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The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) opens its 9th programme cycle on funding project proposals, By REEP, 23 August 2012


REEEP calls for project proposals in new €4.1 million funding cycle Priority on solutions that scale up clean energy in emerging and developing markets   The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) has opened its 9th programme cycle with a call for proposed clean energy projects targeting key emerging markets and a selection of developing countries in Africa and Asia.

“We’re searching for what we call ‘tipping point’ projects;” says Martin Hiller, who took over the Director General position at REEEP last December, “which means we want to fund initiatives that will push clean energy solutions up the growth curve, as opposed to one-off pilot projects.”

REEEP is seeking ‘tipping point’ proposals in five key thematic areas: scaling up successful business models, supporting off-grid generation, harnessing the benefits of clean energy in both food production and in reliable water supply, and opening up energy data in emerging markets.  The maximum amount of funding per project is €150,000, so preference will be given to those who bring significant co-funding to the mix. Businesses, project developers, governments, regulators and development institutions are all encouraged to apply.

This funding round is made possible by donations from the governments of Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Geographically, REEEP’s traditional focus on the key emerging markets of Brazil, China, India and South Africa is now widened to include Columbia and Peru, Ghana, Indonesia and Vietnam thanks to Swiss funding.

“Switzerland has chosen to support REEEP’s 9th programme cycle because we’re impressed with the Partnership’s track record in identifying and funding projects that have a wide effect on market development,” says Hans-Peter Egler, Head of Trade Promotion – Economic Development and Cooperation at Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), “and REEEP’s focus on clean energy in developing countries fits perfectly the priorities of the Swiss economic development cooperation by SECO under its UNFCCC fast start financing.”

“Norway has supported REEEP since 2006 and welcomes its increasing focus on scaling up clean energy businesses in developing countries. This is in line with the approach of the International Energy and Climate Initiative (Energy+), and Norway is delighted to be providing funds for the Partnership’s ninth call,” commented Aslak Brun, Head of the Section for Climate Change, Global Health and Sustainable Development in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“The United Kingdom has been a strong supporter of all REEEP funding cycles to date,” noted Chris Barton, REEEP’s Chairman of the Board and Head, International & Domestic Energy Security at the Department of Energy and Climate Change, “and this ninth call for proposals focusses on several vital topics including the role of clean energy in food production and in the supply of water, as well as its role in widening energy access.”

The application process is internet-based and streamlined, with the goal of selecting the 30 projects to be funded by mid-December 2012. For full, detailed information on REEEP’s 9th call for proposals and how to apply go to http://call4proposals.reeep.org Or click here for the Call for Proposals as a pdf download.

REEEP 9th Programme Cycle: key facts Will support approximately 30 projects with €4.1 million in total REEEP funds The maximum level of REEEP funding available per project is €150,000; co-funding is strongly encouraged Five thematic topics:  scaling up successful business models; supporting off-grid generation; harnessing clean energy in food production; employing clean energy in providing reliable water supply; opening up energy data in emerging markets More specific topics have also been defined by region – see website link below. Primary priority countries: Brazil, Columbia, China, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Peru, South Africa and Vietnam – secondary priority countries also considered; see full list on website link below Online application process via Project Management Information System (PMIS)

Application deadlines: Initial proposals for new projects due by 21st September 2012 Shortlist inviting full proposals will  be published on 11 October 2012 Final, full proposals due by 9th November 2012 Proposals for replication and scale-up of earlier projects as well as proposals from governments, regulators and development financial institutions follow a one-stage process, with full proposals due by 9th November 2012

Full information on application process and link to PMIS available at http://call4proposals.reeep.org

The 9th call is made possible by contributions by the Governments of Norway and the United Kingdom, as well as support from Switzerland, a new REEEP donor.

 

Phone: +43 1 26026-3425, Email: info@reeep.org

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Posted by on August 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

On constitutional values, Marikana and the demise of the SADC Tribunal


On constitutional values, Marikana and the demise of the SADC Tribunal.

