Development

Italy announces €5.5 billion support plan for Africa

At the Italy-Africa Summit, Rome promotes its plan to create jobs and opportunity in Africa and discourage its young people from making dangerous journeys across the Mediterranean Sea. Africa demands action instead of empty promises. Italy, which has just assumed the Presidency of the G7, has unveiled a €5.5 billion plan to support African development, which it hopes will stem …

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Helmsley pledge $2.19 million to help end blinding disease in Zambia

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has joined Sightsavers in the global fight against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), with a grant of US$2.19 million to help eliminate the blinding disease in Zambia. The funding was announced at the Reaching the Last Mile Forum in Dubai where a total of $777m US dollars were pledged to help fight the 21 conditions classed …

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Germany offers Africa “reliable partnership”

Germany is offering itself to African countries as a long-term and reliable economic partner. That is the message of Berlin at the G20 Compact with Africa (CwA) Conference in the German capital city this week. “Africa is our partner of choice when it comes to intensifying our economic relations and taking the common path to a climate-neutral future,” said Chancellor …

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The world converges at Bazaar Berlin 2023

From 8 to 12 November, around hundreds of exhibitors from all over the world will present their products at Bazaar Berlin, the international fair for Crafts Fair, Design, Natural Goods and Fair Trade Products. From sustainable furniture and wood accessories from Portugal or hand-printed cotton fabrics from India to Bolga baskets from Ghana – everything revolves around arts and crafts, …

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Women in rural Africa no longer give birth in darkness, thanks to off-grid solar energy

600 health clinics across sub-Saharan Africa use solar-powered lights and energy systems to stay open for longer. Expectant mothers in rural Africa no longer give birth in darkness, thanks to off-grid solar energy provided by d.light ……… PALO ALTO, CA., USA, AND NAIROBI, KENYA – 21 August 2023 – 600 health clinics across sub-Saharan Africa are able to provide care …

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Nigeria to establish university-based diaspora research centre

Nigeria to establish a research centre on diaspora issues in its quest to more actively engage its citizens living outside their homeland The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has allocated N1billion for the establishment of a diaspora research centre at the University of Ibadan (UI). Sonny Echono, TETFund executive secretary, in a statement signed by Abdulmumin Oniyangi, said the centre …

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Germany discusses partnership with ECOWAS

ABUJA, Nigeria, July 20, 2023/APO Group/ — The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) received a delegation from the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on a courtesy visit on the 17th of July 2023 to discuss ways of strengthening cooperation. The areas of collaboration discussed during …

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Nigeria: Enugu launches programme to attract diaspora investment

The Governor of Enugu State, Dr Peter Ndubuisi Mbah, is looking to the diaspora for investment in his self-professed determination to transform the economy of the southeastern state. Mbah, who assumed office on 29 May, launched the Enugu State Diaspora and Investment Forum (ES-DIF) recently, with the objective to attract increased investment from the state’s indigenes in the diaspora. Enugu …

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Zenaga Foundation wins German sustainability prize for project in Nigeria, Senegal

The German Award for Sustainability Projects 2023 was presented recently at a colourful ceremony in Berlin. The annual award promotes a greater awareness of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations in the social, economic and environmental fields as well as efforts to attain the goals. This year again, big and small companies and non-governmental organisations were …

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President Tinubu invites David Alaba to invest in Nigeria

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has invited David Olatokunbo Alaba to invest in Nigeria, the homeland of the Austrian international footballer’s father. The Nigerian leader made the plea when he addressed Nigerians in Paris on Thursday in his first formal engagement with the diaspora. Asiwaju Tinubu, who is in the French capital to attend the Global Financing Pact Summit convened by …

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Opinion: How to drive German-Ghana relations

German analyst Gerd Eckert* looks at the potential benefits of greater German engagement in Ghana as the West African country marks its 66th independence anniversary — Ghana – a former British colony – gained its independence under the leadership of the first Prime Minister, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, who is now respected as a visionary of his time. Today we hear …

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NIDO Austria holds conference on how remittances can power renewable energy in Africa

The Austrian chapter of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe (NIDOE) holds a conference on Friday (10 February) in Vienna on how the diaspora can contribute to efforts to end energy poverty in Africa. With the theme Renewable Energy for Economic Development in Africa: The Role of Remittances, the hybrid event will examine how remittances can be deployed into investment …

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GPAD: Conference on Africa to hold in Berlin

The COVID-19 pandemic had already dampened the steady economic upswing in Africa. Then came the war in Ukraine, which has led to sharp increases in food and energy prices, imposing severe challenges on African countries as the living conditions of the people worsen across the continent. At the same time, EU’s efforts to partner with African countries have increased significantly …

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Are you a global-minded person between the age of 18-30?

LEAD AFRICA INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY 2022 – A capacity development program for young Africans and people of African descent from around the world A week-long training program aimed at bringing together 15 – 30 emerging leaders to develop skills for combating challenges inhibiting development in Africa and African Diaspora. The program’s objective is to develop the theory and practice of Sustainable …

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David Alaba supports SDGs in Nigeria, builds sanitary facility

A modern toilet facility in the town of Ogere Remo in Ogun State, Nigeria, was opened with fanfare on Thursday. The facility, which serves a community market, is a gift from the Austrian football star David Alaba to support Nigeria’s efforts to attain the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 15.3 million-Naira project was commissioned by the Federal Minster of …

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Gates Foundation optimistic about SDGs despite setbacks

Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates call on leaders to keep commitments to world’s poorest and invest in innovation, ingenuity to continue saving millions of lives. Gates Foundation Goalkeepers Report Says Progress Still Possible Despite Setbacks to Global Goals The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Tuesday released its sixth annual Goalkeepers Report, noting that nearly every indicator of the …

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Sociologist seeks support for organic farming project in Togo

Tomfei Kougnon, a young sociologist who trained in biodynamic agriculture in Switzerland, is appealing for support to realise his dream of an organic farming project in his home country, Togo. Organic farming is an agricultural system that uses fertilizers of organic origin such as compost manure, green manure and bone meal, and places emphasis on techniques such as crop rotation …

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Why Africa should reject rush to renewable energy By NJ Ayuk

In May 2021, the International Energy Agency (IEA) issued a report calling for a halt to oil and gas exploration around the globe at the end of 2022. NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman, African Energy Chamber, argues in this opinion piece that denying Africa the benefits of its oil and gas resources could hinder the continent’s development—— African countries are hardly …

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Ghana’s economy showing signs of rebound, but two challenges remain — report

A new report reveals signs of rebound in Ghana’s economy, but shows that COVID-19 and the Ukraine-Russia crisis will test its resilience and inclusivity. The report, Transforming Ghana, reviews the country’s development over the past ten years (2012–2021) and evaluates the African Development Bank’s contribution through its High 5 strategic priorities——— Ghana has enjoyed two decades of steady growth, but …

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