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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

OPINION: Grand Convergence in Global Health is Realizable

Source: Business Day South Africa

What it will take is a co-ordinated, future-oriented investment strategy.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

7 Incredible Health Tech Innovations Changing the Way South Africans Live

Source: Venture Burn

Nowhere is the need for more efficient, more accessible and generally more powerful tools as great as it is in Africa.
Thursday, April 17, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

In Developing World Healthcare Market, Low-tech is the New Cutting Edge

Source: Rapid Growth Media

The r(Evolve) Centrifuge, developed by CentriCycle, is a manual hand-crank blood centrifuge that can operate without electricity in rural areas, separating blood for quick and accurate diagnostic testing.
Thursday, April 17, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Meet the Women Trading Sudan's First Carbon Credits

Source: The Guardian

Cleaner stoves have saved Sudan over 36,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions and earned the country its first carbon credits.
Thursday, April 17, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

OPINION: Managing Finances Well is Key to Africa’s Success

Source: Business Day South Africa

More than ever, African governments need to make the region attractive to investors to shore up the growth path the continent has embarked upon.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

African Health-Technology Deals on the Rise

Source: Destiny Man

Africa's rising middle class may see a rise in Private Equity and Venture Capital investments in the continent's healthcare industry
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Musa, Swiss Partner to Help African SMEs in Healthcare

Source: Business Day South Africa

Private equity company Musa Capital is the partner in an investment fund that plans to develop small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) providing health services to the poor in various African countries.
Thursday, April 10, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Predicting Disease Outbreaks in a Changing Climate in Africa

Source: allAfrica

The obvious direct health risks associated with climate variability, such as the higher incidence of dengue, malaria, cholera and diarrhoea are well-established. But now governments also have to think outside the box, say the scientists because any impact on human health has far-reaching implications.
Thursday, April 10, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Airtel Money, VIVO Energy Sign Pact to Strengthen Cooperation in 15 African Markets

Source: GhanaWeb

Vivo Energy, a Shell licensee in 15 African markets, and Airtel Money today announced a collaborative Pan-African agreement to strengthen both companies’ footprints in providing services to their growing customer base.
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

OPINION: Only New Products Will Keep MFIs Growing in Rwanda

Source: allAfrica

Through innovation, it is possible for the sector to financially reach the unbanked population and drive home the EDPRS II objectives, especially in the rural areas.
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile Money Security is Kenya’s Next Big Challenge

Source: IT Web Africa

Attention needs to be paid to the security of mobile money systems in Kenya especially with the licensing of three virtual network operators in the country, say experts.
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Building the Impact Investing Market in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

The impact investment market is extremely diverse and the DFID Impact Fund is distinctive
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

MTN, Airtel Announce Cross Border Remittance Deal in West Africa

Source: Human IPO

The partnership will allow MTN customers in Ivory Coast and Airtel customers in Burkina Faso to transfer money between the neighboring countries.
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Opinion: Richard Branson on World Health Day

Source: Virgin

This year’s World Health Day is focused on vector-borne diseases.
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Predicting Disease Outbreaks in a Changing Climate in Africa

Source: allAfrica

The IPCC report focuses on climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability.
Thursday, April 03, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

South Africa to use Flavored Condoms to Tackle HIV

Source: BBC News

South Africa has some 6.4 million HIV-positive people - more than any other country.
Thursday, April 03, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Zimbabwe’s Econet Launches Mobile Money Loan Service

Source: IT Web Africa

Zimbabwean users of the mobile money platform, EcoCash, are now able to access urgent loans of up to $500 using their cellphones.
Thursday, April 03, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Donors Commit $240 Million to Fight Neglected Diseases

Source: Voa News

Bill Gates, the World Bank and other donors are stepping up efforts to fight neglected tropical diseases in Africa and other low-income regions with a $240 million injection of new funding.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

UK Drugs Firm GSK Announces Africa Investment

Source: Yahoo News

GSK will invest up to £130 million ($216 million, 157 million euros), including £100 million to expand existing manufacturing operations in Nigeria and Kenya and build up to five new factories in Africa, it said in a statement.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Balancing Profits Against Public Health in the Search for Innovative Vaccines

Source: Deutsche Welle English

There is no cure and no vaccine for the Ebola virus, which has killed about 70 people in Guinea. Vaccine expert Professor Adrian Hill tells DW why some vaccines take time. It's got to do with profit.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Vodafone Brings Africa's M-Pesa Mobile Money to Europe