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA), Celebrating African ingenuity, 22 August 2012


The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Innovation Foundation (AIF) are delighted to announce the call for applications for the 2013 Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA). Too often, innovators and entrepreneurs are not highly profiled on the African development agenda. It is IPA’s mission to elevate attention around innovative work and help support the vision of entrepreneurs. The prize honours and encourages innovative achievements that contribute towards the development of new products, increased efficiency or cost savings in Africa. The prize also promotes the efforts of young African men and women pursuing science, technology and engineering careers as well as business opportunities that aim to contribute to sustainable development in Africa.

Read more about the application process at Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA)

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Femi Falana Indicts World Bank For Grand Corruption In Nigeria, By Abiodun Oluwarotimi, Leadership, Nigeria, 21 August 2012


 

Human Rights lawyer, Barrister Femi Falana (SAN) has accused the world bank for grand corruption in Nigeria.
According to the human rights lawyer in a statement obtained by our New York Correspondent on Tuesday, the World Bank has just issued a damning report which claimed that 80% of Nigerian businesses offer government officials bribe to facilitate deals.
“While recognising that Nigeria remains the most attractive investment destination in África the report noted the high proclivity for bribery and corruption among Nigerian businesses. Although  the report may be an understatement of the rate of endemic corruption in Nigeria  the World Bank has failed to trace the root cause of the menace. Hence the Bank is not prepared to suggest  measures that can arrest the growing wave of corruption in the country”

“No doubt,  there was corruption in Nigeria up to the 1980s. But it was not so prevalent at the time because the State funded the welfare of the majority of the people, provided social services at affordable costs  and created jobs for the unemployed. Education was virtually free while health services were affordable. The Naira was higher than the United states dollar in the foreign exchange market”

“Although it was a neo-colonial capitalist economy which enriched a few at the expense of the nation there were some safety nets for the masses. The Nigerian Government placed emphasis on the building of an egalitarian society in line with the extended family system of the African people”Falana further said that: “However,   the introduction of the Structural Adjustment Programme which was instigated by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund ruined the Nigerian economy completely and destroyed the morality of the society.

With retrenchment of workers, abolition of marketing boards, commercialisation of social services, sale of the assets of the nation, trade liberalisation, currency devaluation and other dangerous components of SAP mass poverty became the order of the day”
“The middle class was  wiped out while the manufacturing sector became extinct. In the process corruption became the directive principle of state policy under the Ibrahim Babangida junta. Successive regimes have since then consolidated on official corruption”He continued that a from  condemning corruption the World Bank and Western Governments including the Barrack Obama Administration have continued to insult the African people on the issue of corruption, stressing that stolen wealth from Nigeria and other third world countries to the tune of over a trillion dollars  is received and kept in the vaults of western banks in violation of the provisions of the United Nations’ Convention Against Corruption.

“For instance,  the British judge who jailed Chief James Ibori, ex-governor of Delta State made racist remarks as if Africans are congenitally corrupt. But the British banks and mortgage institutions which facilitated the suffering of the people of Delta state through money laundering and fraud by Chief Ibori  were not sanctioned”
“Was the governor of Illinois, Mr Rod Blagojerich not jailed for selling Barrack Obama’s senate seat in Chicago? Has the World Bank held the American Government vicariously responsible for the criminality of its officials” he said.”With respect to corruption in Nigeria why has the World Bank not condemned foreign companies like Halliburton, Wilbros, Siemens, Julius Berger and others  which have been indicted and penalised for perpetrating for large scale corruption in Nigeria?

The NEITI has just disclosed that foreign oil companies have duped  Nigeria to the tune of over $2 billion. Instead of assisting Nigeria to recover such huge fund the World Bank would prefer to package  jumbo loans for the Federal Government with fraudulent conditionalities.
Why has the World Bank not supported the current Minister of Agriculture, Dr Akinwumi Adesina who is determined to arrest the reckless importation of food at billions of dollars per annum”Barrister Falana also warned the World Bank to stop writing hypocritical  reports on corruption emanating from the neo liberal policies being sheepishly implemented by the Federal and state governments at its own behest, adding that the Goodluck Jonathan Administration should be told that  no Government which operates an economy on the basis of market fundamentalism can curb corruption.

