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According to an article published on theguardian.com, Western countries are using aid to Africa as a smokescreen to hide the "sustained looting" of the continent as it loses nearly $60bn a year through tax evasion, climate change mitigation, and the flight of profits earned by foreign multinational companies, a group of NGOs has claimed.

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According to an article published on the Guardian, when Jeremiah Heaton’s seven-year-old daughter Emily turned to him one night last winter and asked him if she would ever be a real princess, he was faced with a dilemma.

“I didn’t want to break her spirits, so I said ‘yes, absolutely,’ he told the Guardian by phone from his home in Abingdon, Virginia, this week. “At that point I had no idea how to make it happen, but I couldn’t let her down. She had such a serious tone. I knew it meant a lot to her.”

Tagged in: Africa science
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According to an article published in ‘NUANCE: Newsletter of the UbuntuNet Alliance: Networks, Collaboration, Education’, having a well-trained technical team is paramount to operating and maintaining the high speed UbuntuNet Network. So far, the Alliance has trained about 40 network engineers from almost all NREN Members in Eastern and Southern Africa. The trainings are a result of a multi-partner capacity building programme and the focus has primarily been on advanced routing and campus network design and management.

The goal of UbuntuNet Alliance capacity building program is to ensure that there is enough human resource capacity in Member NRENs to be able to plan, implement and operate advanced data networks. Also the Alliance would like to ensure that NREN networks are properly designed and configured in time for connection to the regional UbuntuNet backbone being built under the AfricaConnect project; and to provide technical support to the Alliance in the running of UbuntuNet.

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The AFRICA BUILD Portal Video

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The AFRICA BUILD Portal is an open, free professional social network for supporting collaborative links and access to a broad variety of informatics tools for health training and research in Africa. You can use it to follow and share courses remotely, find a job or a grant, use our tools to keep up to date with the latest news in your research topics, make colleagues and professional connections, etc. Create an account in the AFRICA BUILD Portal and discover our community!

For more information visit: The AFRICA BUILD Portal

Click here to see the video

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October 29, 2014

The eI4Africa and iMENTORS EU-funded projects are very pleased to invite you to their joint conference on “e-Infrastructures for Africa: Gateways to the Future”. Organised under the aegis of the European Commission (DG CONNECT) the conference will be held on October 29, 2014 in Brussels at the Hotel Bloom.

 

This major conference in the field will bring together policy and research stakeholders from both Europe and Africa, to discuss the status and perspectives of e-Infrastructures in Africa and to present the eI4Africa and iMENTORS main project outputs.

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The eI4Africa project is very pleased to introduce its main project outcomes to date. They are significant and well acknowledged by the Africa-EU ICT/e-Infra community:

  • SURVEY / Launch of an on-going e-Infrastructures in Africa state-of-the-art survey to collect data on established and emerging e-Infrastructure applications in Africa. The results revealed some extremely interesting findings, including 43 potential e-Infrastructure applications, with respect to the current state of e-Infrastructure uptake in Africa, and brought to the fore some important avenues that could be further explored.
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CONNECT is the magazine from the GÉANT community. The aim is to provide a regular update on the project and its vital work in supporting European research, as well as giving an insight into the users who depend on the network, and the community that makes GÉANT what it is.

The May issue of CONNECT, the magazine dedicated to research and education networking is out now!

You can view it view booklet style or you can download the PDF here. Printed copies are also available from  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

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iMENTORS has partnered up with FTTH Council Africa. They agreed to work together to support cooperation in research, high speed fibre connectivity, infrastructure and Africa.

iMENTORS and FTTH Council Africa will collaborate regarding dissemination (sharing of information, events, social media, etc). For example, FTTH Council Africa has included an article about iMENTORS in their newsletter and also published the partnership in their annual report.

Moreover, iMENTORS and FTTH Council Africa will maintain an informal consultation channel to discuss best practise frameworks that is in the best interest of all stakeholders.

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Louis Papaemmanuel, Project Director of iMENTORS, SU, presented iMENTORS at the IST-Africa Conference (06 - 09 May, Mauritius) during Session 8d: eInfrastructures (08 May). IST-Africa 2014 focused on the Role of ICT for Africa's Development and specifically on Applied ICT research in the areas of eHealth, Technology Enhanced Learning and ICT Skills, Digital Libraries, Open Source Software, eInfrastructures, Societal Implications of Technology and eGovernment.

iMENTORS (www.imentors.eu) is an interactive resource, the first of its kind, to contain  information about all known e-infrastructures in Africa in the past five years. Launched for public use and input in July 2013 iMENTORS provides you with the necessary tool to visualise e-infrastructures and all related projects in Africa.

Louis Papaemmanuel explained how using iMENTORS and open aid data enhances the coherence of international aid. Data acquisition and validation will continue to progress until the end of the project. By the end of the project the interactive system will contain at least 80% of all e-infrastructure available in Africa. 

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According to a post  on Youthink! World Bank blog, some preconceptions are universal. Whether  in Europe, South America, East or South Asia, in urban or rural areas, pretty much everywhere I have been I have heard young people explain why they dislike politics, either because it is boring or because they believe all politicians are corrupt. Did they – did you? – ever wonder what the world would be like if there were no policies, and no policymakers? Think about it.

Making policies is not just about sitting at a desk, writing reports and chatting with bureaucrats. It’s also about trying to make tangible positive changes for all.