Source: Reuters

The launch targets 7 M in Romania who mainly use cash and M-Pesa has 16.8 M active customers in emerging markets.
Thursday, March 27, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

International Finance Corporation Proposes $1.5 B Annual Investment in Nigeria

Source: This Day Live

The International Finance Corporation IFC), which is the private sector arm of the World Bank, has unfolded plans to commence an annual investment of $1.5 billion in critical sectors of the Nigerian economy.
Thursday, March 27, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Global MFI Investors Shift Focus from Asia to Africa

Source: Business Standard

With the MFIs realigning their fund allocations, South Asia, the traditional microfinance hub, is facing challenge from Africa for the first time
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Off Grid Electric gets $7M to ‘light Africa in a decade’

Source: Venture Beat

Why do more people live without electricity today than when Edison turned on the first light bulb? For as long as he can remember, Xavier Helgesen has been fascinated with this question. And today, he landed $7 million in financing for his Arusha, Tanzania-based venture, Off Grid Electric, which provides solar energy to people in emerging nations.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How Millennium Challenge Corp. Partnership Will Help PEPFAR 'go local' in South Africa

Source: Devex

The U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the U.S. Agency for International Development work together to help strengthen public health systems in South Africa by funding ARV distribution and equipment.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola Outbreak in Guinea May Spread to Liberia

Source: The Washington Post

An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus is believed to have killed at least 59 people in Guinea and may already have spread to neighboring Liberia, health officials said Monday.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Why Insurers are Looking to Kenya’s Low-Income Earners for New Business

Source: Standard Digital Business

Low-income earners have traditionally been underserved when it comes to being provided with avenues to manage the risks they face every day.
Thursday, March 20, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Financial Literacy Crucial to Nigeria's Economic Growth

Source: allAfrica

Financial literacy among Nigerians especially the young people will foster economic growth and development even as the country seeks the attainment of financial inclusion in the economy,
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Uganda Telecom to Upgrade Mobile Money Platform

Source: East African Business Week

Uganda telecom, a partially state owned telecommunication service provider, has signaled it will embark on upgrading its mobile money banking platform, M-Sente, in the next two weeks to enable their customers enjoy the service flawlessly.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Sustainable Investing Comes of Age in South Africa

Source: Business Day South Africa

In recent years, the idea of analysing companies using more than just financial indicators has moved into the mainstream.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

PRESS RELEASE: Western Union Expands Mobile Money Transfer Network in Nigeria

Source: The Wall Street Journal

New relationship with Paga gives more than 1.2 million Paga subscribers access to Western Union services.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Bottom Of The Pyramid Overspending On Mobile Services in Africa

Source: AFK Insider

Expert at a World Consumer Rights Day event in Nairobi said on Friday poor African’s are spending too much on mobile phone services to the extent of foregoing basic needs, ITWeb Africa reported.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Accion Microfinance Bank Share capital Reaches N1.205bn in Nigeria

Source: Business Day Online Nigeria

The micro finance bank’s robust financial base reflects on over N21.7billion disbursed in loans to more than 110,000 customers since inception.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya’s Safaricom Plans to Disrupt Mobile Market with Contactless Transactions

Source: Tech Moran

For a successful deployment, Safaricom is expected to build an NFC infrastructure countrywide, just like it did with its mobile money agents so as its subscribers can pay for services and buy goods anywhere in the country.
Thursday, March 13, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Improving Global Health, One Text at a Time

Source: Relief Web

AMREF Kenya receives matching grant for mHealth Project
Thursday, March 13, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

NGOs Launch New Tool to Map Water and Sanitation in Kenya’s Largest Slum

Source: Veture Burn

With an estimated 1.2-million residents, Kibera is Africa’s second largest and one of the biggest slums in the world with some of the poorest living conditions
Thursday, March 13, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

$23M Award at Notre Dame Fights Malaria and Dengue Fever

Source: Phys Org

The grant is the second largest award to a single grant proposal in Notre Dame's history.
Thursday, March 13, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

PRESS RELEASE: First Access and Vodacom Tanzania Ink Financial Inclusion Deal

Source: CSR Wire

Partnership offers financial institutions the ability to purchase instant risk scores from First Access based on prepaid mobile phone records.
Thursday, March 13, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kopo Kopo Goes International, Ready to Integrate Mobile Money Payments from Merchants Around the World

