Ghana: Why a 15-Year-Old Decided to Build Bikes From Bamboo in Ghana

Ghana: Why a 15-Year-Old Decided to Build Bikes From Bamboo in Ghana

Anzisha Prize (Johannesburg) At an African Leadership Academy event in Johannesburg last year, I asked a young Ghanaian entrepreneur, Winifred Selby, what motivated her to co-start Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative when she was just 15. The award winning company makes bicycles out of bamboo and has caught the attention of global organisations. “I always say Africans are […]

Green Growth the Future of Africa: AfDB 2014 Meeting

Green Growth the Future of Africa: AfDB 2014 Meeting

Africa recorded nearly 4% GDP growth last year, a two-percentage point decline compared to 2012, according to 2013 results released by the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) at the annual meeting in Kigali. The performance compares favorably with other regions and was driven by investments, urban demand, trade and natural resources, as well as bounties […]

Why is business suffering in northern Nigeria?

Why is business suffering in northern Nigeria?

A violent insurgency is being waged in northern Nigeria by the extremist Islamist group Boko Haram. Insecurity has taken its toll on the regional economy and especially the country’s second largest city, Kano. But some of the challenges faced by local businesses precede the troubles. Tomi Oladipo reports. Source:bbcnews

MCC Helping To Change Healthcare In Lesotho

MCC Helping To Change Healthcare In Lesotho

The services Mahlape receives at her community health clinic have drastically improved her health—and possibly even saved her life, she said. She receives regular checkups and antiretroviral treatments to battle her HIV. The treatments and immunizations have provided her infant son with a better chance at a more productive future. And with the recent opening […]

How Will African Economies Fare in 2013?

How Will African Economies Fare in 2013?

guest column  Photo: Daniel Hayduck/IRIN A cargo vessel leaving port. In 2013, Africa is likely to maintain its decade-old pace setting annual average economic growth rate of 5 percent or more, according to estimates from the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Africa Development Bank. The strong economic growth will likely extend beyond […]

U.S. and Seychelles Initial Open Skies Agreement

U.S. and Seychelles Initial Open Skies Agreement

Office of the Spokesperson Department of State Washington, DC December 12, 2012 Today, delegations representing the United States and the Seychelles initialed the text of a U.S.-Seychelles Open Skies Agreement. The Agreement, which will be applied on the basis of comity and reciprocity pending entry into force, will liberalize our bilateral aviation relationship. This agreement […]

Africa: Communication Technologies Transform Relief and Development

Africa: Communication Technologies Transform Relief and Development

Nairobi — Since Africa’s first mobile phone network went live in 1994, mobile phone penetration has shot up to 65 percent; access to the internet is also increasing rapidly. Today, information and communications technology (ICT) plays a central role in promoting development and humanitarian assistance. “Communication technology is reshaping the world we live in”, said […]

S.Africa’s Cell C aims to boost mobile market share

S.Africa’s Cell C aims to boost mobile market share

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s third-largest mobile phone operator, Cell C, is adding about 700,000 new subscribers a month after sharp price cuts to take market share from bigger rivals MTN and Vodacom, its newly appointed head said on Monday. The unlisted company, in which Saudi Telecom has an indirect stake, plans to have up […]