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Report finds stark disparities in COVID-19 impacts across the globe

New data reveals world stepped up to prevent worst-case scenarios from happening; spotlights need for long-term investments to ensure an equitable recovery and continued progress toward the Global Goals SEATTLE, USA, 14 September 2021 -/African Media Agency(AMA)/- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today launched its fifth annual Goalkeepers Report, featuring an updated global dataset illustrating the pandemic’s adverse impact …

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How cybercrime threatens Africa’s thriving digital economy — Experts

Cybercrime is one of the top risk factors likely to jeopardize Africa’s economy especially at this time when the continent is transitioning to E-commerce under the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). That’s according to panelists at a Book Talk hosted by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) on 2 September 2021 The “Book Talk” was jointly organised by ECA’s Knowledge Management …

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Facebook Marketplace rolls out across sub-Saharan Africa

Facebook has announced the launch of Facebook Marketplace to 37 countries and territories in sub-Saharan Africa. Currently available in South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria, Marketplace exists as a point where people can discover, buy, and sell items from others in their local communities. This is done by tapping on the Marketplace icon or visiting Facebook Marketplace to browse and …

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SAP Dual Study Program fast-tracks work readiness for African university graduates

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, August 26, 2021 -/African Media Agency(AMA)/- African university students with ambitions for a career in the fast-paced world of technology are receiving welcome support in the form of the SAP Dual Study Program, a skills development initiative aimed at closing the digital skills gap among graduates. According to Johann Pretorius, Director of Training at the SAP Training …

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Pandemic drives use of digital health solutions across Africa

New study shows huge opportunity in digital health with 41% of internet users in Africa regularly using their mobile phones to search for health information. It tells the story of a continent on the cusp of digital health transformation. ——JOHANNESBURG, South Africa,, August 24, 2021 -/African Media Agency(AMA)/- There has been an exponential rise in the number of people engaging …

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How a Germany-based organisation is helping Nigeria tackle COVID-19 pandemic

Munich, Germany-based Nigerian IT specialist Kazeem Ojoye explains how technological tools help to facilitate diasporas’ transnational engagement through the use of mobile applications and online platforms to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. He reports on how his organisation supported a state government in Nigeria in its pandemic containment efforts. ——– Diaspora is a term used to refer to the expatriate population …

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How Nigerian engineer is helping to transform the fortunes of the Niger Delta

The development challenges facing the oil-rich Niger Delta region of Nigeria are known globally, thanks to the activities of international environmental rights groups. The travails of Niger Deltans include environmental degradation, lack of drinking water while dwelling right in the middle of it and inadequate transport infrastructure. In addition to these challenges, communities in the Niger Delta often experience power …

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New airline takes off in Nigeria

Green Africa Airways Limited has announced the commencement of flight operations following its inaugural flight at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, on Thursday. The airline recently announced that it had received the Air Operators Certificate from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority. According to a statement by the airline, operations officially commenced with the inaugural flight from Lagos to Abuja …

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Oracle, UNHCR partner to impart IT skills on refugees in Kenya

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Implements Workforce Development Program in Kenya with Oracle NAIROBI, Kenya, August 12, 2021 -/African Media Agency(AMA)/- Oracle today announced that the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, in Kenya has finalised a workforce development program for young refugees in Kenya, in collaboration with Oracle University. The UNHCR delivers professional learning courses on Oracle Cloud technologies …

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German state awards grants to African and Baden-Württemberg startups

Twenty-three start-ups in Africa and the German state of Baden-Württenberg have been awarded grants, including funds totalling 100,000 euros, by Baden-Württemberg Development Corporation Foundation (SEZ). Nineteen of the beneficiaries will receive funding, training and mentoring while the rest will benefit from training and mentoring. SEZ is the international development agency of Baden-Württemberg, one of Germany’s 16 federal states. The grants …

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Why African central banks must work together to roll out digital currencies – Mauritius

Bank of Mauritius Governor, Harvesh Seegolam, has called on African Central Banks to collaborate on digital currencies. He made the call at a meeting of the Ministers of Finance and Governors of central banks of all 54 African countries, held in Burundi and virtually on Thursday. This year’s edition of the annual gathering focused on ‘Digitalization for Inclusive Recovery and …

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Nigerian appointed university chancellor in Scotland

A Nigerian, Yekemi Otaru, has been named Chancellor of the University of the West of Scotland (UWS). The university, with origins dating back to 1897, made this known via a statement on its website. Ms Otaru will formally take up the role of Chancellor at the UWS on 1 September 2021, succeeding Dame Elish Angiolini. The 42-year-old holds four degrees …

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Nigeria: Akpabio revives hope for abandoned projects in Delta, Akwa Ibom

Long abandoned projects in the Niger Delta receive new hopes for completion, courtesy of Senator (Chief) Godswill Akpabio’s transformation agenda. Prince (Barrister) Anthony Ekene Onwuka, Special Assistant, Project Monitoring and Special Duties, Presidential Monitoring Committee on the NDDC, explains the work of the Committee and how the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs is changing the dynamics of development in the …

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What African enterprises need to know about the next ten years — CEO, SAP Africa

By Cathy Smith, Managing Director at SAP Africa Are African enterprises at risk of extinction, just as millions of natural species face extinction due to the impact of climate change? Businesses and countries across the continent are attempting to rebuild following the devastating economic impact of the pandemic. It is perhaps an opportune time to take stock of whether we …

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How to write about Africa

A new handbook recommends eight steps to development and humanitarian organisations to share their work on the continent more ethically. Africa No Filter, the not-for-profit working on narrative change on the continent, is challenging the development community to adopt more ethical approaches in their storytelling with the launch of its new handbook, How to Write About Africa in 8 Steps: …

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Munich: World’s leading solar industry exhibition turns 30

Munich/Pforzheim, July 15, 2021: After three decades of working towards a sustainable energy supply for the future, Intersolar, the world’s leading exhibition series for the solar industry, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Having started off as the local Solar ’91 exhibition, Intersolar has evolved to become the most important solar industry platform in the world. The exhibition brings …

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Malabo hosts Africa’s biggest tech meeting

Technology at the service of African youth and the continent: TEG Campus, the biggest tech meeting in Africa, returns for a 4th edition with the theme “The Tech Response” ——– Equatorial Guinea, 16 July 2021 -/African Media Agency(AMA)/- From 22 to 27 July, the annual TEG Campus event will bring together for the 4th year in a row African players …

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Why cybercrime poses existential threat to West Africa’s economy — Expert

By Titilayo Adewumi, Regional Sales Director: West Africa at SAP LAGOS, Nigeria, 6 July 2021 -/African Media Agency(AMA)/- While organisations across West Africa work to recover from the economic impact of the pandemic, the global cybercrime industry is going into overdrive. An increasingly sophisticated cybercrime industry is launching a range of attacks aimed at organisations and critical infrastructure. Such attacks …

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German funding for Nigerian Startups! Call for Application!

Do you have an idea, business or initiative worth spreading or an upscale? Here is a platform… StartUp Afrika is a program designed to support innovative startups through intercontinental exchange and network plus funding. Why StartUp Afrika? We believe that startups can play a key role to create a social andecologically transformed economy in Africa and Baden-Württemberg. 100,000 euros for …

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