“This is the basis of the virtual collapse of the economy of Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain (the “PIGS”)which has defied the prescriptions of the World Bank and the  International Monetary Fund”
 
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Posted by on August 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Mali forms new caretaker government, By Tiemoko Diallo, Reuters Africa, 21 August 2012


Mali's interim President Dioncounda Traore (C) arrives at the main airport in the capital Bamako, July 27, 2012. REUTERS/Adama Diarra
BAMAKO (Reuters) – Mali’s interim president Dioncounda Traore approved a new transitional government on Monday, to move the West African country closer to constitutional order after a military coup in March.

The 31-member government will replace a transitional authority that was crippled by political infighting, and failed make progress in setting elections.

“The president of the republic, after receiving proposals from the prime minister, decrees the list of members of government,” said a presidential statement read over state radio.

The statement said the holders of five posts in the new transitional government had been chosen by the military leadership. It said at least four members of the previous transitional authority, including the interior minister charged with organising elections, remained unchanged.

Once considered a democratic success story in a long-troubled region, Mali has been split in two since a March 22 coup paved the way for a military advance by northern separatists and al Qaeda-linked Islamists.

West African regional bloc ECOWAS, which is pushing for the deployment of a 3,000-strong intervention force in Mali, had called on Traore to ensure the formation of a government that better represents Mali’s different interests.

While the coup was condemned abroad, the reaction in cotton and gold producing Mali was mixed, with some praising the removal of a political class they said was corrupt.

Traore had reappointed his prime minister, Cheick Modibo Diarra, on August 12 and asked him to form a new government within 72 hours.

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

World Bank unit says concerned with SAfrican mine violence, Reuters Africa, 21 August 2012


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The International Finance Corp, the World Bank’s private investment arm, said on Monday it was “deeply concerned” with violence at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine in South Africa and urged parties to settle their differences through negotiation.

IFC holds a 0.61 percent equity stake in London-based Lonmin Plc through an investment made in 2006. Lonmin accounts for 12 percent of global platinum output.

Forty-four people have been killed at the Marikana mine, including more than 30 striking miners who were shot dead during a confrontation with police last week. The shooting was one of the bloodiest police actions seen since the end of apartheid in 1994.

“The issues are serious and IFC encourages all parties to resolve the dispute through constructive dialogue and negotiation,” IFC said in a statement.

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Liberia president suspends son in assets investigation, By Alphonso Toweh,Reuters Africa, 21 August 2012


MONROVIA (Reuters) – Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has suspended her son and 45 other government officials for failing to declare their assets to anti-corruption authorities, in her first major step to battle graft in her administration.

Charles Sirleaf, one of three of the president’s sons appointed to government posts, was suspended from his position as Deputy Central Bank Governor.

Corruption is seen as a big obstacle to development in the West African state, which remains one of the world’s poorest countries nearly a decade after the end of a 14-year civil war.

The suspensions come amid growing concern about government graft in Liberia, which is a nascent iron ore producer and has attracted international energy companies such as Chevron, seeking to develop its offshore oil blocks.

“President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has, with immediate effect, suspended 46 government officials,” said the statement, issued by the presidency late on Monday.

The statement said the officials could be reinstated after they declared their assets to the commission.

The other sons of the president in government posts are Robert Sirleaf, senior adviser and chairman of state oil company NOCAL, and Fumba Sirleaf, head of the National Security Agency.

Johnson-Sirleaf, who jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize last year for her role in maintaining peace in Liberia after the war, was Africa’s first elected female head of state when she came to office in 2005. She was re-elected for a second term late last year.

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

 
 
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