Innovation will play an important role in Africa's development. Whether it is in growing the economy, strengthening healthcare systems or improving education. GE's goal is to foster innovation across the continent, and to put its technology into the hands of Africans everywhere.
A look at the construction behind the Calabar Manufacturing and Assembly Facility.
In 2014, the Power Africa Off-Grid Energy Challenge was extended to include Ethiopia, Ghana and Tanzania. With five countries vying for prizes, the competition saw an increased amount and variety of innovation in the entries. Across these East African countries, entrepreneurs fine-tuned their off-grid solutions, resulting in a total of 19 winners.
On October 27, 2014, GE launched the Lagos Garage skills building programme. Focusing on entrepreneurs, participants were trained in the latest in advanced manufacturing technology.
Mobility is a critical sector across the continent. So when it was time for GE to appoint a new leader for GE Transportation in Sub-Saharan Africa, Kenyas Thomas Konditi, chief financial officer for GE Africa, was the natural choice. In his work for GE Africa, Konditis responsibilities spanned 25 countries, ensuring that he can draw on extensive global and regional experience. He has a track record of driving commercial growth and innovation, having overseen Sub-Saharan Africa finance, capital markets, financial services, treasury and tax support for the $3.2 billion operation.
Throughout the continent, smallholder farmers are often marginalised, with many living in poverty, despite the huge potential of this sector and its contribution to food security. Having witnessed first-hand the hardships facing farmers in rural Nigeria, entrepreneur Titi Masha was determined to create solutions that would increase farming efficiency and revenue. By developing solar powered grain mills through her company Topstep Nigeria Limited, local farmers are now taking advantage of renewable power to improve their operations and increase profits.
One day two years ago, Gary Sarkis brought a bees leg to work. The leg was part of his daughters science project and Sarkis, who builds scientific microscopes at GE Healthcare Life Sciences for a living, wanted to take a look with a new imaging machine he and his colleagues have developed.
With multiple refineries around the country, Nigeria is dependent on a consistent power supply to process crude oil. But an unpredictable power grid has heavily affected the countrys key oil refinery at Port Harcourt, with output having been reduced to as much as 30 per cent. To help build a more reliable power supply, Genesis Electricity installed GEs TM2500+ mobile aeroderivative gas turbines at the Port Harcourt refinery
Hailed as Africas golden child, Ghana is the continents fastest growing economy. The discovery of oil and gas in the country has the potential to boost economic growth even more in this West African country.But Ghanas oil and gas sector is facing a talent crunch as demand for labour exceeds supply. Without a skilled, educated workforce, efforts to deliver on the sectors potential may fall short. Stakeholders are united in their belief that the root cause of the skills shortage must be tackled head on.
Who invented the color red? Well, nobody of course. But in another sense, you might say that Nick Holonyak did in the modern era, when he created the red LED at GEs labs in 1962. Now, materials scientist Anant Setlur has reinvented the color. Working with a team of researchers at GE Lighting and in Europe, Setlur found and patented a way leading to the perfect red light.
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In an effort to fight corruption in the procurement sector, the ministry of Finance has launched a five-year online (e-procurement) strategy 2014-2019.The strategy aims to promote accountability and transparency especially in all public procurement departments. The World Bank has funded the implementation of the strategy to a tune of $5.8m (Shs 15.6bn).more
More than 50 percent of the world's population are living in urban areas for the first time in history. Their growth results in issues and opportunities as they march towards urbanization, this creates new challenges, from modernizing aging infrastructure in older cities to meeting the demands for natural resources, from leveraging massive amounts of data from devices to improving the health and safety of their citizens.more
PISI Limited has launched E-Alert App, a free emergency security service. The application will help tackle the problem of insecurity in Nigeria, developing countries and the rest of the world.
Shack fires break out each day in South Africa, but thanks to a new device which detects uncontrolled fires in shacks, these devastating events could be prevented in future.
As a way of closing the energy gap in the country, the Ugandan government has turned its attention to toilets as a main source of cooking energy.
Rwanda joined a few other countries to enjoy Fourth Generation Long-Term Evolution (4G LTE) Internet services after it was launched in Kigali. The 4G LTE will replace the previously used 3G Internet giving faster speed.
