In semi-arid Africa, farmers are transforming the 'underground forest' into life-giving trees

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Africa Agriculture farmers Food & Agriculture Food Systems Regenerative Agriculture

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Savannah Fund reaches first close on Africa tech seed fund

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ImpactAlpha, March 15 – Savannah Fund backs Africa-based tech startups “that create jobs and make an impact.” The post Savannah Fund reaches first close on Africa tech seed fund appeared first on Impact Alpha. Africa Dealflow Frontier & Growth Markets Gender Smart Impact Tech

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Atoms for Africa

Jim Conca

The economies of Africa’s 54 countries with 1.2 billion people are hobbled by a general dearth of energy. But nuclear energy could help that more than the rest of the world realizes, as discussed in a new report by the Center for Global Development. It would also help to eradicate global poverty

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Goodwell targets €50 million fund for small businesses and agriculture in Africa

Impact Alpha

The post Goodwell targets €50 million fund for small businesses and agriculture in Africa appeared first on Impact Alpha. Africa Agrifood Tech Dealflow Financial Inclusion Geographies Return on Inclusion

Tourists could spread COVID-19 to gorillas in East Africa

Inhabitat - Innovation

Maskless, selfie-taking tourists could become a source of disease transmission, a new study says

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South Africa’s Quro Medical raises $1.1 million for tech-enabled home healthcare

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, April 14 – More than 80% of South Africa’s population, particularly the Black urban and rural poor, depend on the country’s s underfunded. The post South Africa’s Quro Medical raises $1.1 Africa Dealflow Frontier & Growth Markets Health and Medtech

Medical Credit Fund blends $19.2 million to finance Africa’s frontline health clinics

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, January 13 – Small, privately-run clinics are often the only providers of essential health services in remote and low-income parts of Africa. million to finance Africa’s frontline health clinics appeared first on Impact Alpha.

Africa’s business and investment leaders step up to meet demands for impact and ESG investing

Impact Alpha

The post Africa’s business and investment leaders step up to meet demands for impact and ESG investing appeared first on Impact Alpha. Africa Corporate Impact ESG Frontier & Growth Markets Originals

DFC guarantees Cordaid to spur lending in Africa’s Sahel

Impact Alpha

The post DFC guarantees Cordaid to spur lending in Africa’s Sahel appeared first on Impact Alpha. Africa Catalytic Capital Dealflow Financial Inclusion Frontier & Growth Markets Inclusive Economy SDGsImpactAlpha, January 27 – The U.S. International Development Finance Corp.

Zola Electric scores $8 million partnership for solar mini-grids in Africa

Impact Alpha

Investment and spending on energy access in sub-Saharan Africa and other emerging markets screeched to a halt at the outset of the COVID-19. The post Zola Electric scores $8 million partnership for solar mini-grids in Africa appeared first on Impact Alpha.

Outsiders get the bulk of venture capital in Africa. Peer-selection can change the game.

Impact Alpha

The post Outsiders get the bulk of venture capital in Africa. It’s a warm April day in Lagos, Nigeria. Fifteen people are sitting in a circle in a conference room, for a ceremony called. Peer-selection can change the game. appeared first on Impact Alpha. Impact Voices Return on Inclusion

Could Agri-PV Be Africa’s Next Big Solar Market Trend?

GreenTechMedia

Insiders predict agricultural companies could become major adopters of solar power in Africa as farmers seek to improve the cost and reliability of energy supplies. Access to finance will be likely to further increase agri-PV’s momentum in Africa.

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Breathing new hope into Africa’s fight against COVID-19

GatesNotes

In Africa, saving lives from COVID-19 one breath at a time

Komaza secures $28 million to improve sustainable forestry in Africa

Impact Alpha

The post Komaza secures $28 million to improve sustainable forestry in Africa appeared first on ImpactAlpha. SDGs Africa Conservation Finance paywall Farmer Finance Dealflow

South Africa's first interior 6 star Green Star awarded to Formfunc

Inhabitat - Innovation

The Green Building Council recently awarded South Africa’s highest possible Interiors Green Star v1 certification to Capetown-based company Formfunc Studio’s office spaces—the first such rating to be awarded in the country for an office and distribution center

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Africa’s Great Green Wall to combat desertification secures $16.8 billion in international finance

Impact Alpha

The post Africa’s Great Green Wall to combat desertification secures $16.8 Africa Climate Finance Dealflow Geographies RegenerationImpactAlpha, February 10 — The Great Green Wall initiative, launched in 2007 by the African Union, aims to restore degraded land, boost food.

