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Conversation with Marieme Esther Dassanou, Coordinator of the African Development Bank’s Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa programme

Conversation with Marieme Esther Dassanou, Coordinator of the African Development Bank’s Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa programme

AFRICA
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, July 30, 2020/ -- Marieme Esther Dassanou is the Coordinator of Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) the African Development Bank’s (https://www.AfDB.org/) flagship pan-African initiative, which aims to bridge the $42 billion financing gap facing women entrepreneurs in Africa. She previously led IFC’s Gender Secretariat's work on advancing women's inclusion in the insurance and financial sectors.In this interview, she outlines progress made with the AFAWA initiative and its future plans. Marieme Esther Dassanou, the Coordinator of Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) the African Development Bank’s flagship pan-African initiative You recently joined the African Development Bank as AFAWA coordinator. Can you tell us more abo...
Have you given your day/week a goal?

Have you given your day/week a goal?

INTERNATIONAL
Life goals are a purpose or main objective – the reason you do all that day-to-day stuff. ... Smart goals turn life goals into crystal clear pictures that keep you on the right track and provide purpose and meaning, and a sense of fulfillment. Julie Sylvia Kalungi, a Social Media Strategist, notes that, YOU are your best friend, the person you talk to the Most Daily. Julie Sylvia Kalungi, a Social Media Strategist So why not do it intentionally, as opposed to letting millions of thoughts fly through your mind, and you grab the ones least likely to help your mission?Sylvia talks about giving your day a Goal, inside a masterclass in detail.She says that as a work at home mom, she must do this or run down rabbit holes and waste her day. So this is how she does it:👉 Every weekend she...
Kabakoo Academies, pioneering education 4.0 across Africa

Kabakoo Academies, pioneering education 4.0 across Africa

AFRICA
PARIS, France, July 24, 2020/ -- Created to empower young Africans with vocational training for the fourth Industrial Revolution, Kabakoo Academies (www.Kabakoo.Africa) managed in less than 2 years to establish itself as one of the most innovative learning places in the world, racking up recognitions from the African Union to the World Economic Forum. With a proven impact and valuable projects of local relevance, Kabakoo is now working towards scalability and replication across Africa.In January 2020, Kabakoo Academies was the youngest of the 16 educational institutions worldwide selected by the World Economic Forum as “School of the Future”. Labeled as a global pioneer for education 4.0 and new models of education for the Fourth industrial revolution. We have also been endorsed as one of...
New Kaspersky Threat Attribution Engine connects new attacks to APT groups in seconds

New Kaspersky Threat Attribution Engine connects new attacks to APT groups in seconds

AFRICA
LAGOS, Nigeria, July 22, 2020/ -- Kaspersky (www.Kaspersky.co.za) has released its new threat intelligence solution aimed at helping SOC analysts and incident responders attribute malware samples to previously revealed APT groups. Using its proprietary method, Kaspersky Threat Attribution Engine matches a discovered malicious code against one of the biggest databases of malware in the industry, and, based on the code similarities, links it to a specific APT group or campaign. This information helps security experts prioritise high-risk threats over less serious incidents. By knowing who is attacking their company, and for what purpose, security teams can quickly come up with the most tailored incident response plan for the attack. However, unveiling the actor who is behind an attack is...
Coronavirus – The Africa Young Feminist Blog “Sauti صوتي” winners

Coronavirus – The Africa Young Feminist Blog “Sauti صوتي” winners

AFRICA
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, July 22, 2020/ -- Africa’s creative young women and girls are awarded for their art and impact amid COVID-19. The African Union through the Office of the AU Youth Envoy in collaboration with the Women, Gender and Development Directorate created AfricaYoungFeministblog “Sautiصوتي”, a first of its kind in the AU, as a platform to amplify young African women voices, feature their initiatives to address COVID-19 pandemic as well as empower and support young African women creative by showcasing their artworks and reinforce the linguistic diversity of Africa. This project is in line with Agenda 2063 Aspiration 6 which calls for an Africa, whose development is people-driven, relying on the potential of African people, especially its women and youth as well as Office of ...
Nyimpini Mabunda Appointed CEO for General Electric in Southern Africa