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According to an article published on the IFC site, when IFC first invested in Kenya’s Gulf African Bank in 2013, Islamic finance was a growing phenomenon in Sub-Saharan Africa. Gulf African Bank was among only a handful of financial institutions in East Africa to offer sharia-compliant financial products. IFC supported Gulf African Bank’s new model by providing $5 million equity and a $3 million trade finance line.

 

A year later, Islamic financial institutions have gained a firmer foothold on the continent.  Nigeria, now Africa’s largest economy, and Sudan, have joined the $ 100 billion annual market for sukuk, or Islamic bonds; while Senegal and South Africa are set to follow soon.

 

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IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, on May 7 announced an investment of $172.5 million in FirstRand Bank Limited. The transaction represents the first cross-border investment in Basel III Tier 2 instruments in South Africa, and one of the first globally in emerging markets.  The debt will be provided by IFC Capitalization Fund, which is managed by the IFC Asset Management Company.



Andries du Toit, FirstRand group treasurer said, “This significant financing from IFC Capitalization Fund is expected to provide support to our strategy to grow lending to small and medium sized entities (SMEs) in South Africa and the rest of Africa.”

 
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On VENTURES AFRICA, a Kenyan financier talks about opportunity and investment in the business of education.

The first thing a visitor to the Fanisi Capital boardroom notices when he walks in is a big black television and, below the television, a picture. It is an interesting one to look at: the people in it – students and teachers, presumably – are of every race, skin and hair colour, all smiling. The lawn in the foreground is lush and well manicured. Palm trees rise above the smiling faces, flanking seven thatched roof peaks. It could be a picture of a “Young United Nations” conference on a tropical island. The only thing that shows it is not the UN is a school crest. Hillcrest Investments Limited (HIL) currently owns the school in the photo, as well as its sister schools on the same campus.

 

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According to an article published on VENTURES AFRICA, the US-based TIME Magazine’s most recent publication, The 100 Most Influential People, which profiles global shakers, draws a collection of iconic names. From controversial entertainer Miley Cyrus, who has received a rave of criticism for her recent over-expression of sexuality, to political juggernauts like North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un, whose every breath is keenly watched by global leaders, the names on the list draw from all facets.

But what does the list – which reserved 8 slots for 10 Africans – mean for the African continent?

Image courtesy of Salvatore Vuono / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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Louis Papaemmanuel, Project Director of iMENTORS, SU, will present iMENTORS at the IST-Africa Conference during Session 8d: eInfrastructures (Thursday, May 08, 2014). He will explain how using iMENTORS and open aid data enhances the coherence of international aid. IST-Africa 2014 is taking place in Mauritius (06 - 09 May) and is the ninth in an annual series of Ministerial Level Technology Research Conferences.

 

iMENTORS (www.imentors.eu) is an interactive resource, the first of its kind, to contain  information about all known e-infrastructures in Africa in the past five years. Launched for public use and input in July 2013 iMENTORS provides you with the necessary tool to visualise e-infrastructures and all related projects in Africa.

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Africa as a region and as individual countries, is slowly making a steady progress towards establishing national and Regional Research and Educational Networks (RRENs). Although still in its infancy compared to other world regions such as Europe where each country has an active National Research and Educational Networks (NRENs) with established regional networks such as TERENA, iMENTORS database provides evidence for tremendous progress over the past few years.

 

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According to an article published on VENTURES AFRICA, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the charity organisation of billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg, has announced a $5 million investment in Little Sun, an artsy-looking solar-powered lamp designed to provide clean and affordable energy to off-grid populations in Africa who depend mainly on kerosene lamps.

 

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The investment which will be provided through a low-interest loan from the foundation marks its first support to a social business. It will help Little Sun expand its production and distribution networks in targeted markets.

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According to an article published on Ventures Africa , as a new generation of wealthy businesspeople make different choices, turning their backs on the one-off donations of the past, so the face of African philanthropy is shifting.

Rising from the depths of the global financial crisis, Africa’s richest are faring well. Among them is a breed of “billionaire philanthropist” – men and women who want to give back to their communities like never before. Philanthropy is alive and well on the continent, with those who made fortunes through their own business pursuits donating millions of dollars to disaster relief, education and young entrepreneurs. Africa’s new super-rich are going beyond just shelling out money for causes: their philanthropic pursuits are aiming to change the way Africans live.

 

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Africa’s Tech Edge

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How the continent's many obstacles, from widespread poverty to failed states, allowed African entrepreneurs to beat the West at reinventing money for the mobile age. 

According to an article published on The Atlantic, it's a painfully First World problem: Splitting dinner with friends, we do the dance of the seven credit cards. No one, it seems, carries cash anymore, so we blunder through the inconvenience that comes with our dependence on plastic. Just as often, I encounter a street vendor or taxi driver who can’t handle my proffered card and am left shaking out my pockets and purse.

When I returned to the United States after living in Nairobi on and off for two years, these antiquated payment ordeals were especially frustrating. As I never tire of explaining to friends, in Kenya I could pay for nearly everything with a few taps on my cellphone.

Tagged in: Africa Technology
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According to an article published on ei4africa.eu, e-Infrastructures enable the integration of software, data, high performance computing and other resources that researchers might need into a single convenient Science Gateway (for example the African Science Gateway). Other resources include remote sensors that can gather real-time data in a variety of settings.  It is entirely possible that a remote sensor could be mounted on a robot which could be remotely controlled to investigate and explore its environment.

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