Despite evident economic progress in Africa, inequality is slowing the rate at which growth delivers better services to poor people.
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The Citizens and Diaspora Organization Directorate of the African Union Commission (CIDO) has the honor to inform African Civil Society and Diaspora Community that the 22nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Union will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 24 to 31st January 2014.
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A significant step towards achieving a lower communications cost within the West and Central Africa regions has been taken by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency, with a private ICT consultant commissioned to do a study on broadband cost reduction.
A statement, made available to PANA here Thursday, by the South Africa-based continental Agency, said Detecon International had been selected to conduct the study.
It said that the company would also design the networks and develop business plans expected to attract investments in broadband in the two regions.
Speaking during the agreement-signing ceremony in Johannesburg, NEPAD’s Director of Corporate Services, Bankole Adeoye, said ‘The speedy development of broadband infrastructure is key to Africa’s socio-economic development,’ promising that NEPAD would ensure the follow up on the implementation of ICT regional projects.
According to the statement, ‘Ultimately, it is believed that countries in the west and central African regions will experience lower costs towards their broadband use.
”The outcomes of this consultancy will be an important milestone in the development of the regional broadband backbones that will lead to improved connectivity and broadband services in 25 countries in West African and Central African States.
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How can we support and improve Innovation in Africa?
Supporting innovation in Africa is no easy task. Political instability, civil wars, terrorism, and uncertainty often disturb the ecosystem of progress and sustainable development. I meet with three of Africa’s most innovative young women entrepreneurs who share their thoughts on how to improve and support innovation. Often, we find that when discussing innovation in Africa, such discussions normally don’t include young African voices, particularly that of women and girls. But their voice matters and without the inclusion of African women and girls in such discussions, whether of that involving technology, sustainable development, or innovation — change cannot happen.
Research conducted by the African Development Bank (AfDB) shows an increase ranging from 10 to 30 percent in the number of women-led enterprises over the last decade. In Uganda alone, women account for 40 percent of businesses (EIU, 2010). As the number of women entrepreneurs and innovators increase, their voices can no longer be ignored. African women and girls have a significant role to play in Africa’s economic and innovative transformation.
Nkem Uwaje, Managing Director of FutureSoft Nigeria and winner of the 2012 Etisalat Nigeria Prize for Innovation states, “We can improve innovation in Africa by supporting people with innovative ideas and I think that competitions and contests are a good way to start. African governments and the private sector need to work together to launch more contests and competitions that focus on innovation.”
Innovation needs an enabling environment. This means creating hubs where innovators can meet, share ideas, and collaborate. We [youths] need a space where ideas can be incubated and where prototypes can be developed. Without this, we are bound to fail as a continent. In addition, ICT development is very important to Africa’s innovation ecosystem and future. ICT is vital to ensuring that Nigeria and Africa will not be left behind. Everyone keeps talking about the digital divide, but instead of bridging it, it keeps on getting bigger. We need government policies that ensure that technology is not a privilege but a basic amenity. My company, Futuresoft is playing its part in making ICT more accessible through our iConnect project.”
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South Africa’s unions have rejected the final pay offer made yesterday by the Chamber of Mines on behalf of the country’s gold mining sector, raising the prospect of widened strikes in Africa’s largest, but struggling economy.
The body, which represents the country’s main gold producers, such as AngloGold Ashanti (NYSE: AU) (ASX: AGG), and Gold Fields (NYSE: GFI), responded to workers demands late Tuesday with a 6.5% pay raise offer. …
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For the first time in generations, more investment than foreign aid is pouring into Africa. But is that growth enough to change its future?
This is the first article in six-part series designed to investigate the changing economic and developmental possibilities that are facing the African continent. As more foreign investors are exploring potential windfalls in Africa, it is making places that were on the margins of a global economy more directly tied to the process of globalization.
Tags: Africa, development, globalization, economic, NGOs, unit 6 industry.
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Entrepreneur converts shipping container into mobile internet shop powered entirely by the sun.
This 2-minute video shows how a an enterpreneur has made his business (an internet cafe) self-sufficient, not relying much on external infrastruture. Modern Africa has advanced beyond what many in the developed world acknowledge and is beyond some the old stereotypes of that characterize how people view the ‘Dark Continent.’
Tags: Africa, technology, development, video.
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