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  • Free HIV Tests Bring Dramatic Results in Tanzania

    Eliminating even modest fees for HIV testing can greatly increase the number of those tested in Tanzania and thereby enhance Aids-prevention efforts, US researchers have said. In a two-week pilot programme, the daily average of people tested for HIV at a clinic in Moshi jumped from four to 15 when the standard test fee of Tsh1,000 ($0.95) was waived, according to a study by Duke University Medical Centre. It’s amazing to me that the numbers are so high, said Dr Jo...

    The East African (Nairobi), Kevin J. Kelley, Special Correspondent (link opens in a new window)
  • China Announces Major Plan to Combat Pollution, Revive Battered Environment

    China announced a plan Wednesday to combat widespread pollution and leave a better environment for future generations, citing the need to stave off possible social instability. The plan, approved by the State Council, or Cabinet, focuses on pollution controls and calls for the country to clean up heavily polluted regions and reverse degradation of water, air and land by 2010. The move is aimed at protecting the long-term interests of the Chinese nation and le...

    Associated Press Financial Wire
  • Shs 350 Million Up For Grabs in Business Plan Competition

    Dorothy Nakaweesi, Kampala Companies have been invited to submit business plans in a competition to earn the winner euro 150,000 (Shs350 million). The competition is organised by Business in Development (BiD), an international agency attached to the Royal Dutch embassy. The competition targets Small and Medium Scale businesses, which have a bias in poverty reduction. A three-page business plan can be submitted through the website ...

    The Monitor (Kampala) (link opens in a new window)
  • Ethiopian development raises birth rate

    Development projects designed to improve maternal and child welfare in Africa may incur unexpected costs associated with increases in family size if they do not include a component of family planning, according to new research from the University of Bristol into rural communities in Ethiopia. The research, published today in Public Library of Science: Medicine, is the first study to demonstrate a link between a single technological development intervention (in this case, a tapped water...

    Eureka Alert (link opens in a new window)
  • Q&A: C.K. Prahalad

    The University of Michigan business school professor thinks the West can learn a lot from Indian companies. Known as dubbawallas, Mumbai’s army of lunch deliverymen tote pails of hot lentils and bread to the city’s office workers. Without centralized management, they reliably deliver 175,000 lunches a day in the rainy season and in the heat. They comprise a kind of human Internet with a classification, coding, and routing system designed to convey soups and salads instead of ...

    Red Herring (link opens in a new window)
  • A home-grown solution to African hunger

    Abraham McLaughlin DOWA, MALAWI ? Imagine a modern-day Eden - tended by a cheerful garden gnome - sprouting in the Sahara Desert. That’s the feeling you get, walking onto a 50-acre farm bursting with rows of healthy corn, thick sugar-cane stalks, and plump mangoes - all at the epicenter of Africa’s growing food crisis, with its 18 million hungry people. It’s tended by a sprightly grandfather named Glyvyns Chinkhuntha, a man with no formal agricultural training, but ...

    Christian Science Monitor (link opens in a new window)
  • Business & Economy: Competing in the Foreign Market

    Filagot Sileshi Zewdu, having secured his patent right from the Science and Technology Commission four years ago, has now become one of the leading technology inventors in the industry and, in this regard, he has shown a tremendous improvement since then. The machines that he makes are different from those imported. According to Zewdu, electric baking with one oven consumes a power of 3kw compared to the imported ones of 5.7kw. Moreover, the electric baking machines which have tw...

    The Reporter (Ethiopia) (link opens in a new window)

    Innovative financing mechanism with affiliate of international leader in corporate social responsibility. The Inter-American Development Bank will provide $910,000 for a project to expand access to irrigation for small farmers in Guatemala in a joint effort with AMANCO Tubosistemas, an affiliate of the Grupo Nueva business group, an international leader in corporate social responsibility. The project, which will be sponsored under the IDB?s Social Entrepreneurship P...

    IADB News (link opens in a new window)
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