Around the world, female entrepreneurs are empowering other women to generate sustainable income while addressing the worlds most pressing challenges. The Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative does it one high-quality bicycle at a time. Read more»
A patch that disrupts a mosquito's sensory ability, thus making people "invisible" may soon undergo field trials in Uganda. The Kite Patch is a small sticker for clothes that works by disrupting mosquitoes' ability to sense exhaled carbon dioxide (CO2) and human odour. Read more»
Persian Gulf governments could use Google's free global satellite imaging program to better monitor and control fishing in their waters. Read more»
When it came to keeping lions at bay, an old-fashioned scarecrow just wasn't up to the job. So a 13-year-old Maasai cattle herder combined basic technology with teenage ingenuity to find another way, writes The Guardian. Read more»
Microsoft under the 4Afrika initiative will offer financial support to five African start-ups in an effort to empower the next generation of developers and entrepreneurs in the continent. Read more»
Creation of a high-tech city outside Nairobi, which stalled in recent months, could be a 'game changer' that positions Kenya as the Africa's preferred ICT destination. Pressure to move the Konza project forward is coming from both the private sector and politicians representing the area. Read more»
Kenya's mobile network operator Safaricom has been rated number 9 in innovation globally by Fast Company magazine due to its role in bridging the healthcare gap with telecoms services. Read more»
A small army of landmine-detecting rats is to be redeployed in Mozambique in a push to meet a deadline to have the country declared free of mines this year. Read more»
The Electronic pay slip (e-pay slips) system introduced by the Controller and Accountant Generals' Department for public sector workers on the mechanised payroll has received a lot of patronage from the public. Read more»
Small-scale technology has once again proved its worth for women. Two female 'solar engineers' have been boosting the development of their community by installing solar panels in a Cameroon village far from the national electricity grid. Read more»
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.
- Photo: GE Reports
- Photo: GE Reports
- Photo: GE Reports
Things changed at the rural health clinic in Kimalamisale, Tanzania, when a trained nurse arrived with Vscan, a pocket-size ultrasound machine manufactured by GE. Her visit was part of a research study designed to test technological innovations to speed up efforts to meet MDG goals 4 and 5 in Africa.Full story
Jay Ireland, president and CEO of GE Africa announced that GE would supply Kenya's Kinangop Wind Farm with 38 wind turbines each capable of generating 1.6 megawatts of electricity. The turbines will stand on a windy plateau near Nairobi, some 200 miles north of Mt. Kilimanjaro in neighboring Tanzania.Full story
In 2013, GE shipped to the Tatooine-like landscape of the M'Sila province in northern Algeria mobile power plants designed to "fast-track" power production - each holds a modified jet engine that burns natural gas to generate power.Full story
Affordable Digital X-ray Helps Ghana Outpatient Clinic Improve Efficiency
One year from installation of a Brivo DR-F digital Rad system, leaders of a private clinic in Ghana see medical technology helping residents' care improve as the nation's economy prospers.
Vscan and Venue 40 Utilized in An Evidence-Based African Study
In support of an evidence-based study sponsored by the Ifakara Health Institute, GE Healthcare in 2012 assisted in the product training of 14 Tanzanian healthcare professionals at the Kisarawe District Hospital.
Clean Drinking Water | Desalination Technology | Water Supply...
Discover how GE is helping provide clean drinking water to 1.5 million people in Africa with desalination technology. GE is committed to global health issues.
GE is committed to maternal infant health in Africa and working to make a difference in the lives of mothers and children.
GE's sponsorship of Maker Faire Africa centers on encouraging local innovation to help solve some of Africa's toughest challenges.
"In Uganda they can get their hands on salt, but not much more," says Steve Froelicher, an engineer at GE Appliances in Louisville who helped design the system.
