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Urbanising Kenya urged to innovate  

By Adlyne Wangusi   Although Kenya is set to be 50% urbanised by 2030, none of the existing urban centres has an established comprehensive single functional telephone line for rapid response to emergencies. This means a majority of Kenyans are exposed to vagaries of emergencies According to the Institute of Economic Affairs, the lack of such

Africa’s agricultural progress: Political support more crucial than seeds, weather and soil, says new Report

Lack of political will by government leaders more than farm inputs continue to stem Africa’s agricultural development and its contribution to spark widespread economic growth across the continent, a major new study released today by the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). The report, “Catalyzing State Capacity to Drive Agricultural Transformation,” is the most

Community champions inspiring local entrepreneurs in Tanzania’s newly electrified villages’

As part of the Rural Electrification Densification Programme (REDP), a partnership between Energy 4 Impact, REA, Multiconsult and Norwegian Embassy in Tanzania, the PUE (the ratio of total amount of energy used by a computer data center facility to the energy delivered to computing equipment ) support is opening up opportunities for the rural grid-connected

Bad blood between policymakers and scientists stifling Africa’s’ use of STI

  By Adlyne Wangusi   There is a bad relationship between researchers and policymakers in Africa, a fact that has stifled the contribution science, technology and innovation to policy development on the continent. Speaking during the annual Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) conference, Dr Nicholas Ozor who is the executive director

Prioritising the oil, gas & energy transformation debate in Sub Saharan Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa currently has a total installed generation capacity in sub-Saharan Africa is 122 gigawatts (GW), and accounts for 4.5 per cent of global primary energy demand (619 million tonnes of oil equivalent) according to the IEA’s 2017 report. Three-quarters of the generated capacity is fossil fuel-based, with coal accounting for 35%. Renewables make up

SADC Heads commit to ending malaria by 2030

Sixteen Heads of State across southern African countries are stepping up commitments to eliminate the malaria disease by 2030. Meeting at the 38th Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Heads of State signed the “Windhoek Declaration on Eliminating Malaria in the SADC Region” that

Africa Code Week empowers teachers in Ghana to drive 21st century skills development among local youth

More than 560 teachers took part in this year’s Africa Code Week (ACW) Train-the-Trainer workshops over four days in Accra and Kumasi as part of this year’s efforts to drive 21st century skills development among African youth. Now in its fourth year, ACW instills 21st century skills among African youth with a key focus on

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