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Tuesday, September 02, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

West Africa: Ebola Epidemic

Source: AllAfrica

Socio-Economic Implications of Inadequate Human Resources for Health, and Poor Health Financing
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

OPINION: Rwanda: How Energy Can Contribute Towards Poverty Alleviation

Source: AllAfrica

WE LIVE in interesting times when so much is happening in terms of development. However, there are curious contradictions that undermine our journey to the Promised Land; development.
Friday, August 29, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola outbreak could infect 20,000 people, WHO says

Source: Reuters

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa could infect over 20,000 people and spread to more countries, the U.N. health agency said on Thursday, warning that an international effort costing almost half a billion dollars is needed to overcome the outbreak.
Friday, August 29, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

ChildFund, MasterCard Foundation, launch nurse-training program for Zambian youth

Source: YahooFinance

Innovative $7.6 million e-learning program will train 6,000 young people to become nurses and midwives and expand capacity of nursing schools in Zambia.
Thursday, August 28, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

GSK Announces Commitment to Improving Access to Vaccines With 5-year Price Freeze

Source: Nigerian Bulletin

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has announced that it will freeze the prices of its vaccines for five years for developing countries that graduate from GAVI Alliance support. By committing to offer GAVI Alliance prices for vaccines against pneumonia, diarrhoea and cervical cancer, GSK will support developing country governments as they transition to financing the full cost of their local vaccination programmes.
Thursday, August 28, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

East Africa: Safaricom Gets GSMA Support in Mobile Cash War With Equity

Source: All Africa

Safaricom has received critical support in its bid to stop Equity Bank from using embedded SIM cards for the mobile banking and money transfer service the lender plans to introduce in the Kenyan market.
Thursday, August 28, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Financial Inclusion Game Changer

Source: BBC

Today, MasterCard is launching a ground-breaking program in Nigeria with the cooperation of the Nigerian government. This program uniquely combines a national ID card with electronic payments. Daniel Monehin, MasterCard’s Division President for Sub-Saharan Africa, sat down with MPD CEO Karen Webster to discuss why today is a such significant day in payments for Nigeria and why this program has the potential to be the financial inclusion game changer everywhere in the world.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Redesigning Birth Control in the Developing World

Source: Pacific Standard Magazine

How single-use injectable contraceptives could change family planning in Africa.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Rwanda: Microfinance Sector Soldiers On Despite Burden of Bad Loans

Source: All Africa

Sector experts say there is an urgent need to address challenges facing MFIs, especially by empowering the sector to enhance its capacity and performance.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Airtel, Tigo claim mobile money first

Source: Mobile World Live

Two operators in Tanzania launched a service so that subscribers to their rival mobile money services can send and receive cash with one another. Airtel and Tigo claim it is the world’s first cross-network mobile money transfer service.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ghanaian partnership to battle Cholera, Ebola through tech

Source: BiztechAfrica

The Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH) has partnered with mPedigree Network and PopOut to launch the PREVENT initiative, which looks to employ technology to crack down on fake and counterfeit medicines.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

$75,000 Anzisha Prize for Young Entrepreneurs Announces 2014 Finalists

Source: Press Release

For the first time ever, African Leadership Academy and The MasterCard Foundation are delighted to have Anzisha Prize finalists from Togo and Ivory Coast (http://www.anzishaprize.org), revealing strong growth in entrepreneurship activity amongst youth in West Africa. Five young women are among the 12 finalists in the running for the $75,000 prize money that will be awarded on 23 September 2014, and will fly to Johannesburg from DRC, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa and Nigeria.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Microfinance as a panacea to Nigeria’s unemployment challenge

Source: Business Day

As credit plays vital role in start-up and expansion of businesses, microfinance has been treated as an important tool for economic development.
Monday, August 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

‘Nigerian startups will revolutionalise healthcare delivery’