Nyimpini Mabunda Appointed CEO for General Electric in Southern Africa

AFRICA
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, July 21, 2020/ -- Nyimpini will lead GE’s (www.GE.com) growth in the region and drive alignment across its Power, Healthcare, Aviation and Renewable Energy businesses; An accomplished business leaderwith a career spanning 23 years. General Electric (GE) has announced the appointment of Nyimpini Mabunda as the Chief Executive Officer for Southern Africa. In this role, Nyimpini will lead GE’s growth in the region and drive alignment across its Power, Healthcare, Aviation and Renewable Energy businesses. He will also drive GE’s BBBEE roadmap and processes in South Africa. With a career spanning 23 years, Nyimpini is an accomplished business leader with a track record of consistent performance and business transformation across FMCG, Telecoms and Financial Se...
Graça Machel and Melinda Gates Call for Action for Women & Girls on Africa.com

Graça Machel and Melinda Gates Call for Action for Women & Girls on Africa.com

AFRICA
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, July 16, 2020/ -- On Thursday, July 16, 2020 from 18:30 - 19:00 South Africa time (SAST), Graça Machel and Melinda Gates will deliver a powerful call to action for public and private sector leaders to address gender equality as Africa undertakes its reconstruction efforts from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  The webinar will take place on Africa.com, and the conversation will be moderated by Africa.com CEO, Teresa Clarke.  Free registration is available at virtualconferenceafrica.com. COVID 19 has unearthed massive inequalities within our societies and brought to glaring light the unique burdens which women carry the world over. Graça Machel, Founder of the Graça Machel Trust and the Foundation for Community Development and one of the world’s leading advo...
Factors impacting the Development of Infrastructure in Africa (By Tonny Tugee, MD at SEACOM East Africa)

Factors impacting the Development of Infrastructure in Africa (By Tonny Tugee, MD at SEACOM East Africa)

AFRICA
NAIROBI, Kenya, July 16, 2020/ -- By Tonny Tugee Without a doubt, Africa is one of the world’s fastest-growing economic hubs. Crucial to this rate of development is the ability to meet the demand for key infrastructure. At the end of last year, a World Bank economic update reported that Kenya has seen its Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector grow at an average of 10.8% annually since 2016 (https://bit.ly/2WnfthI), becoming a significant source of economic development and job creation with spillover effects in almost every sector of the economy. While this is hugely encouraging news for Kenyans, it also raises questions about the factors which might impact the ongoing positive trajectory of infrastructure development, both in Kenya and the rest of the cont...
Mandela Mile Asks World To Step Up! With Virtual Party Honoring Nelson Mandela #forKofi

Mandela Mile Asks World To Step Up! With Virtual Party Honoring Nelson Mandela #forKofi

AFRICA
ACCRA, Ghana, July 16, 2020/ -- Mandela Mile (https://MandelaMile.global/), the annual commemoration and global leadership challenge, will cap off international Mandela Day festivities with an online party on Sunday, 19 July 2020 from Midnight until 2:00 AM in Johannesburg, South Africa (GMT +2). Recognizing the constraints imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, the “Step Up! After Party” brings emerging leaders representing 21 countries together with activists, musicians, and influencers to celebrate the life of two great African leaders featuring an all-star Afro Nation (https://AfroNation.com/) artist lineup.Mandela Mile Founder Shanthi Annan wished to honour and unite those thinking globally while acting locally during this time of unease and uncertainty. “Today’s generation is taking p...
Don’t push them: Unbidden push notifications plague is detected on 100,000 devices in a month in Africa

Don’t push them: Unbidden push notifications plague is detected on 100,000 devices in a month in Africa

AFRICA
LAGOS, Nigeria, July 16, 2020/ -- Kaspersky (www.Kaspersky.co.za.) analysis of threats prevented in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Namibia, Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Egypt in May 2020 has demonstrated that in just a month 100,414 users in these countries were subjected to the unwanted push notification appearance. All in all, such notifications were prevented from appearing 727,162 times during May.Unwanted notifications can not be classified as malware and are technically described as potentially unwanted objects. While originally they were meant as a tool for rapid information of users on breaking news, today they can be exploited to target shell websites visitors, filling their devices with unsolicited ads and sometimes links to potentially dangerous websites. To achieve that, users are hoa...
African Union Youth Volunteers Corps (AU-YVC) Turns 10!

