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How Africa could become a global hydrogen powerhouse

GreenBiz

Africa’s abundant solar and wind energy could make it a global hub for producing low-carbon hydrogen, the IEA says, but its residents still face access challenges

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The invasion of second-hand clothes in Africa

GreenBiz

Part of what the West decides not to wear is sent with a one-way ticket to Africa, which is good for the environment, but not for the local economy

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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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How Rapid Urbanization in Africa Compounds Water Challenges

The City Fix

Africa’s population is growing faster than any other continent’s and its urban population is expected to more than double by 2050. This urban rapid growth, which is mostly sprawling “horizontal” growth, as the World Resources Report: Towards a More Equal City shows, is combining with climate.

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Financing imperatives for Africa’s clean energy transition

GreenBiz

Finding cash to help African countries develop renewable energy for domestic needs and benefit from export opportunities is one of the biggest challenges over the long term

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Entrepreneurs need funding to restore Africa's degraded land

GreenBiz

Africa’s investment gap is indicative of a global problem. There is little funding to reverse land degradation and combat desertification

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Comment: Africa can save billions by adopting renewable energy

Envirotec Magazine

By Kenneth Engblom Vice President, Wartsila Energy, Europe and Africa. When it comes to building the future of energy in Africa, the decisions facing the continent’s leaders today are nothing less than of historical importance. Africa knows where it needs to go.

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Katapult’s Africa accelerator zeros in on food security

Impact Alpha

The post Katapult’s Africa accelerator zeros in on food security appeared first on ImpactAlpha. Africa Agrifood Tech Climate Finance Conservation Dealflow Frontier and Growth Markets Smallholder AgricultureImpactAlpha, November 16 – Insect farming in Ghana. Aquaculture in Kenya.

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Africa Eats: Filling the gap in operational capital to grow Africa’s small businesses

Impact Alpha

The post Africa Eats: Filling the gap in operational capital to grow Africa’s small businesses appeared first on ImpactAlpha. Africa Impact Voices Smallholder AgricultureFind great companies, add growth capital, and the result are bigger, stronger, more scalable companies.

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Africa Eats crowdfunds capital to strengthen Africa’s food supply chains

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, September 29 – Impact accelerator program Fledge last year launched Africa Eats to back promising startups in Africa that are strengthening the. The post Africa Eats crowdfunds capital to strengthen Africa’s food supply chains appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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Public Transport Challenges in Africa: Mapping and Transit Data as a Remedy

The City Fix

Integrated Transport access Addis Ababa Africa commuters data electrification Ethiopia informal transport infrastructure investment mapping minibus motorization public transportation sub-Saharan Africa sustainable development urbanization

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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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Aceli Africa raises $27 million to boost lending to agribusinesses in East Africa

Impact Alpha

The post Aceli Africa raises $27 million to boost lending to agribusinesses in East Africa appeared first on ImpactAlpha. Africa Dealflow Entrepreneurship Good Jobs Inclusive Economy

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Flourish Ventures to invest $12 million in tech startups ‘Made in Africa’

Impact Alpha

based venture capital firm Flourish Ventures has launched Madica, short for ‘Made In Africa’, to invest in and provide. The post Flourish Ventures to invest $12 million in tech startups ‘Made in Africa’ appeared first on ImpactAlpha. Africa Dealflow Impact Tech Return on Inclusion

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British International Investment provides $75 million guarantee for small business lending in Africa

Impact Alpha

The post British International Investment provides $75 million guarantee for small business lending in Africa appeared first on ImpactAlpha. Africa Catalytic Capital Dealflow Inclusive Economy Innovative Finance

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How Balloon Ventures is banking “missing middle” businesses in East Africa

Impact Alpha

The post How Balloon Ventures is banking “missing middle” businesses in East Africa appeared first on ImpactAlpha. Africa Financial Inclusion Frontier and Growth MarketsImpactAlpha, Aug.

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Three lessons impact investors can offer venture capitalists looking for deals in Africa

Impact Alpha

At the Africa CEO Forum in Abidjan earlier this summer, a striking consensus emerged: Africa is at a new investment crossroads. The post Three lessons impact investors can offer venture capitalists looking for deals in Africa appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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THE PARKS will be Africa's largest sustainable city

Inhabitant

Dubai-based URB has just unveiled plans to create Africa's largest sustainable city, THE PARKS

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BluePeak backs Africure to bolster pharmaceutical production in Africa

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, April 26 – The challenges of affordability and authenticity have hampered access to life-saving medicines and vaccines in Africa. Case in point: The post BluePeak backs Africure to bolster pharmaceutical production in Africa appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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Goodwell Investments raises €50 million to drive inclusive growth in Africa

Impact Alpha

The post Goodwell Investments raises €50 million to drive inclusive growth in Africa appeared first on ImpactAlpha. Africa Climate and Clean Tech Dealflow Education Tech Financial Inclusion Impact Tech

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Solarise Africa secures $5.9 million in debt financing from Trine

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, September 14 — Commercial and industrial solar accounts for 75% of power demand in sub-Saharan Africa, despite its unreliability and high cost. The post Solarise Africa secures $5.9 Africa Clean Energy Climate Finance Dealflow Geographies Inclusive Economy

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ImpactAlpha Deal spotlight: Financing women-led small businesses in Africa

Impact Alpha

In Africa, where more than half of small businesses. The post ImpactAlpha Deal spotlight: Financing women-led small businesses in Africa appeared first on ImpactAlpha. Africa Dealflow Gender Smart Inclusive Economy Women Entrepreneurs Women Rising