Three Nigerian And Three Kenyan Companies Are Winners of the Inaugural GE USADF Off-Grid Energy Challenge
Three Kenyan and three Nigerian companies have emerged winners of the inaugural Africa GE-USADF Off-Grid Energy Challenge. The winners were announced at a grand gala event held in Lagos, Nigeria on 21st November. 2013. Each will receive grants of up to $ 100,000 to support their initiatives.
Sasol and General Electric Water division have together developed new water technology that will clean waste water, while also providing biogas as a by-product for power generation.
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: GE Africa Healthymagination has donated handheld ultrasound devices and related equipment worth $87 000 USD (140 940 000 TZS) to the Kisarawe District Hospital in Kisarawe, in the Pwani District of Tanzania, providing pregnant women in rural areas with access to free ultrasound services.
Telecom operators in Africa and elsewhere will soon start powering cell phone towers with GE's next-generation Durathon batteries. The low-maintenance batteries last twice as long as ordinary lead-acid batteries and can work for 20 years. They are also non-toxic and fully recyclable.
The phrases "impact sourcing" and "business process outsourcing"- or BPO - are just jargon to most people. But they describe a model of doing business that advocates say could provide 780,000 new jobs in the next two years - many to Africa's "youth bulge" of unemployed young people - by providing training, on-the-job experience and career opportunities. AllAfrica examines the potential of digital jobs. Read more»
Interview: 'Maker Faire' Co-Founder on Bolstering Innovation in Africa
When David Otieno graduated from the Kenya Institute of Management five years ago he joined the estimated 50,000 other new graduates searching for employment. But luck was never on his side - so he made his own. Otieno is one of a growing number of youths in Kenya and other African countries who are using business process outsourcing as a means of employment. Read more»
Over the past five years, the Rockefeller Foundation has helped to build an impact investing industry where investors can deploy capital in pursuit of deliberate social and environmental goals as well as financial return. While the Impact Investing sector has gained traction and total impact capital has grown substantially, impact investors observe there are too few investable impact enterprises. Read more»
Half of the world's people live in cities. By 2050, that number is expected to grow to 75 percent - but few African cities are positioned to rise to the coming challenges. Read more»
To enable 100 cities to better address the increasing shocks and stresses of the 21st century, The Rockefeller Foundation has launched the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge. Read more»
While governments have been key supporters of private-sector innovation, the profits do not trickle back into public budgets, a policy expert says. National innovation-led growth has depended on the state's involvement in shaping markets and making initial high-risk investments in new technologies ahead of the private sector. Read more»
Large-scale plantations in coastal deserts could provide an affordable alternative to carbon capture technology as well as reduce desert temperatures, increase rainfall, and revitalise soil, a study shows. Planting trees in coastal deserts could capture carbon dioxide, reduce harsh desert temperatures, boost rainfall, revitalise soils and produce cheap biofuels. Read more»
Charity Mutegi, a 38-year-old agricultural scientist from Kenya, will receive an international award that recognizes young researchers for innovation in food security. Mutegi will be presented with the award October 16, World Food Day, in Des Moines, Iowa, as part of the 2013 Borlaug Dialogue international symposium. Read more»
Nigeria's agriculture ministry has moved forward with a controversial plan to provide the country's farmers with cellphones. These phones will be used for vouchers to purchase seed and fertilizer, and it is hoped that the new system will help diminish corruption in the agriculture sector. Read more»
A free online mapping system to track insecticide resistance in malaria-causing mosquitoes identifies places in more than 50 malaria-endemic countries where mosquitoes have become resistant to the insecticides used in bed nets and indoor sprays. Read more»
Grow Africa is a partnership of the African Union Commission, Nepad and World Economic Forum that seeks to accelerate private-sector investment for sustainable growth in African agriculture. Read more»
The Rockefeller Foundation, which funds AllAfrica reports on innovation for development, has promoted resilience and equitable growth for all people for 100 years - supporting innovative thinkers and actors to move from ideas to impact. In today's interconnected world, the Rockefeller Foundation has a unique ability to address emerging challenges, to shape agendas and to inform decision-making.
