African women in science are making waves
To mark International Day for Women and Girls in Science, African Development Bank asked contributors to the recently released Sanitation and Wastewater Atlas for Africa about the science that went into the Bank co-publication and their experiences as pioneering women in their field. Hear their experience here: AfDB
10,000km cable to run Subsea telecom Africa-1 and connect three continents
The Africa-1 consortium started constructing the 10,000km cable optical submarine network that will connect Africa to Europe, the Middle East, & Asia. Biztechafrica.com
The african hidden champions initiative sets off
The African Hidden Champions Initiative aims to showcase and celebrate the unique stories of sub-Saharan African businesses. Africa Foresight Group.
Africa borderslands initiative in full swing
In the horn of Africa region, this idea was pioneered by IGAD, with the establishment, a few years ago, of the Cross-border Development Facilitation Unit at Moroto in Uganda, to promote development in the cross-border area shared by Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, and Uganda. UNDP
Africa infrastructure bank looks forward to greener future
AFC has already invested more than $60m in a wind power project in Djibouti in the Horn of Africa. The bank was looking at renewable energy opportunities in Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Madagascar and Mozambique. Financial Times
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: Nigerian powerhouse to head the WTO
Former World Bank vice-president wants the trade body to focus on raising living standards in the wake of the pandemic. Financial Times
AfDB and harvard kennedy school to train african economists on “building back better” post-COVID-19
The Country Economics Department (ECCE) and the Human Resources Departments (CHHR) of the African Development Bank are collaborating with researchers at Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) and Executive Education at Harvard Kennedy School to train the Bank’s Country Economists on effective post-COVID-19 response and recovery strategies for Africa. AfDB
World pulses day creates awareness of global sustainable foods
The goal of the day — which falls annually on February 10 — is to increase awareness of global food and its role in sustainable food production. Take a moment to check out of food exposure essay about Africa’s local foods: WWF Africa
Beyond ‘black panther’: Afrofuturism is booming in comics
A bumper crop of graphic novels and comic books melds African culture and science fiction, with influences as wide-ranging as space travel, Caribbean folklore, and Janelle Monáe. New York Times.
Kenya launches $34m project to tackle effects of climate change.
The project, backed by the Green Climate Fund, aims to help 620,000 people in 11 counties in dryland areas and restore over 500,000 hectares of rangelands. News Trust.
West africa solar receives $100m boost
West Africa hybrid solar power solutions provider Daystar Power plans to raise about $100m within the next three years to satisfy existing client demand. Africa Report
Africa's new free trade area is a global game-changer and this is why
AfCFTA, the largest global free trade area by countries participating, could transform the continent's economic prospects. It aims to be a model of cross-border cooperation in an era of growing isolationism. Weforum.
Egypt expresses interest in hosting COP 27 climate talks in 2022
Egypt is interested in hosting the next round of UN climate talks scheduled for 2022, a country official has. Climate News
Kenyan recycles plastic waste into bricks stronger than concrete
The bricks which are made of plastic waste have proven to be stronger and durable compared to concrete blocks. Reuters.com
South africa launches tourism equity fund
The fund’s goal is to provide access to finance for black-owned commercially viable tourism projects. Africa Report.
Huge seizure of illegal wildlife products by Nigerian customs officials
Important new details have emerged about the seizure of illegal wildlife products by Nigerian customs officials at Apapa port in Lagos. Elephant Protection Initiative.
Sahel-France summit to examine escalating conflict in Mali
According to Reuters, the summit will include the announcement of a Chad troops deployment to the border region of Niger, Burkina Faso, and Mali to reinforce national armies that are battling Islamist insurgents. Allafrica.com