Ethiopian Airlines has turned a Boeing 737 aircraft into a hotel and restaurant business. Weddings, birthdays, and meetings can all be held in the new restaurant.
Mbugua is a Kenyan student who, together with a Nigerian colleague Christian Emiyah, presented a project on using visible light for the dual purposes of illumination and communication at the White House.
The BBC World Service has launched a new 'lifeline' Ebola service for people in West Africa on instant messenger app Whatsapp, the most popular chat app in Africa. The new service is in both English and French and will comprise public health information on Ebola from the BBC, using audio, text message posts and images. It will also include breaking news alerts related to Ebola.
International Data Group's Chief Security Officer (CSO) magazine recently announced the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a winner of the prestigious CSO50 Award for 2015, given to the top 50 information security organizations worldwide. The CSO50 award recognizes organizations for information security initiatives that demonstrate outstanding business value and thought leadership. This award for UNDP follows an Information Security CS040 Award in 2014, a Computerworld Premier 2014 100 ICT Leader Award for Shirin Hamid, UNDP's Chief Technology Officer, and an Information Security Computer World Good Award in 2013.
With crime rates accelerating in Nairobi, prison does not seem to effectively rehabilitate young people for improved lives after prison. Nafisika Trust aims to change that. Volunteers work with inmates, helping them build life skills for after prison. These volunteers expand their own capacity for empathy. Everyone involved gains hands on experience that helps them grow their changemaking skills: empathy, leadership, teamwork and changemaking.
AS a measure targeted at improving the growth of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in Nigeria, the National Information and Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has informed of plans by the country to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with countries including Israel, India, China and the United Arab Emirates.
An online tool developed by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), launched earlier this year, allows policymakers to identify which technologies or practices (out of 10 that were modelled) will do most to improve yields in their region, taking predicted climate change conditions into account.
The permanent secretary at the Ministry of Energy, Momodou Njie on Tuesday presided over the opening ceremony of a two-week training on 'energy reforms' and training of technicians on solar PV systems at the Regional Education Office in Kanifing.
ABSA, the local bank, has extended its free Wi-Fi service to its Maponya Mall branch in Soweto. The development according to the firm makes bank the first financial institution at one of Gauteng's major township shopping centres to offer up to 100Mb of free Wi-Fi per day to all shoppers.
The Conex Crude Storage Terminal (CST) project in collaboration with the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company ("LPRC") is expected to be completed in December this year. The goal is to use the alternative Heavy Fuel Oil for electricity rather than more expensive resources. It is expected to enable the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) reduce the cost of electricity as a public utility by at approximately 50%. more >>
The Kenyan government is developing Konza city as a 5,000-acre public-private partnership and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) hub, raising hopes that the project might provide job opportunities for youth in the country. Konza is a flagship initiative of Kenya's Vision 2030, a national development blueprint. Plans call for Konza to be constructed in four five-year phases. more >>
- Africa: Savannah Fund's Mbwana Alliy On the Barriers to Start-Up Success, His Favorite Start-U.S in E-Commerce and Bit Coin and the Safaricom Mistake(Innovation in Africa)
- Nigeria: Heritage Bank Speaks Innovation in Financial Services Delivery At Card Expo(Daily Trust)
- Nigeria: Heritage Bank CEO to Speak On Innovation At CBN's Expo(Vanguard)
