Sub-Saharan Africa.

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  • Africa Can Make Significant Progress Towards the MDGs

    Most African countries may not achieve all the MDG targets by 2015. What matters more is that they all make significant progress in all areas of the MDGs and sustain, or even accelerate, this progress in accordance with their national conditions. Arguably, the political and economic conditions in Africa in 2011 are a lot better than they were...

    Source
    Guardian.co.uk (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • The South African ’Wonderbag’ Soon to be UNFCCC Accredited

    A South African project that initially attempted to tackle poverty has shown potential to mitigate the effects of climate change and is expanding beyond the country’s borders. By Kemantha Govender, BuaNews The Wonderbag project - a recyclable, insulated ’cooker’ - focuses on developing countries and communities with high poverty, shortage of fuel supplies, high i...

    Source
    HEDON (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • The Spectacular Mobile Phone Revolution in Africa

    Mobile phone service is gaining by leaps and bounds in Africa. Indeed, so many Africans have subscribed to wireless service that the continent is now the second-largest market in the world - having supplanted Latin America -- and behind only Asia, the top market. The expansion of mobile phones is likely to revolutionize Africa, a land plagued by poverty, disease, war...

    Source
    International Business Times (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Microcredit – Women Demand More Than Incomes

    VALLADOLID, Spain, Nov 16, 2011 (IPS) - Microcredit can help a woman to have an income. It can, for better or worse, also transform gender equations in the public and private spheres. Making microfinance more meaningful for women in terms of real empowerment occupies much of the deliberations at the Fifth Global Microcredit Summit underway in this Spanish city. Apparently, not all microcredit institutions (MFIs) are aware of the importance of contribu...

    Source
    IPS (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • A Netflix for Batteries to Get Africa on the Grid

    Around the world nearly 2 billion people don’t have reliable access to electricity. We’ve covered some of the inspiring plans and products aiming to compensate for that by making solar power cheap enough for off-grid homes in the developing world. But in Tanzania, where just 14 percent of peopl...

    Source
    Fast Company (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Rural Women Banking by Mobile Phone

    PLUMTREE, Zimbabwe, Nov 14, 2011 (IPS) - Collecting the monthly subscriptions for her co-operative has always been a headache for Thelma Nare, 41. This is because Nare lives in Tshitshi, Plumtree in rural Zimbabwe, about 60 kilometres away from the humdrum of the nearest town centre where banks are located. "We meet after a long time as here in the rural areas our homesteads can be very far from each other. So members of our club do not meet or contribute regularly...

    Source
    IPS (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Embrace ICT for Development, Minister Urges SMEs

    Small and Medium Scale Enterprise (SME) operators have been urged to leverage the power of the Internet in transforming their businesses. Speaking at the Google Business Summit in Lagos, the Minister of Communications Technology, Mrs Omobola Johnson, said research supports the concept of putting businesses online. "Today, Nigeria has an estimated 33 million Internet users and we have targets to double this number in the next three to four years. Getting your business o...

    Source
    The Nation (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • A Maintenance-Free Bike to Give Africans Some Mobility

    The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami left thousands of people stranded, with ruined infrastructure putting basic needs-health care, school, building materials--out of reach. So bicycle-components manufacturer SRAM Corporation founded World Bicycle Relief , and, through partnerships with aid organizations, brought more than 24,000 bicycles to people in Sri Lanka. The organization has since expanded its bike-givin...

    Source
    Fast Company (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
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