Source: Nigerian Tribune

Q: I understand that Integrated Medics helps improve health care delivery. Specifically, how do you achieve this? A; We achieve this through automation of all the process in the hospital: from record office to front desk, from consulting to admission; from store to pharmacy and from NHIS desk to payment desk. Basically, by fast-tracking the healthcare delivery system.
Monday, August 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Profit vs non-profit: Why this Ugandan enterprise is no longer an NGO

Source: How We Made It In Africa

Monday, August 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Economic Case for Wiping Out Ebola

Source: BusinessWeek

On Aug. 22, the World Health Organization announced a draft strategy to combat the West African Ebola outbreak over the next six to nine months. That’s a sign that the global health body isn’t optimistic about a rapid end to an epidemic that has killed around 1,300 people so far. An extended outbreak of such a feared disease would have mounting economic costs.
Friday, August 22, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Surviving Ebola: Africa cries out for healthcare boost

Source: Reuters

Surviving sickness can make you stronger. So while a western corner of Africa writhes in the deadly grip of the Ebola virus, there are signs this emergency may serve as a wake-up call to strengthen spending and investment on public healthcare in the world's least developed continent. "If anything, I think it is teaching us something," Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, the African Union's Commissioner for Social Affairs, told reporters in Addis Ababa this month.
Friday, August 22, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How Kenya's mobile money is opening up now middlemen have been set free

Source: ZD Net

A decision made by Kenya's telecoms watchdog could have profound implications for the country's mobile money market.
Friday, August 22, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Glo launches Nigeria’s 1st Mobile Money Agent Network - Central Bank lauds initiative

Source: Nigerian Tribune

GLOBACOM, Nigeria’s national telecommunications carrier, has launched Glo Xchange, a Mobile Money Agent Network, aimed at accelerating mobile money revolution and financial inclusion in the country.
Thursday, August 21, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola crisis provides glimpse into Samaritan’s Purse, SIM

Source: Washington Post

Samaritan’s Purse and SIM USA were instrumental in the evacuation of two U.S. missionaries from West Africa. These religious relief groups maintain a low profile in the U.S. but are often on the front line of public health crises. Health organizations and leaders of affected areas are also working to contain the deadly outbreak. Here are the key players.
Thursday, August 21, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Glimmer of hope seen in Ebola outbreak

Source: CNN

Three health care workers who were given the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp in Liberia have shown "very positive signs of recovery," the Liberian Ministry of Health said Tuesday. Medical professionals treating the workers have called their progress "remarkable."
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Power Africa: Ghana To Attract $4bn From America

Source: Ventures Africa

Recently, Ghana signed a Power Compact with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), making it the current largest American Government-funded transaction of President Obama’s Power Africa initiative.The Ghana Power Compact facilitates the investment of up to $498.2 million for the transformation of Ghana’s power sector while also stimulating private investments. Eventually, the deal is expected to raise more than $4 billion from American and global energy firms.
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Sanford looks to build hundreds of Ghana clinics

Source: The Island Packet

Sanford Health is looking to open more than 300 clinics in Ghana in the next five years to treat millions of patients. The Dakotas-based health network has opened five clinics in the African nation since 2012 and broke ground last week for a sixth.The clinics have treated more than 180,000 patients.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Using mobile money to buy water and solar power in east Africa

Source: The Guardian

For many of Thomas Duveau’s customers in rural, off-grid communities in Tanzania, buying a solar panel system for their home will be their first big commercial transaction, and probably the largest of their life.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Safaricom cuts fees on low and medium value M-PESA transfers

Source: Biztech Africa

Leading integrated communications service provider Safaricom has announced a targeted reduction of transaction fees levied by the operator on its most popular person to person M-PESA transaction bands.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Stop charging high interest rates, Bank of Ghana tells MFIs

Source: Ghana Web

Microfinance companies have been urged not to charge high, unsustainable interest rates by the Head of Other Financial Institutions Supervision Department of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), Mr Raymond Amanfu.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Using mobile money to buy water and solar power in east Africa

Source: The Guardian

Mobile phones are facilitating access to utilities in poor rural communities. But do consumers have the faith to go cashless?