June 2011 Blog Posts (11)

Clean Energy Development: Opportunity for Local Spinoffs in Africa

How to increase local content and create additional jobs in clean energy projects in Africa

Tanja Faller, an energy economist at the African Development Bank (AfDB) described the opportunity offered to Africa by developing a clean energy industry during a session on ‘Leap into Green Growth: Promoting Clean Technology Manufacturing” at the Climate Investment Funds Partnership Forum, from 24 to 25 June in Cape Town, South…


Added by Linda Larbie on June 29, 2011 at 5:27pm — No Comments

African Efforts on Climate Action Get Boost

African efforts on climate action received a welcome boost today with approval of a ground-breaking renewable energy project in Morocco that should be a game-changer for solar power at large-scale.


The 125 megawatt concentrated solar power plant at Ouarzazate is the first project in a regional plan that will eventually triple today’s global investments in concentrated solar power. The regional plan is funded to the tune of $200 million in Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and…


Added by Linda Larbie on June 27, 2011 at 6:14pm — No Comments

Vodacom to build one of Africa's Greenest Buildings to house renewable energy innovation team

Work is underway on building one of Africa's greenest buildings as Vodacom and its parent company Vodafone, plan an alternative energy innovation centre to help reduce carbon emissions across the world. 

Once completed, the Midrand based innovation centre will house a team of experts tasked with developing energy efficient technology to counter some of South Africa's, and the planet's greatest environmental challenges.

In emerging markets, diesel generators are often used to…


Added by Linda Larbie on June 23, 2011 at 2:02pm — No Comments

Kenya Ceramic Energy Saving Stoves

Cookswell energy saving charcoal ovens.



Added by teddy kinyanjui on June 14, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments

Norway increases support to Côte d’Ivoire to NOK 100 million

Norway will provide an additional NOK 30 million to Côte d’Ivoire. The money will be used for reconstruction and reconciliation efforts. The aim is to help to stabilise the situation in the country.


Minister of the Environment and International Development Erik Solheim visited Côte d’Ivoire this week to help to consolidate the peace that has been achieved and to support the ongoing reconciliation efforts. His programme included a visit to Duékoué in the western part of the…


Added by Linda Larbie on June 7, 2011 at 7:48pm — No Comments

AfDB President Says all Africans Should Share in Benefits of Economic Growth

The dichotomy between statistics on Africa´s economic growth and realities on the ground has emerged as a key talking point in discussions ahead of the 2011 Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, whose central theme is: “Toward an Agenda for Inclusive Growth in Africa”.


“Africans are no longer interested in impressive statistics that do not reflect realities on the ground,” AfDB President, Donald Kaberuka,  said at a breakfast meeting with media…


Added by Linda Larbie on June 7, 2011 at 7:44pm — No Comments

Green Growth: the Future for Africa

With the pressing issue of greenhouse gas emissions and global warming, developing a green economy is the best development option for Africa, said panelists at a seminar of the 2011 Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB).

The seminar, held on 7 June 2011, and entitled Green Growth: an African Perspective, focused on two subjects: green growth and the Inga project.

Transiting to a green economy

The inevitability of a compromise between…


Added by Linda Larbie on June 7, 2011 at 7:43pm — No Comments

IFC-World Bank Report Calls for Government and Private Sector Partnership to Expand Africa’s Health Services

A new IFC-World Bank report released today finds that if governments actively engage with the private sector in health, the pace of meeting health goals in Sub-Saharan Africa could be accelerated.  By leveraging the “power of two,” referring to the public and private sectors, health services can be expanded and the financial burden on governments eased.


This innovative report, entitled Healthy Partnerships: How Governments Can Engage the Private Sector to Improve Health in…


Added by Linda Larbie on June 7, 2011 at 7:34pm — No Comments

World Bank provides US$120million for investments in Malawi’s Water Sector

An additional 1.2 million Malawians are set to have improved access to sustainable water supply and sanitation services by 2015, courtesy of US$120million financial support from the World Bank. This will increase the number of Malawians benefiting from new or improved water supply and sanitation services through the National Water Development Program from one million in 2010 to 2.2 million in 2015.


The funds approved by the World Bank Board today, consist of a $95 million…


Added by Linda Larbie on June 7, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Cost of Household Cooking Fuels

Energy and fuel use are important for the welfare of households in Africa. Modern fuels play a relatively modest role in rural areas of much low income countries. The prospect for modern fuels to combat indoor air pollution is therefore significantly better in urban than in rural areas. We should note also that fuel and electricity pricing is politically sensitive and important for poverty.

In the poorest countries, biomass and kerosene often feature heavily. In Ghana, kerosene…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on June 6, 2011 at 1:12pm — No Comments

Frankenstein you create will ‘haunt you sooner or later’

Frankenstein you create will ‘haunt you sooner or later’

By Chidi Emmanuel

From Vietnam to Afghanistan, as years go by, the West still doesn’t get it: ‘The Frankenstein you created will come back to haunt you sooner or later.’ The Mujahedeen and Taleban were armed in Afghanistan to fight off the Soviet forces in earlier wars, but have since turned those arms and expertise against those who armed them (US). In Vietnam it was a similar story.

UN Resolution 1973 only… Continue

Added by chidi emmanuel ekeh on June 3, 2011 at 6:25pm — 1 Comment

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