Financing for climate adaptation can drive Africa’s economic development and its net-zero goals

Impact Alpha

Power is critical to Africa’s development. The post Financing for climate adaptation can drive Africa’s economic development and its net-zero goals appeared first on Impact Alpha. Africa Climate Finance Impact Voices

54gene closes $15 million to accelerate genomics research in Africa

Impact Alpha

The Nigerian startup is building Africa’s first biobank to serve as a database for medical companies developing new therapeutics. The post 54gene closes $15 million to accelerate genomics research in Africa appeared first on ImpactAlpha. Africa paywall Dealflow Impact Tech

Recovering the Missing Millions Owed to Africa’s Minigrids

GreenTechMedia

The minigrid funding commitment from international donor organizations is “in the billions,” says Daniel Kitwa, energy access finance advisor at the Africa Minigrid Developers Association (AMDA). billion allocated to sub-Saharan Africa.

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Field Intelligence raises $3.6 million for Africa’s pharmaceutical supply chain

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, March 11 – Africa’s healthcare systems are wrought with inefficiencies. million for Africa’s pharmaceutical supply chain appeared first on ImpactAlpha. Africa Blockchain/AI/IoT paywall Dealflow Impact Tech

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Wild in Africa jewelry supports wildlife conservation charities

Inhabitat - Innovation

While healing from an injury in Nairobi, Shannon Wild found comfort in making beaded bracelets. She turned this passion into a new business

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Wind farm pioneers system to protect birds in South Africa

Renewable Energy World

In South Africa, BioTherm Energy’s Excelsior Wind farm is collaborating with conservation organizations to minimize the wind industry’s impact on local bird populations (avifauna). The post Wind farm pioneers system to protect birds in South Africa appeared first on Renewable Energy World.

Africa's first sustainable chocolate brand plans to sell in the US

Inhabitat - Innovation

While Africa grows 70 percent of the world’s cacao, very little chocolate is made on the continent. Instead, most of the raw material is shipped to other countries that then produce delicious chocolates. But De Villiers Chocolate is now working on becoming the first African-made, sustainably sourced chocolate brand available in the U.S.

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Pula raises $6 million to expand farmers’ insurance from Africa to Asia

Impact Alpha

The post Pula raises $6 million to expand farmers’ insurance from Africa to Asia appeared first on Impact Alpha. Africa Dealflow Financial Inclusion Frontier & Growth Markets Smallholder Agriculture

Daystar Power raises $38 million to expand commercial solar power in West Africa

Impact Alpha

The post Daystar Power raises $38 million to expand commercial solar power in West Africa appeared first on Impact Alpha. Africa Clean Energy Climate and Clean Tech Dealflow Frontier & Growth Markets

The environmental trail of the global charcoal supply chain

GreenBiz

Use of the fuel is alive and well, with devastating implications for forests in sub-Saharan Africa. Africa Energy & Climate

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Secha Capital invests in a pair of green businesses in South Africa

Impact Alpha

Dealflow Africa Agrifood Tech Clean Energy Climate and Clean Tech GeographiesImpactAlpha, December 7 — The Johannesburg-based impact investing firm made the first investments from its planned $30 million fund in green energy startup.

C&I Solar Investment Holds Up as COVID-19 Hits Africa

GreenTechMedia

Investment in commercial and industrial (C&I) solar seems to be holding up in Africa as the COVID-19 pandemic dents investor confidence across the continent, insiders have said. Zahid Hassen, director of the Africa Renewable Power Fund at London, U.K.-based

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COVID pandemic gives Africa’s health tech startups a chance to shine 

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, April 20 – Africa’s health systems may have an advantage in the fight against COVID: experience mobilizing around outbreaks of infectious diseases. The post COVID pandemic gives Africa’s health tech startups a chance to shine appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

East Africa Fruits raises $3.1 million to address Tanzania’s food distribution challenges