African Union Youth Volunteers Corps (AU-YVC) Turns 10!

AFRICA
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, July 15, 2020/ -- The African Union Youth Volunteers Corps (AU-YVC) celebrates 10 years of existence. The program is a flagship of the African Union which recruits, trains and deploys young African professionals to serve as professional volunteers for a period of 12 months across the continent. The AU-YVC program will soon be looking to recruit the 11th Cohort. The vacancy announcement will be posted on the AUC careers portal: www.au.careers.org.The AU-YVC program continues to promote volunteerism to deepen the status of young people in Africa as key actors in Africa’s development targets and goals. It enhances youth participation in policy development as well as brings to life relevant interventions towards achieving the Chairperson of the African Union Commission ...
Digital Consumer Trends that Will Continue to Dominate Daily Life in Africa

Digital Consumer Trends that Will Continue to Dominate Daily Life in Africa

AFRICA
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, July 5, 2020 -- Africa.com kicks off another five sessions of its successful webinar series in partnership with faculty from Harvard Business School, Crisis Management for African Business Leaders - the largest ever gathering of c-suite executives in Africa. The series kicks off on Wednesday, July 8 at 16:00 South Africa time. The first in this next series of five webinars, Digital Consumer Trends that Will Continue to Dominate Daily Life in Africa, explores the many ways in which African consumers have shifted towards digital products and services over the last three months. The discussion will explore how Africans are shifting towards delivery takeaways with UberEats, how telemedicine has taken a huge leap forward, how distance learning is gaining ground, ...
Our journey to electrify the continent: Five years of the New Deal on Energy for Africa (By Dr. Kevin Kariuki)

Our journey to electrify the continent: Five years of the New Deal on Energy for Africa (By Dr. Kevin Kariuki)

AFRICA
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, July 2, 2020/ -- By Dr. Kevin Kariuki Five years into the African Development Bank’s (https://www.AfDB.org/) ambitious New Deal on Energy for Africa (NDEA), the Bank’s investments are set to provide electricity access to around 13 million people and deliver about 55,000 km of distribution lines, and 6,700 km of transmission lines, of which 3,200 km are for regional interconnections. The NDEA called for a substantial increase in investments to realize the Bank’s High 5 priority to “Light Up and Power Africa,” which aims to mobilize finance and expertise to expand access to reliable, sustainable energy for more than 200 million Africans through investments in power generation, inter-connections, transmission and distribution. This effort is critical to unlocking ...
Building resiliency in times of uncertainty (By George Ferreira)

Building resiliency in times of uncertainty (By George Ferreira)

AFRICA
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, July 1, 2020/ -- By George Ferreira, Senior Sales Director: Applications at Oracle South Africa and SADC The recent months have likely been the biggest challenge for all organisations across the continent. With almost no warning, millions of businesses – indiscriminate of size or stature – suddenly went from operating as usual to facing enormous challenges under the weight of uncertainty. Companies in the region have had to find new ways of working, while establishing new pathways to productivity. Business resilience remains one of the most important and relevant ways for organisations to bypass legacy challenges and to explore new opportunities. Organisations that are paying attention to how digital can reshape their systems are not just readying themsel...
NILE SPECIAL BEER RECOGNISED AS BRAND OF THE YEAR

NILE SPECIAL BEER RECOGNISED AS BRAND OF THE YEAR

AFRICA
Kampala, Uganda, 30th June 2020: Nile Special, was recognized as the most admired brandin Uganda. The second instalment of Uganda’s Best Brands, was announced 0n 25th June 2020 in a virtual event hosted by Publics Africa Communications in partnership with Brand Africa, are based on the 2020 Brand Africa 100: Africa’s Best Brands research and ranking of brandsacross Africa. The global results were released on Africa Day, 25th May 2020. The second instalment of Uganda’s Best Brands, was announced on Friday 26th June, 2020 in a virtual event hosted by Brand Africa in partnership with Publics Africa Communications and the Public Relations Association of Uganda (PRAU), the leading Uganda brands were recognised at a reception hosted at Hilton Garden Inn Kampala and attended by a few represen...
Virtual Consultative Workshop on the Strategy for the Mainstreaming and the inclusion of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG) in the School Curricula

