzania.
3 years ago

AfDB and Sasakawa Africa Association sign MOU to boost Agriculture and Agribusiness in Africa

Already the Bank is rolling out its ENABLE (Empowering Novel Agri-Business Led Employment) Youth initiative, in partnership with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). The program seeks to bolster youth entrepreneurship in agriculture and agri-business. The initiative will see the Bank train the next generation of agriculture entrepreneurs, also referred to as 'agripreneurs' in several countries, and provide them with seed money through banks to finance their business plans.
3 years ago

AfDB and Japan Announce US$3 Billion Private Sector Development Initiative to Boost Growth and Reduce Poverty in Africa

Japan will target to provide US$ 1.5 billion over 3 years through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The AfDB expects to finance at least an equal amount. On top of this, Japan is ready to provide an additional special allocation of US$ 300 million for co-financing with the AfDB to help African countries access the best low emitting clean coal technologies available.
3 years ago

The Emergence of a Solar Energy Innovation system in Morocco: a Governance perspective

Taking the case of Morocco, this paper aims to explore the challenges to system-building initiatives for the development of the solar energy sector. Drawing on innovation systems (ISs) literature, I examine factors that contribute to the emergence of a solar energy sector and delve into how complex governance dynamics affect such developments in Morocco. Aside from low capabilities and knowledge on solar energy technologies, a key challenge to the development of an IS in Morocco is the lack of a strategic approach that not only engages all relevant stakeholders but also integrates diverse objectives.
3 years ago

Life Cycle Assessment of a HYSOL Concentrated Solar Power Plant: Analyzing the Effect of Geographic Location

The aim of this paper is to evaluate the environmental performance of a CSP plant based on HYSOL technology using a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology while considering different locations. The scenarios investigated include different geographic locations (Spain, Chile, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and South Africa), an alternative modelling procedure for biomethane, and the use of natural gas as an alternative fuel.
3 years ago

Study on Supergrid Presents Scenarios and Technologies for a Renewable-Based Energy Supply: MENA, North Africa and Southern Europe

The percentage of renewables in the electricity supply is steadily growing worldwide. Using a combination of different renewable sources, an ecological and economical electricity mix can be realized across national borders. Decisive here is the reliable supply, storage and distribution of renewable electricity. In the Supergrid project, several Fraunhofer institutes joined together to research just how such an electricity and transmission grid between North Africa and Europe could function.
3 years ago

China’s Outward FDI in Africa: Enterprises with Different Ownership Types

The purpose of this paper is to discuss the consequences of China’s outward direct investments in Africa in terms of enterprises with different ownership types. First, this paper contributes to the examination of a large number of Chinese enterprises’ investment projects in Africa. Second, in addition to the investment activities of central state-owned enterprises, investment activities initiated by local state-owned enterprises and private enterprises are also addressed in this paper.
3 years ago

Combining quantum dots and organic molecules can enable Solar Cells to capture more of the Sun’s light

Light from the sun is our most abundant source of renewable energy, and learning how best to harvest this radiation is key for the world’s future power needs. Researchers at KAUST have discovered that the efficiency of solar cells can be boosted by combining inorganic semiconductor nanocrystals with organic molecules.Quantum dots are crystals that only measure roughly 10 nanometers across. An electron trapped by the dot has quite different properties from those of an electron free to move through a larger material.
3 years ago