Source: Tech Moran

In an exclusive interview with TechMoran, Ben Lyon of Kopo Kopo said that 2014 is the year of partnering with payment providers to build and manage merchant networks.
Thursday, March 13, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Financial Literacy an Imperative for Inclusion in Nigeria

Source: Leadership Nigeria

Of the adult population, 17 per cent are served by informal institutions and 46 per cent are completely excluded. These 58 million unbanked Nigerians are the primary targets of Financial Inclusion.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

United Bank for Africa Strengthens E-banking Channels to Boost Financial Inclusion

Source: Business Day Online Nigeria

The Division head said that UBA’s innovative e-Channels have accorded the customers triple gains of financial control, convenience and security.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The 'Cursed' Women Living in Shame in Uganda

Source: BBC News

Many people in rural areas believe in witchcraft over medical science says Dr Florence Nalubega, a gynaecologist at Kitovu Hospital in Masaka.
Friday, March 07, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Risky Business - Is China Wavering in Africa?

Source: allAfrica

Last month, officials from the Chinese Development Bank arrived in Ghana to re-negotiate a $3 billion oil-backed infrastructure deal.
Friday, March 07, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya’s Mobile Money Competition to Heat Up

Source: IT Web Africa

Traditional mobile money transfer companies in Kenya could be headed for tight competition if other large volume traders are given licences to enter the field.
Friday, March 07, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Behavioral Change Tops Challenges for Mobile Money Use in West Africa

Source: PC Adivsor

Cultural factors slow down the embrace of mobile money services.
Friday, March 07, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How Donated Bicycles Are Helping Save Lives in Africa

Source: Care2

Think supporting development means giving hand outs? Think again. Done right, development means giving a hand up. Take for example Aid for Africa member World Bicycle Relief and its recently established Buffalo Bikes Ltd.
Thursday, March 06, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Central Bank of Nigeria Approves Liquidation of 83 Microfinance Banks – NDIC

Source: Mobile Punch Nigeria

The Managing Director, Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation, Alhaji Umaru Ibrahim, on Tuesday said that the Central Bank of Nigeria had approved the liquidation of 83 licensed microfinance banks.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Secrets to a Successful mHealth Campaign

Source: SciDev.Net

At the Mobile World Congress last week (25 February) I listened to Arjen Swank, business development manager of Text To Change (TTC), discuss the best way to implement a successful mobile health programme in Africa.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Circumcised Men Abandoning Condoms

Source: ReliefWeb

Ernest Dhlamini of Mbabane city, Swaziland, was circumcised in 2006, to enjoy what he calls a clean life. Dhlamini says he is worried that a large number of men circumcised under current programs funded by international organizations, are now abandoning condoms and engaging in unsafe sex.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Matching capital with ‘space’ in unlocking Nigeria's microinsurance potential

Source: Business Day

Nigeria prepares to unlock its microinsurance potential given the country’s huge population of 170 million people and a demographic structure leaning towards the mass poor.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Key Drivers of Financial Innovation in Zimbabwe

Source: All Africa

Financial innovation can be defined as the act of creating and then popularising new financial instruments, technologies, institutions, markets, processes and business models, including the new application of existing ideas in a different market context.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa: Mobile Mast Vaccine Storage Project Wins Global Prize

Source: All Africa

An organisation that uses surplus energy from mobile phone masts to refrigerate vaccines in remote areas was named as the Best Mobile Health Product or Service at the Global Mobile Awards this week.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Uganda accuses World Bank of aid blackmail

Source: Business Day

Uganda accused the World Bank of blackmail on Friday after the lender stalled a $90m loan over the east African nation’s adoption of a draconian anti-gay law.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mara Group’s Ashish Thakkar On What Investors Get Wrong About Africa

Source: International Business Times

Thakkar spoke to IBTimes about his new venture, his business style, and what’s ahead for Africa -- a region set to grow at record rates in the next few years.
Monday, March 03, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The End of the ‘Developing World’

Source: New York Times

BILL GATES, in his foundation’s annual letter, declared that “the terms ‘developing countries’ and ‘developed countries’ have outlived their usefulness.” He’s right. If we want to understand the modern global economy, we need a better vocabulary. Mr. Gates was making a point about improvements in income and gross domestic product; unfortunately, these formal measures generate categories that tend to obscure obvious distinctions. Only when employing a crude “development” binary could anyone lump Mozambique and Mexico together.
Friday, February 28, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Harvested rainwater in South Africa harbors pathogens, finds new study