- Tanzania: Mahindra Comviva Wins Kalahari Awards 2015 for Airtel Money Nfc Payments in Tanzania(CIO)
- Kenya: Safaricom Spark Venture Fund Receives Over 200 Applications(CIO)
- South Africa: Digital Marketing Innovation With Google Voice Search(Biz-Community)
- Africa: Terror Groups May Be Winning Digital War On Extremist Ideology(IPS)
- South Africa: Breakthrough to Revolutionise Burn Treatment(News24Wire)
- Africa: DNA Editing Could Reduce Sickle Cell Symptoms(SciDev.Net)
- Zambia: Entrepreneurship, Youth Innovation(Times of Zambia)
- Liberia: President Sirleaf Delivers Keynote Address At AfDB 50th Anniversary Celebrations - Commends Outgoing President Donald Kaberuka for His Innovative and Progressive Leadership(Liberia Govt)
- Africa: Inventors Shackled by Intellectual Property Regimes(SciDev.Net)
- Nigeria: TD, EMC Partner to Drive Technological Innovation(Vanguard)
- Cote d'Ivoire: Africa's Digital Content Providers 'Between a Rock and a Hard Place'(Digital Content Africa)
- Africa: Using Tech for Sustainable Cities 'Works if Residents Participate'(SciDev.Net)
- Africa: China Clones Heat-Tolerant Gene From African Rice Strain(Focac)
- Seychelles: Team VCS Wins Seychelles Webcup 2015(Seychelles News Agency)
- Africa: UNICEF and ARM Unleash Technology to Transform Children's Lives(Unicef)
- Kenya: Allenhark Group in Ksh 3.2 Billion Deal With Mambu to Bring Banking 3.0 to Kenya(CIO)
- Kenya: Allenhark Group Signs Ksh. 3.2 Billion Deal With Mambu to Bring Banking 3.0 to Kenya(CIO)
- Nigeria: 'Why We Are Promoting Legacy of Innovation'(This Day)
- South Africa: Tea Industry Urged to Share Benefits With Khoi, San(News24Wire)
- South Africa: Local Audio App Helps Cut Data Costs(News24Wire)
- Nigeria: GE - Gauging Innovation As an Index of Development(This Day)
- Gambia: Man Invents Model Robot(Daily Observer)
- Africa: Knowledge Hub Aims to Boost Herders' Political Clout(SciDev.Net)
- Africa: Africa's Knowledge Economy Isn't Simply About Data(SciDev.Net)
- Uganda: PhDs in Focus - Helping Uganda's Neglected Pastoralists(SciDev.Net)
- Ethiopia: Ethiopia's Mega Projects to Foster Scientific Researches, Innovations(Ethiopian Herald)
- Guinea: Nurses With Tablets and Bikers With Smartphones Join Ebola Fight(Thomson Reuters Foundation)
- African Development Bank to Participate in the World Economic Forum On Africa
- AfDB Hosts Launch of New Deal Monitoring Report
- Outgoing President of AfDB Pledges to Continue to Work for Africa
- AfDB and World Bank Working Together to Strengthen Ebola Response in Africa
- Where Are the Keys to Africa's Industrialization?
- African Legal Support Facility Hosts Discussion On Risks and Rewards of International Capital Markets
- Leaders Discuss a Single Market for Africa and the Need for Peace and Stability
- Connecting African Women With It Is Good for Growth
- Investment Climate - Africa Challenged to Do More
- Ecobank Group CEO Named African Banker of the Year
- AfDB Gathers Ideas for African Natural Resources Center Strategy
- Curtain Falls On 2015 AfDB Annual Meetings in Abidjan
- Panelists Call for Support to Africa's Fashion Industry
- AfDB's UA 2.34 Million* to Improve Roads and Travel Conditions in Togo and Burkina Faso
- Changing the Education Landscape to Ensure Jobs for Youth in Africa
- Structural Change Needed to Spur Innovation in Africa
- AfDB Funds Usd 70.5 Million for Tanzania's Power Sector Reform and Governance Support Programme
- Interview With Stefan Nalletamby, Director, Financial Sector Development, AfDB
- Relations Between Korea, Africa and the Bank Are Growing
- Akinwumi Adesina of Nigeria Elected 8th President of the AfDB
- Africa - Making Growth More Inclusive Hinges On Unlocking Potential of Local Economies, Says the African Economic Outlook 2015
- Tedx Abidjan - Voices of Hope Set Tone for 2015 AfDB Annual Meetings
- The State of Gender Equality in Africa - Launch of AfDB Africa Gender Equality Index
- The 2015 Annual Meetings - 'The Bank's Window On the World'
- Liberian President Ellen Sirleaf Johnson in Abidjan for Talks On Fixing Africa's Primary Healthcare
- African Economic Outlook Launch Kicks Off 2015 AfDB Annual Meetings
- Interview With Chiji Ojukwu, Director, Agriculture and Agro-Industry Department, AfDB
- AfDB Supporting Women to Become Self Sufficient
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