Linda Larbie's Blog (61)

African Union Commissioner Urges Continent To Implement PIDA At International Forum Of The Africa-Eu Energy Partnership

The African Union Commission has called for the implementation of energy related projects, in particular those related to the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA). This is because PIDA, through its institutional architecture, will develop efficient, reliable, cost-effective and environmentally friendly infrastructure for the physical integration of the continent, and enhance access to modern energy services for the majority of the African population. The programme will…


Added by Linda Larbie on May 10, 2012 at 3:43pm — No Comments

OFID-funded programme cycle will target Least Developed Countries

REEEP has announced a new programme cycle which is made possible by the support of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).  This targeted initiative could fund up to three high-quality projects that improve energy access for the poor in one or more of the OFID priority countries that cover all Least Developed Countries (LDCs). 

The OFID-REEEP funding cycle seeks innovative clean energy solutions that widen energy access and alleviate…


Added by Linda Larbie on October 14, 2011 at 5:44pm — No Comments

New Fund to Protect African Elephants Launched at UN-Backed Forum

A UN-backed meeting of global conservation experts has concluded in Geneva with important decisions to protect a number of endangered species, including the launch of a trust fund to ensure the long-term survival of the African elephant population.

Several countries have already contributed to the multi-donor technical trust for the implementation of an African Elephant Action Plan, and more were encouraged to do so by the participants of the meeting of the Standing Committee of the…


Added by Linda Larbie on August 22, 2011 at 8:22pm — No Comments

Nairobi Students Selected as Environmental Envoys for Kenya

Two Nairobi students have been selected as Young Environmental Envoys for Kenya by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Bayer, a global innovator enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials.

Michael Sam Muli, 18, from Nairobi and Ruth Cherono Sego, 23, from Eldoret, will travel to Germany in October to join other envoys from 18 countries for a…


Added by Linda Larbie on August 11, 2011 at 6:03pm — No Comments

Understanding South Africa's changing Energy Landscape

As South Africa struggles with the policy challenges of meeting the ever-growing demand by business and consumers for energy to fuel development and economic growth, households are faced with the increasing cost of electricity and other forms of energy, as well as the ongoing possibility of disruptive load shedding.


The global climate change agenda also has a significant role to play in this dilemma, and many consumers are concerned about “greening” the energy supply of their…


Added by Linda Larbie on August 1, 2011 at 6:45pm — No Comments

Approved by the World Energy Council-African Energy Indaba signs official agreement with WEC & SANEA

The Africa Energy Indaba has officially partnered with the South African National Energy Association (SANEA) and the World Energy Council (WEC). Chairman of SANEA and the Conference Chairman of the African Energy Indaba, Brian Statham, Secretary General of the World Energy Council , Dr Christophe Frei and CEO and owner of the African Energy Indaba , Liz Hart, formalised this highly anticipated partnership on 6 June 2011.


The WEC is the foremost multi-energy organisation in…


Added by Linda Larbie on July 26, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

AfDB and WWF Team up to Protect African Environment

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and global conservation group WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) have come together to work closely on green economy and development issues in Africa. Both organisations signed a cooperative agreement to this effect in Geneva on 20 July. The heads of the two organisations agreed to highlight the growing links between environmental protection and sustainable development and the need to work on such issues as climate adaptation and mitigation, biodiversity,…


Added by Linda Larbie on July 20, 2011 at 7:26pm — No Comments

Hydropower Africa: Go Small or Go Home

Small hydropower projects have proven to be major contributors to the electrification of developing countries and Sub Saharan Africa’s small hydro potential still remains largely untapped, says Nicolaas Loretz, project director of Hydropower Africa that is taking place from 19-23 September in Johannesburg. During what is Africa’s largest hydropower event, delegates will have the unique opportunity to visit some of Africa's top hydropower projects, including DRC’s Inga, Zambia’s Kafue Gorge…


Added by Linda Larbie on July 8, 2011 at 6:34pm — No Comments

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

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

Trees & Landscape Restoration Can Help Deliver a ‘Triple Win’.

Against a backdrop of volatile food prices and increasing climate variability, more and more people are paying attention to the relationship between a healthy environment and resilient farmland. From policy makers to private investors, from researchers to smallholder farmers, many are looking for better ways to increase food security in a changing climate.


Organizers of a three-day Investment Forum in Nairobi on May 25-27, 2011 are hoping these groups will focus their eyes on…


Added by Linda Larbie on May 24, 2011 at 3:14pm — No Comments

The African Development Bank Strengthens Biodiversity Preservation

Conservation experts from the African Development Bank, development agencies, civil society, and regional governments met in Tunis, Tunisia on May 17-18, 2011 to identify and share trends and experiences to strengthen biodiversity conservation in Africa.

The AfDB convened the meeting in recognition that achieving international goals to conserve biodiversity requires working in partnership. As Amadou Bamba Diop, AfDB Conservation Biologist said: “You cannot manage…


Added by Linda Larbie on May 23, 2011 at 2:43pm — No Comments

Denel aims at Africa

Denel is now targeting Africa for growth, according to CEO Talib Sadik who hosted defence attaches from Africa in Pretoria today.


The South African arms manufacturer has systems and equipment "thoroughly tested for the African market and highly suitable for the geographic and climatic conditions on the continent," Sadik says.


Denel has sold equipment to 32 African countries and is exploring opportunities to grow its presence and expand the range of products…


Added by Linda Larbie on May 16, 2011 at 5:21pm — No Comments

World's Least Developed Countries Set to Jump Start Transition to a Green Economy

With their low-carbon profile, rich natural assets and promising policy initiatives, the world's 48 least developed countries are well-positioned to jump start the transition to a green economy, according to a new UN report released today at the start of the Fourth UN Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV).


The joint report, issued by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the UN Office of…


Added by Linda Larbie on May 11, 2011 at 1:21pm — No Comments

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