Source: WaterWorldMag

According to research from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, pathogens are inhabiting harvested rainwater across the region, potentially posing a public health hazard, especially for children and immunocompromised individuals.
Friday, February 28, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Central Bank of Nigeria to extend cashless policy nationwide

Source: This Day Live

The Central Bank of Nigeria Acting Governor, Dr. Sarah Alade, Wednesday said the bankers’ committee will not rescind on the plan to extend the cashless policy to other states in the country from July 1.
Friday, February 28, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Rockefeller Foundation And Tony Elumelu Foundation Announce Africa Winners Of The Impact Economy Innovations Fund

Source: Tony Elumelu Foundation

The fund provides grant capital for entrepreneurs with projects that create jobs in underserved sectors, and supports proposals geared toward enabling capital solutions, fostering entrepreneurial ecosystems and promoting impact investing industry infrastructure.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya's Equity Bank Seeks Share of Telco Business

Source: Daily Nation

An Equity Bank branch in Dadaab. In a move likely to upset the apple­cart in the telecom sector, Equity Bank has applied for a license to operate a mobile telephone business.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Tackling Newborn Deaths? We Need More (Qualified) Health Workers

Source: Devex

With 78,977 stillbirths and first-day deaths, the Democratic Republic of Congo has one of the highest newborn mortality rate across sub-Saharan Africa, despite enjoying a high rate of 80.4 percent of skilled attendance at birth.
Friday, February 21, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

WhatsApp gives Facebook a lock on the planet’s next billion mobile internet users

Source: Quartz

WhatsApp is “the de facto standard for messaging” in Africa, offering ”an awesome messaging experience to the middle billion, those living on $10 a day” or less, as TextIt, a Rwanda-based tech company, explains in this blog post. It does that through its Java 2 Mobile Edition (J2ME) version, designed to work on regular (non-smart) phones. Though that’s scarcely been mentioned in the acquisition hullabaloo, it’s huge considering how limited smartphone penetration is in Africa.
Thursday, February 20, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Visa Partners with Airtel in Kenya to Launch Global Mobile Money Visa Card

Source: Tech Moran

According to Visa’s Head of Emerging Products & Innovation for Africa, Dougie Henderson said: “This strategic partnership with Airtel and Chase Bank brings the benefits of electronic payments to the under banked in Kenya by being innovative in mobile money services.
Thursday, February 20, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Home Financiers Strike Deal for Bottom of the Pyramid in Kenya

Source: The Star Kenya

“Over the years, the country has accumulated a housing deficit of over three million, which has led to demand for housing exceeding supply and proliferation of slums. Now we are telling people to stop renting houses and move to their own homes.”
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Telecom That Developed M-Pesa Is Boxing Competitors Out Of The Mobile Money Market

Source: Business Insider

Kenyan Telecom rejects push by competitors to use its money transfer agents.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenyan Healthcare Tech Firm Showcased at Sankalp Africa Summit

Source: Human IPO

Kenyan healthcare technologies company MicroClinic Technologies has been named one of the top four high-impact small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Africa at the Sankalp Africa Summit held in Nairobi, Kenya.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Community-Based Methods for Improving Maternal and Newborn Health

Source: Medical Xpress

High mortality rates for pregnant women and newborns continue to be a major health concern in Africa, with Ethiopia being one of the most affected countries.
Thursday, February 13, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Namibia: MTC Partners With Mobipay for MTC Money

Source: allAfrica

The country's largest mobile network operator - MTC, has entered the mobile payment market in partnership with MobiPay in a first step taken by a Namibian mobile network operator.
Thursday, February 13, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

7 Businesses Win African Impact Innovation Fund

Source: Ventures Africa

7 businesses have been announced as the winners of the Africa Impact Economy Innovations Fund (IEIF), an endowment supported by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Tony Elumelu Foundation to provide grant capital for entrepreneurs with projects that create jobs.
Thursday, February 13, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Merck expands its Capacity Advancement Campaign to Mozambique

Source: Africa Science News

Merck Germany has expanded the Capacity Advancement Program first rolled out in Kenya to Mozambique, a move to show its taking Africa seriously.
Thursday, February 13, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Press Release: Winners of the Sankalp Africa Awards for High Impact SMEs Announced

