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

GreenBiz

Africa Agriculture farmers Food & Agriculture Food Systems Regenerative Agriculture

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Zipline secures $250 million for drone delivery in Africa, Japan and the U.S.

Impact Alpha

The post Zipline secures $250 million for drone delivery in Africa, Japan and the U.S. Africa Dealflow Frontier & Growth Markets Health and Medtech Impact Tech United States

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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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Better economic data can drive inclusive growth in Africa

Impact Alpha

The post Better economic data can drive inclusive growth in Africa appeared first on ImpactAlpha. “In God we trust, everyone else must bring data,” said the statistician W. Edwards Deming. The debilitating effect of Covid19 on the economies.

Medical Credit Fund’s digital finance fund secures $8.3 million to support Africa’s health clinics

Impact Alpha

million to support Africa’s health clinics appeared first on ImpactAlpha. Africa Dealflow Geographies Health and Medtech Return on Inclusion

Savannah Fund reaches first close on Africa tech seed fund

Impact Alpha

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

Securitizing future cash flows to advance the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa

Impact Alpha

The post Securitizing future cash flows to advance the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa appeared first on Impact Alpha. Africa Catalytic Capital Impact Voices

Africa’s online safety is a new frontier for social innovation

Impact Alpha

The exponential increase and expected growth of internet, smartphone and mobile network usage in Africa has enabled a thriving ecosystem of tech entrepreneurs. The post Africa’s online safety is a new frontier for social innovation appeared first on Impact Alpha.

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

GatesNotes

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

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Berkeley Energy raises €130 million for second Africa Renewable Energy Fund

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, June 21 – Berkeley Energy is looking to build hydro, wind and solar projects, as well as battery storage facilities, to meet Africa’s. The post Berkeley Energy raises €130 million for second Africa Renewable Energy Fund appeared first on Impact Alpha.

ANDE’s Advancing Women’s Empowerment Fund awards $450,000 to three organizations in Africa

Impact Alpha

The post ANDE’s Advancing Women’s Empowerment Fund awards $450,000 to three organizations in Africa appeared first on Impact Alpha. Africa Dealflow Frontier & Growth Markets Gender Smart Inclusive Economy

Madagascar’s Sayna secures investment to offer digital skills-training in francophone Africa

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, June 28 – Nearly 95% of Africa’s youth are informally employed. The post Madagascar’s Sayna secures investment to offer digital skills-training in francophone Africa appeared first on Impact Alpha.

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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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.

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

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.

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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CDC Group provides $100 million to help ETG connect smallholder farmers in Africa

Impact Alpha

The post CDC Group provides $100 million to help ETG connect smallholder farmers in Africa appeared first on Impact Alpha. Africa Catalytic Capital Dealflow Geographies Inclusive Economy Smallholder Agriculture

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.

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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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 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

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

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

Consider yourself a fiduciary? Then it’s time to invest in Africa

Impact Alpha

Africa was home to half of the world’s 10 fastest growing economies last year. Institutional investors must begin to seriously consider Africa as. Then it’s time to invest in Africa appeared first on Impact Alpha.

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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Acre Impact Capital bridges a financing gap to catalyze capital for infrastructure in Africa

Impact Alpha

The post Acre Impact Capital bridges a financing gap to catalyze capital for infrastructure in Africa appeared first on Impact Alpha. Africa Catalytic Capital Dealflow Frontier & Growth Markets

Covid-19 crisis makes electricity too costly for millions in Africa, Asia

Eco-Business

The pandemic's economic impact left at least 25 million people unable to pay for power in 2020, mainly in Africa, threatening progress towards access for all

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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East Africa’s Tugende scores $3.6 million to expand micro-business lending

Impact Alpha

The post East Africa’s Tugende scores $3.6 Africa Dealflow Entrepreneurship Geographies Inclusive EconomyImpactAlpha, March 31 — The Kampala-based social lender, which finances the purchase of motorcycle taxis for Ugandan and Kenyan “boda boda” drivers, is expanding.

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.

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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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

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.

How ‘chamas’ and mutual credit are changing Africa: Shaila Agha of the Sarafu Network

Low Impact

Today I’m talking with Shaila Agha of the Sarafu Network about ‘chamas’ and mutual credit , and how they’re changing Africa. When I spoke with Will, he said forget Europe and North America – mutual credit is going to spread through Africa, Asia and Latin America first.

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

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

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

The Challenge of Developing East Africa – Part 2

Climate 4.0

The question is, how do the developed nations of the West effectively and honorably interact with the developing world today, in East Africa and elsewhere? How much of this will ultimately go to East Africa is a topic for the future.

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

Clir Renewables selected to optimize Africa’s largest wind farm

Renewable Energy World

David O’Hare, Director, Europe, Clir said: “Lake Turkana is a particularly unique project – it’s the first of this scale in Africa and has been developed to take advantage of some of the best conditions for consistent energy production.

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.