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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 — South Asia

The Slumdog Millionaire Architect

Source: The New York Times

The offices of Hafeez Contractor, India’s most commercially successful architect, are on Bank Street, just around the corner from the Mumbai Stock Exchange.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

World Bank offers Angola $1 billion to fund infrastructure, agriculture

Source: The Africa Report

The World Bank will offer $1 billion in financing to help Angola rebuild infrastructure and develop its agriculture, an official at the Washington-based lender said on Monday.
Friday, May 09, 2014 — Asia Pacific

OPINION: New Chinese investment fund aims to rival World Bank and ADB

Source: The Economic Times

If you can't beat them, outspend them. That seems to be the thinking behind a huge new infrastructure investment fund being promoted by China as an alternative to established international lending agencies.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 — Europe & Eurasia

Can Islamic Finance Bridge Asia’s Infrastructure Deficit?

Source: East Asian Forum

The global Islamic debt securities (sukuk) market has grown rapidly, from just US$15 billion in 2001 to US$281 billion in 2013. This increase has been led by Malaysia, which accounts for nearly 60 per cent of total outstanding sukuk.
Monday, April 07, 2014 — No Region Specified

Vector control focus of World Health Day

Source: Times of India

Swarms of mosquitoes buzzing around people after dusk is a familiar scene on almost every city street. So World Health Organisation's (WHO) theme for World Health Day on Monday will clearly strike a chord in Chennai. WHO has identified vector diseases as biggest threat to health and have started a campaign with the tagline 'Small bite, big threat'.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

UK Drugs Firm GSK Announces Africa Investment

Source: Yahoo News

GSK will invest up to £130 million ($216 million, 157 million euros), including £100 million to expand existing manufacturing operations in Nigeria and Kenya and build up to five new factories in Africa, it said in a statement.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 — South Asia

Rural Health Care Blamed for Infant Deaths in Kolkata, India

Source: The New York Times India

The national headlines in September were grimmer than usual, with newspapers blaring “Infant Death Horror” and “West Bengal Health Care in I.C.U.” on their front pages after 41 newborns died in B.C. Roy Memorial Hospital over a span of six days.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

GE Healthcare, CTSI to develop cancer care network

Source: Business Standard

GE Healthcare, a unit of General Electric Company, on Tuesday announced a partnership with Cancer Treatment Services International (CTSI) to develop a network of 25 cancer care centres in India. Through five years, the two companies will together invest $120 million (Rs 720 crore) to establish these centres, through a hub-and-spoke model.
Friday, March 07, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Risky Business - Is China Wavering in Africa?

Source: allAfrica

Last month, officials from the Chinese Development Bank arrived in Ghana to re-negotiate a $3 billion oil-backed infrastructure deal.
Thursday, February 20, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Home Financiers Strike Deal for Bottom of the Pyramid in Kenya

Source: The Star Kenya

“Over the years, the country has accumulated a housing deficit of over three million, which has led to demand for housing exceeding supply and proliferation of slums. Now we are telling people to stop renting houses and move to their own homes.”
Friday, February 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

US, 26 countries launch effort to fight outbreaks

Source: Sioux City Journal

The U.S. and 26 other countries began a new effort Thursday to prevent and fight outbreaks of dangerous infectious diseases before they spread around the globe.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

CDC health projects improve disease detection and control

Source: The Observer

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) global health security (GHS) projects on early disease detection, response and prevention in Uganda and Vietnam have resulted in improvements in those areas.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Opinion: A Wealthier Africa Will Depend on Health Care

Source: The Japan Times

The BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) have long been the focus of emerging-market investors. But it is in Africa, a region with the world’s second-fastest growth, where the next big business opportunities lie.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

Power imbalances between nations 'undermining global health efforts'

Source: Medical News Today

A joint commission from The Lancet and the University of Oslo in Norway finds that the imbalance of political power between nations is failing to protect the public's health, and calls for urgent reform in global decision making.
Monday, February 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Philips joins AMREF for Africa health

Source: East African Business Week

Royal Philips and the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) announced that they will work closely together in an innovative shared-value partnership model designed to bring about a structural improvement in the healthcare infrastructure and healthcare provision on the African continent.
Wednesday, February 05, 2014 — South Asia