Source: Sankalp Forum

12 SMEs from around Africa showcased to an audience of 450 investors, donors, advisors and other SME sector supporters, 4 win awards at the first ever Sankalp Africa Summit in Nairobi.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile cash delights tithe-eager pastors in Zimbabwe

Source: New Zimbabwe

PENTECOSTAL churches in Zimbabwe have moved to take advantage of mobile phone penetration rates now said to be about 103.5 percent and the introduction of mobile money platforms to ease their tithe worries.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya: M - Lab Wins Impact Economy Innovations Grant

Source: allAfrica

M:Lab East Africa identifies, nurtures and helps build startups in the knowledge economy by providing training, market research, access to finance and infrastructure among many other services.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Safaricom Deal to Allow Diaspora to Send Money to M-Pesa Accounts

Source: Human IPO

According to the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK), last year’s diaspora remittances reached US$1.3 billion (KSh112 billion), up from US$1.17 billion (KSh101 billion) in 2012.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Zimbabwe’s Mobile Money Agents Form Association

Source: IT Web Africa

Agents handling mobile money transactions for Econet, Telecel Zimbabwe and NetOne in Zimbabwe have formed an association to advance their interests and lobby for inclusion in policy making.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Why This Social Entrepreneur Is Paying African Women To Go To Free HIV Clinics

Source: Forbes

Nigerian women get a small payment everytime they’ve received a treatment in a clinic, proved by their geotagged doctors’ notes.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenyan Banks Scrambling to Leverage M-Pesa

Source: BizTech Africa

Kenyan banks are reported to be scrambling to leverage Safaricom’s mobile banking platform, M-PESA, to attract more customers.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Opinion: A Wealthier Africa Will Depend on Health Care

Source: The Japan Times

The BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) have long been the focus of emerging-market investors. But it is in Africa, a region with the world’s second-fastest growth, where the next big business opportunities lie.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Gambia: Rural Electrification Boosts Health Care Delivery

Source: allAfrica

CEO Kebba Badjie recently made these remarks in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer in Bwiam.
Thursday, February 06, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

IBM starts rolling out Watson supercomputer in Africa

Source: Reuters

IBM says system will improve farming, e-commerce, health.
Wednesday, February 05, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Insolvency among microfinance banks could hamper Nigeria’s financial inclusion strategy

Source: Business Day

The Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) financial inclusion strategy targets a reduction of adult population financially excluded from 46 percent to 20 percent by the year 2020. This objective cannot be achieved completely without active involvement of microfinance banks (MFBs) operating in the country.
Wednesday, February 05, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Authors reveal how banks fought hard to kill M-Pesa

Source: The Star Kenya

Kenyan banks fought tooth and nail to have M-Pesa shut down one year after its launch as its popularity was spreading like bushfire and posed a threat to their operations, a new book launched last evening reveals.
Tuesday, February 04, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Duke Global Health Institute unveils cancer prevention partnership in Tanzania

Source: The Duke Chronicle

The Duke Global Health Institute and Duke Cancer Institute have collaborated on a new Global Cancer Initiative that will be launched in Tanzania.
Tuesday, February 04, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

African Development Bank Holds First Forum On Development of Health in Africa

Source: allAfrica

Convinced that investing in health is a prerequisite for economic growth, the African Development Bank, in partnership with Groupe Jeune Afrique, is organizing the Africa Health Forum, the first public-private forum on Africa's health economy.
Tuesday, February 04, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

South Africa’s Treasury Investigating Financing Social Bonds

Source: Business Daily Live

The treasury is looking into the feasibility of using an experimental financing mechanism, social impact bonds, to help boost small businesses and job creation
Tuesday, February 04, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenyan Banks Battle to Go Fully Digital in Race for Cheap Deposits

Source: The Standard Digital

A customer can deposit cheques, open an account, place standing orders, transfer funds, make balance enquiries and pay for utilities without actually going to the banking hall.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

GE’s Immelt Urges More Private Investment in Africa Health Care

Source: Business Week

General Electric Co. Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Immelt urged private investors to provide more funding for health care in African nations, where government-run services are overstretched.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenyan rural eye hospital finds profit in service

Source: Standard Digital Business

Few people would think of establishing a private healthcare facility in Kenya’s rural areas as many patients in these regions cannot afford private care.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Global Shortage of Health Workers

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Health workers are essential for health care. Without health workers there are no health systems, yet there is a critical global shortage of them, and it is the poorest countries that are most affected.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Nigeria: Partnership to Spur Local Mobile Money Growth