- Africa: £25,000 Prize for African Engineering Innovation Launched (SciDev.Net)
- Ghana: Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative: Empowering women and building resilience (The Rockefeller Foundation)
- Nigeria: New APP Enhances Healthcare Access (CAJ News)
- Rwanda: Innovation - New Site a Pilot for Refugee Camp Planning and Design (UNHCR)
- Africa: The Case for Boosting Africa's Knowledge Ecosystem (SciDev.Net)
- Africa: Call for Local Social Innovators to Be Key Actors in Global and Local Development Efforts (UNDP)
- South Africa: Building the World's Largest Radio Telescope (SciDev.Net)
- Kenya: Build Konza, It Will Be a Game Changer (The Star)
- Africa: Secrets to a Successful mHealth Campaign (SciDev.Net)
- Zimbabwe: Zim Hungers for Scientific Innovation (The Herald)
- Rwanda: Mobile Technology Improves Water Access (SciDev.Net)
- Africa: Market Forces 'Insufficient' to Roll Out Low-Cost Tech (SciDev.Net)
- Kenya: Nokia Targets APP Developers With Imaging SDK 1.1 (CIO)
- South Africa: Scientists Explore HIV Vaccine (SAPA)
- Africa: Mobile Mast Vaccine Storage Project Wins Global Prize (SciDev.Net)
- Kenya: Kenyan Startup Ventures Into Wearable Technology (CIO)
- Kenya: Matiang'i - Kenya Government to Work With Start-U.S to Boost Innovation (CIO)
- Africa: Anzisha Prize Partners With Youth NGOs to Find Africa's Best Young Entrepreneurs (Anzisha Prize)
- Africa: How Scientists Can Maximise the Impact of Their Research (SciDev.Net)
- Africa: Africa's Firms Revealed As Innovative but Unsupported (SciDev.Net)
- South Africa: SKA 'Will Be an Astronomy Game-Changer' (SA Info)
- Africa: Guidelines Show How to Integrate Science in Development (SciDev.Net)
- Kenya: Kenyans to Feature in Sh2 Million Google Innovation Finals (The Star)
- Africa: Innovation, Technology and the 21st Century Global Economy (IMF)
- Africa: USAID Supports Launch of New Forest Watch Tool (USAID)
- Uganda: Uganda's Fenix International Among Recipients of MECS Innovation Grant Fund (CIO)
- Angola: Preview of Inventors' Fair Scheduled for April (ANGOP)
- Kenya: ICT Firms to Showcase Latest Innovations At Digital Fair (CIO)
- Africa: Young Scientists Neglected in Developing World (SciDev.Net)
- Angola: Vice President Urges Universities to Encourage Research, Innovation and Identify Talent (ANGOP)
- Africa: Nigeria to Host High Level Policy Dialogue On Science, Technology & Innovation and the African Transformation Agenda (ECA)
- Africa: Revolutionary Vaccine Breaks Refrigeration Barrier in Africa (VOA)
- AfDB Ethiopia Office Promotes the Institution's Gender Strategy At International Women's Day Celebration
- AfDB and Mo Ibrahim Foundation Support Sierra Leone in Fighting Bribery
- AfDB Helps Gabon Officials Learn From Korean Management Culture
- The AfDB's Responsiveness At Work in Morocco Through the Independent Review Mechanism
- AfDB, Mo Ibrahim Foundation and Sierra Leone hold High Level Governance Dialogue
- Transforming Africa's Procurement Landscape, Transforming Africa
- 0.875% US$ 1.0 Billion Benchmark due 15 May 2017
- AfDB Issues Its First Us Dollar Global Benchmark for 2014
- AfDB Board approves Country Strategy Papers for Tunisia and Namibia
- "Gender Is Not an Annex of Our Work", Says AfDB President Donald Kaberuka
- 700 Decision-Makers to Attend Africa CEO Forum 2014
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