Mobile devices to empower health workers under MMPs

Source: Financial Chronicle Live

Adoption of Information Technology is important in improving access to healthcare in India. After pilot projects in a few states, Central Ministry of Health is planning to empower health workers with handheld devices like mobiles phones for data collection at the grass-root level.
Friday, January 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

Connected health to redefine India’s journey as an economic superpower, says Accenture

Source: InformationWeek

Despite its growing economic prowess, India ranks among the bottom five countries with the lowest public health spending globally and accounts for 21 percent of the world’s burden of disease.
Friday, January 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

Global Pilot Project Demonstrates Disease Containment

Source: Voice of America

U.S. and international public health officials have launched two successful demonstration projects - in Africa and Asia - to show how a quick response to outbreaks can contain infectious diseases.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Why Ending Malaria May Be More About Backhoes Than Bed Nets

Source: NPR Blogs

Wiping out malaria is still a top goal for many leaders in global health.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

Indonesia’s Universal Healthcare — Will it Work?

Source: Global Indonesian Voices

The rollout of universal health coverage in Indonesia has been greeted with public enthusiasm, but health experts warn that inadequate funding could undermine the quality of care.
Friday, October 04, 2013 — Latin America

Colombia to improve capital city’s public transport system with IDB loan

Source: IADB.org

Colombia will improve its public transportation system in Bogota with a $40 million loan approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), making its hallmark bus system better as well as cleaner.
Friday, October 04, 2013 — South Asia

ADB clears $700 mn loan for Indian infrastructure development

Source: Business Standard

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved $700 million in loans to support the Indian government's efforts to accelerate investment in infrastructure which the country requires to ensure strong economic growth.
Thursday, October 03, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa's Richest Man To Build 1,000-Bed Hospital

Source: Forbes

Nigerian billionaire and Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote plans to construct a 1,000-bed hospital in Kano, which when completed will be the largest health facility in the northern state, Nigeria’s Channels Television has reported.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 — No Region Specified

Zuckerberg Wants to Bring the Whole Planet Internet Access

Source: Mashable

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to bring Internet access to everyone. Late Tuesday he announced the launch of Internet.org, an initiative to bring Internet access to the two-thirds of the world's population that can't get online.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 — No Region Specified

Africa: Invest in Ourselves for Profit and Social Good - Elumelu

Source: All Africa

When President Barack Obama announced his administration's US$7 billion 'Power Africa' initiative in Tanzania this month, Nigerian businessman and philanthropist Tony Elumelu was at his side. His Heirs Holdings investment firm pledged $2.5 billion towards an estimated $9 billion private-sector fund to boost the electrification project.
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 — No Region Specified

Aid for Trade — can it really reduce poverty?

Source: Devex

Developing countries are increasingly opening up more to crucial trade routes, which connect them to world value chains.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

WEF: Africa's Growth March to Continue in Stride

Source: IDN

There is good news from Africa. The continent is witnessing the second fastest economic growth, and according to knowledgeable sources it may grow even faster in 2013. What is more, currently Africa accounts for 14 sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) with a total amount of USD114 billion in 2009, representing 3% of global SWFs, and that share is expected to increase in future with the establishment of new SWFs.
Monday, January 14, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Rwanda: Telemedicine Project On Track Year After Plan Was Hatched

Source: AllAfrica.com

A year after a plan to connect Rwandan hospitals through telemedicine was announced, the government says the project is set to start soon in some district hospitals.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 — North Africa and Near East

Observing the Arab Spring, African Bankers Devise Economic Strategies

Source: Knowledge@Wharton

The African Development Bank (AfDB) was established in 1964 to guide the continent onto a path of sustainable pan-African economic growth and reduce poverty. Heading its efforts is Mthuli Ncube, chief economist and vice president at the multilateral bank, which is temporarily headquartered in Tunisia.
Friday, October 26, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Group mitigates poverty with alternative building technology

Source: Creamer Media's Engineering News

JSE-listed energy and chemicals group Sasol’s enterprise development vehicle, ChemCity, believes alternative building technology (ABT) has the potential to curtail unemployment and poverty – two of South Africa’s most pressing issues.
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