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  • Poor Communities to Benefit from Poverty Alleviation Project

    GWERU - The European Commission and Heifer Netherlands have funded a US$2.3 million poverty alleviation project through the Heifer Project International that is set to benefit 33 000 people in the Midlands province. The project will see cattle farmers in the province receiving heifers as a pass on gift project. In an interview with The Zimbabwean On Thursday at the launch of the project, the Heifer International Zimbabwe Country Director Bongani Ngwenya said his organisation wa...

    Source
    The Zimbabwean (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Unemployed African Youth to Benefit from UN-backed Finance Programme

    Some 200,000 low-income youth in sub-Saharan Africa will benefit from a United Nations-backed initiative announced today to increase access for them to financial services in a region where youth unemployment rates are two to three times that of adults. YouthStart, co-sponsored by UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the MasterCard Foundation, which has made a four-year, $12 million contribution, is a competition-based programme that will identify and support up to 12 financial instit...

    Source
    UN News Centre (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Jane Goodall Saves Chimpanzees Using Microcredit

    Jane Goodall came to Gombe National Park to study chimpanzees 50 years ago. She became one of the world’s best known primate researchers. In the early 1990s, she became shocked by the ecological destruction around the park and left the jungle to become an activist. Nowadays she’s saving the primates using microcredit. The 76-year-old chimpanzee expert travels the world to talk about her conservation work. She tells stories about how local people are involved in conserving the...

    Source
    Radio Netherlands Worldwide (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Sudan’s First SMS-Powered Voting Monitor Tracks Violence

    While Sudanese vote about the fate of South Sudan’s independence, one Sudan-born Texan supports the voting process from afar with a historic mobile-powered monitoring tool. Fareed Zein came to the United States from Sudan in 1981 to pursue a college education in computer science. One of the lucky ones, his family could afford his departure and his education, and he left before civil war rattled his homeland. Zein now spends his time--outside of his day job in oil and gas in Ho...

    Source
    Fast Company (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Currency War: The Stakes for Africa

    By Sanou Mbaye As a result of chronically deficient demand in the aftermath of the 2008-09 financial and economic crises, global imbalances are on the rise again, as is the risk of protectionism. The US thinks China is undervaluing its currency to support its industry. The situation could lead to an "international currency war". What does this herald for African...

    Source
    The Guardian (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Time Asks: ’Is This Time For Africa?’

    Sending your money to Nigeria - just not in response to a scam e-mail from a deposed ruler’s secret son - might actually be a smart move. A growing number of Wall Street pros have been talking up Africa as the next great investment. Goldman Sachs asset-management chief Jim O’Neill, known for spotting the opportunity in Brazil, Russia, India and China and coining the term BRIC, says Africa has interesting potential. Top value investor Chuck Royce has...

    Source
    Time (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Africa’s Informal Economy Revealed

    Steve Daniels , the founder of A Better World By Design and co-creator of Maker Faire Rhode Island , just published a book, Making Do , based on his research on informal economies in Africa. The shocker? He just graduated from college this year...

    Source
    FastCompany.com (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • The Land Rush Doesn’t Have to End in a Poor Deal for Africans

    If dodgy emails offering millions in return for your downpayment to repatriate a stranded Nigerian astronaut do not tempt you, then maybe this will appeal to your speculative side. A hectare of fertile African land, a 99-year lease, and all for $1 a year. Think about it: crop prices are soaring, land is appreciating and import-dependent rich nations virtually guarantee you a never-ending export market. It’s starting to sound like that Niger...

    Source
    The Guardian (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
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