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How women-led funds in South Africa are unlocking capital for women and small businesses

Impact Alpha

The post How women-led funds in South Africa are unlocking capital for women and small businesses appeared first on ImpactAlpha. Africa Features Frontier and Growth Markets Gender Smart Originals

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How Mastercard Foundation’s $200 million Africa Growth Fund invests at the intersection of gender lens and good jobs

Impact Alpha

The post How Mastercard Foundation’s $200 million Africa Growth Fund invests at the intersection of gender lens and good jobs appeared first on ImpactAlpha. Africa Dealflow Gender Smart Inclusive Economy Return on Inclusion Women Entrepreneurs Women Rising

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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

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How indigenous land rights halted Amazon’s South Africa headquarters

GreenBiz

Courts ruled that the rights of First Nation communities would be at risk if development went ahead

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Development Partners International closes billion-dollar Africa-focused fund

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, October 5 – Development Partners International invests in growth-stage companies serving Africa’s growing consumer and middle classes. The post Development Partners International closes billion-dollar Africa-focused fund appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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German government investing $115M in renewable energy in Africa

Renewable Energy World

million) in investment to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy across Africa. However, with the recent announcements by several countries to cease funding coal, mechanisms such as SEFA are needed to support the increased rollout of renewables in Africa.

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4 Initiatives Working to Map and Improve Informal Transit in Africa

The City Fix

The Digital Transport for Africa (DT4A) initiative, led by WRI and partners and funded by the French Development Agency (AFD), has selected four winners of the first-ever DT4A Innovation Challenge.

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Teranga Capital: Taking risks to build an impact ecosystem in West Africa 

Impact Alpha

The post Teranga Capital: Taking risks to build an impact ecosystem in West Africa appeared first on ImpactAlpha. Africa Entrepreneurship Features Frontier and Growth Markets Originals Seeding ImpactImpactAlpha, August 22 – Dakar-based Teranga Capital does private equity deals.

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Nigeria’s TeamApt scores backing from QED for digital banking in rural Africa

Impact Alpha

The post Nigeria’s TeamApt scores backing from QED for digital banking in rural Africa appeared first on ImpactAlpha. Africa Dealflow Financial Inclusion Frontier and Growth Markets

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Patterns in the data from 200 impact fund managers investing in Africa

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, April 27 – Africa offers increasingly interesting opportunities for investors to generate financial returns coupled with societal impact. The post Patterns in the data from 200 impact fund managers investing in Africa appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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Energy access and financial inclusion ride Africa’s swell of private capital

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, April 27 – The bad news: The COVID-19 pandemic reversed progress in Africa toward Sustainable Development Goals. The post Energy access and financial inclusion ride Africa’s swell of private capital appeared first on ImpactAlpha. Africa Frontier and Growth Markets Signals

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Africa’s biggest bank turns to fintech to extend lending to informal businesses 

Impact Alpha

The post Africa’s biggest bank turns to fintech to extend lending to informal businesses appeared first on ImpactAlpha. Africa Corporate Impact Financial Inclusion Frontier and Growth Markets

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Africa's first green hydrogen plant to be complete by 2024

Inhabitant

million) hydrogen plant in Namibia, Africa. The plant will be complete in 2024, making it Africa's first hydrogen power plant. A French power producer HDF Energy (HDF.PA) is constructing a 3.1 billion Namibian dollar (USD $181.25 The firm says that once the plant becomes operational, it will supply electricity 24 hours a day, all throughout the year

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TLG Capital partners with two investors in Africa to lend to startups and growing businesses

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, December 15 – There’s a $330 billion financing gap for small and mid-sized businesses in Africa. The post TLG Capital partners with two investors in Africa to lend to startups and growing businesses appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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Ghanaian pharmacy venture mPharma raises $35 million to expand drug access in Africa

Impact Alpha

The post Ghanaian pharmacy venture mPharma raises $35 million to expand drug access in Africa appeared first on ImpactAlpha. Africa Dealflow Inclusive Economy Investing in Health

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Aqua-Spark backs Lake Harvest to expand sustainable aquaculture in Africa

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, January 12 — Aqua-Spark is launching a subsidiary to help build out local and regional aquaculture supply chains in Africa. The post Aqua-Spark backs Lake Harvest to expand sustainable aquaculture in Africa appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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MarketForce raises $40 million to digitize Africa’s small retailers

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, February 23 — Around 95% of retail transactions in Africa are done in cash. The post MarketForce raises $40 million to digitize Africa’s small retailers appeared first on ImpactAlpha. Africa Dealflow Financial Inclusion Geographies Impact Tech Inclusive Economy

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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.

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Womvest and Secha Capital pilot gender-based debt fund for South Africa’s small businesses

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, March 10 – South Africa-based Womvest launched last year to connect women entrepreneurs and investors for mutual support. The post Womvest and Secha Capital pilot gender-based debt fund for South Africa’s small businesses appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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3 Takeaways from the Africa-India TUMI E-Bus Study Tour

The City Fix

Electric buses are key to decarbonizing cities. Compared to internal combustion engine buses and cars, they improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, are cheaper to operate and are more reliable in many cases. But the transition to electric buses.

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Ford Foundation commits $3 million to support natural resource governance in West Africa

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, December 21 — Extraction of metals, minerals and fossil fuels in West Africa has hurt local economies, exacerbated environmental problems and contributed. Africa Climate Finance Dealflow Inclusive Economy

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