Virtual Consultative Workshop on the Strategy for the Mainstreaming and the inclusion of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG) in the School Curricula

AFRICA
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, June 28, 2020 --- As part of its mandate to implement the African Union's vision of respect of rule of law on the continent, the Constitutionalism and Rule of Law Unit of the Department of Political Affairs of the African Union Commission is holding a “Virtual Consultative Workshop on the Strategy for the Mainstreaming and the Inclusion of the ACDEG in the School Curricula and the launching of the pilot project” on Monday, June 29, 2020 from 15:00 to 18:00 (EAT). The Virtual Consultative Workshop, jointly organised by the AUC Departments of Politic al Affairs (DPA) and the Human Resources, Sciences and Technology (HRST), falls within the framework of ongoing efforts towards the implementation of the decision of the Specialised Technical Committee on Education, Sc...
African Economic and Social Awakening: Lessons from Singapore (By Leoncio Amada NZE NLANG)

African Economic and Social Awakening: Lessons from Singapore (By Leoncio Amada NZE NLANG)

AFRICA
MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, June 26, 2020/ -- By Leoncio Amada NZE NLANG, Executive President of the African Energy Chamber for the CEMAC RegionWith 1.2 billion people and the youngest population on the planet, the African continent has great potential and much room for improvement to become one of the most vibrant economic centers globally. To achieve this, the continent will have to undertake deep and painful but necessary structural reforms in its socio-economic architecture, if we are ever to get on board train that leads to progress and sustainable development. In this regard, the development model of Singapore offers several lessons.Singapore is a relatively young country, like many in Africa, but is now globally considered as an example to follow in terms of sustainable economic dev...
“Times of Unprecedented Crisis present Unique Opportunities for Unprecedented Action” (By Graça Machel, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Dr. Vera Songwe, Maria Ramos)

“Times of Unprecedented Crisis present Unique Opportunities for Unprecedented Action” (By Graça Machel, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Dr. Vera Songwe, Maria Ramos)

AFRICA
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, June 18, 2020/ -- By Graça Machel, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Dr. Vera Songwe, Maria Ramos COVID 19 has unearthed massive inequalities within our societies and brought to glaring light the unique burdens which women carry the world over. Allocation of response resources should be targeted towards the immediate needs of managing the virus as well as future-looking to simultaneously dismantle the structural, systemic barriers which reinforce inequality and disenfranchisement. We have been presented the opportunity to reimagine and redesign our society into a vibrant and equitable one. We must place women and women’s leadership at the core of the response and beyond. COVID-19 has caused massive shocks to both the informal and formal economies in Africa. World ...
Million mark in the sights as fundraiser moves up a gear

Million mark in the sights as fundraiser moves up a gear

Sports
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, June 18, 2020/ -- The million rand mark is moving ever closer for the Springboks in their #StrongerTogether for R32-12 campaign, which raises money for struggling communities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. SA Rugby’s hunger alleviation campaign (https://bit.ly/3hwuMNZ) was launched just under a month ago and to date approximately R825,000 has been raised for charity organisations Food Forward SA and Gift of the Givers. WATCH THE CAMPAIGN LAUNCH VIDEO HERE (https://bit.ly/3e9VSIO) Every member of the 2019 Springbok Rugby World Cup squad, as well as the coaches, has donated a unique prize which can be won by buying raffle tickets for only R32-12, which pays homage to the Boks’ winning score in the final last November in Japan. There...
Building winning connections for Start-ups in Francophone Africa

Building winning connections for Start-ups in Francophone Africa

AFRICA
BAMAKO, Mali, June 18, 2020/ -- Suguba (www.Suguba.org) - in partnership Mercy Corps and the French Development Agency (AFD) and Mercy Corps - is organizing their second 6-month investment readiness program in West Africa to support the 8 most promising startups in the digital sector in Francophone West Africa. L’Afrique Excelle, the francophone adaptation of the World Bank’s XL Africa (www.XL-Africa.com) tech accelerator, was Suguba’s first acceleration program. The programme which took in 2018/2919 aimed to connect francophone startups across the continent with mentors and investors. Afrique Excelle had enabled 18 of the top 20 startups in French-speaking Sub-Saharan Africa to raise funds for a total amount of approximately 10 million dollars, making it a total success. ...