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, May 7 – Tanzania’s East Africa Fruits is a produce distributor that works with smallholder farmers to acquire, store and deliver goods from farm to market. East Africa Fruits says. The post East Africa Fruits raises $3.1

Gates Foundation backs Enko Chem’s eco-pesticides for Africa

Impact Alpha

The post Gates Foundation backs Enko Chem’s eco-pesticides for Africa appeared first on ImpactAlpha. SDGs Africa paywall Asia Dealflow Inclusive Economy Impact Tech United States

Secha Capital reaches first close of second fund for early-stage enterprises in South Africa

Impact Alpha

The post Secha Capital reaches first close of second fund for early-stage enterprises in South Africa appeared first on ImpactAlpha. Capital on the Frontier Africa paywall Dealflow Inclusive Economy

Call for Rapid Restart of South Africa’s Renewables Procurement

GreenTechMedia

Locked-down South Africa will need to restart its renewables procurement program “very soon” to hit targets in its latest Integrated Resource Plan and put a year of severe power outages behind it.

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Smart subsidies for Africa’s high risk, low return smallholder finance market

Impact Alpha

In the fragmented agricultural markets of sub-Saharan Africa, risk in lending to small and midsize enterprises is perceived to be twice as high as other sectors, while returns are 4-5% lower. Aceli Africa and Dalberg, which analyzed more than 9,000 transactions. ImpactAlpha, Sept.

CrossBoundary Energy’s fund exit is a proof point for Africa’s commercial solar market – and catalytic capital

Impact Alpha

24 – An African solar energy fund that only five years ago appeared too risky even for impact investors has delivered, Catalytic Capital Africa Clean Energy Climate and Clean Tech Dealflow Features Frontier & Growth Markets SDGsImpactAlpha, Nov.

Averting a Covid-19 security crisis in Africa

Eco-Business

The only way to build a safer post-Covid world is to ensure that Africa is not left behind Although Covid-19 does not affect all equally, it does confirm the axiom that, in today’s interconnected world, global challenges require global solutions.

Six financial innovations for a sustainable recovery in Africa, Asia and Latin America

Impact Alpha

The post Six financial innovations for a sustainable recovery in Africa, Asia and Latin America appeared first on Impact Alpha. ImpactAlpha, March 10 – Voluntary and mandatory carbon markets are starting to drive sustainable investments around the world. Energy Peace Partners’ Peace Renewable.

Landmark solar-battery hybrid plant goes live at Africa gold mine

Renewable Energy World

What is said to be the world’s largest off-grid solar-battery hybrid system for the mining industry has been commissioned at a gold mine in Mali, West Africa.

CDC Group backs Africa’s banks to ratchet up small business finance

Impact Alpha

In Africa, the latest demonstration of its Catalytic Strategies amounts to $275 million in The post CDC Group backs Africa’s banks to ratchet up small business finance appeared first on ImpactAlpha. Africa paywall Dealflow Entrepreneurship Catalytic Capital

Reinsurance firm Africa Specialty Risk Group launches with backing from Helios

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, September 24 – Reinsurance firm Africa Specialty Risk Group launches with backing from Helios. Africa Specialty Risk Group, or ASR, will offer reinsurance—insurance for insurers—to encourage new business and investment activity for Africa’s COVID recovery.

Strengthening impact investing in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia with collaboration, local solutions and scale

Impact Alpha

Impact Voices 2030 Finance Africa Asia Frontier & Growth MarketsFor the first time in two decades, global extreme poverty is expected to rise. According to The World Bank, the COVID-19 pandemic will.

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Aavishkaar scores $37 million for expansion in Asia and Africa

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, September 26 – India-based impact investor Aavishkaar has more than $1 billion in assets under management and three open funds in India, Southeast Asia and Africa. To fuel Aavishkaar’s growth, Dutch development bank FMO stepped in as an equity investor, taking a 10% stake The post Aavishkaar scores $37 million for expansion in Asia and Africa appeared first on ImpactAlpha. paywall Africa Smarter Money Industry News Asia Dealflow India

South Africa Renewables Developers Impatient for New Bidding Opportunities in 2021

GreenTechMedia

The program has been plagued by delays and no real commitment from the governmnet," Kevin Robinson, South Africa's representative within the Africa Solar Industry Asscociation, said in an email. Looking at other renewable energy opportunities in South Africa.

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