Source: allAfrica

A joint statement by both companies said CWG would now power the MTN mobile commerce platform, which is designed mainly for small scale financial institutions.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Fraud targeting mobile money agents in Kenya rises as use of service grows

Source: The Promota Africa Magazine

The fight to eliminate mobile money fraud in Kenya is far from being won as fraudsters devise new schemes targeting agents and subscribers.
Thursday, January 23, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

To Achieve Good Health We Need Good Education

Source: The World Post

Maternal deaths have fallen from 540,000 a year in 1990 to 287,000 in 2010, and the momentum is there for to save even more lives of mothers and their precious infants.
Thursday, January 23, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Safaricom launches mobile micro-insurance service

Source: Human IPO

Kenyan operator Safaricom, Britam and Changamka Health have launched a micro-insurance health cover service which enables Kenyans to make contributions via M-Pesa, looking to increase the level of medical insurance cover in the country.
Thursday, January 23, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Financial Sector Can Help Bolster Africa’s Economy, Panelists Say

Source: Dealbook - The New York Times

One of the stated aims of this year’s World Economic Forum is inclusion. A panel discussion on Africa’s future, one that included two sitting presidents from that continent, did its best to emphasize that theme.
Thursday, January 23, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

mHealth Alliance to move head office to South Africa

Source: Sci Dev Net

The move is to scale up mHealth projects at country levels in the global South.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile money helps Kenyans weather financial storms

Source: MIT News

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Can telcos predict Mobile Money hotspots?

Source: TelecomTV

A study by CGAP looks at the relationship between voice call routes and money transfer, trying to help telcos focus their investment in mobile money solutions.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Banks feud with Zimbabwe’s biggest telco

Source: allAfrica

The sources say the situation, if not resolved, promises to get messy, as indications are that the banks would stop transacting with Steward Bank on the RTGS platform.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Why Ending Malaria May Be More About Backhoes Than Bed Nets

Source: NPR Blogs

Wiping out malaria is still a top goal for many leaders in global health.
Thursday, January 16, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Heifer International Receives $25.5m Grant to Expand Its East Africa Dairy Development Program

Source: allAfrica

Heifer International received a $25.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to expand the East Africa Dairy Development (EADD) project and assist more than 136,000 farm families in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
Thursday, January 16, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya plans heavy penalties for rogue mobile subscribers and operators

Source: BizTech Africa

Kenya plans to tame rogue mobile subscribers and operators through stiffer penalties in a new set of laws to be published this week.
Thursday, January 16, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa: Leveraging the Continent's Resources to Finance Vital Infrastructure

Source: allAfrica

The African Development Bank has a triple-A designation from international credit rating firms and has tripled its capital base since 2010.
Thursday, January 16, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ghana to limit microfinance licenses

Source: Spy Ghana

Bank of Ghana (BoG) seeks to put a ceiling on the rising number of microfinance companies in the country.
Thursday, January 16, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ethiopia breaking new technology ground

Source: IT News Africa

At the beginning of 2013 when Ethiopia’s government approved mobile money in the country, allowing banks and micro-finance institutions to provide transaction-based banking online.
Thursday, January 16, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Better funding call for vital drug approval programme

Source: The Guardian

Without the prequalification programme of the World Health Organisation, Africa could have bad drugs or no drugs for HIV and TB, but this vital service for assessing medicine quality needs secure funds for the future, say experts
Thursday, January 16, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

More weather index insurance for African smallholder farmers

Source: African Capital Markets News

Weather insurance is a financial product aiming to help African farmers manage the volatility of drought and other weather crises. This week (14 Jan), IFC (www.ifc.org) signed 2 grant agreements with MicroEnsure Ltd to make more index-based weather insurance available to small-scale farmers in Rwanda and Zambia. Index-based insurance pays out on the basis of agreed weather data, such as rainfall as measured being lower than an agreed level, and is more efficient risk management tool than traditional indemnity-based agricultural insurance, which runs up high transaction costs and premiums.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Child marriage seen as a girl’s health issue

Source: Humanosphere

The development community is starting to pay closer attention to the problem of child marriages.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

WHO guidance 'risks killing children'

Source: The Guardian

Rapid fluid resuscitation of children in shock can cause death, a major trial showed in 2011, but the World Health Organisation has yet to update its advice to doctors, say scientists, warning thousands could be harmed
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Doctors Without Borders Pioneers Opening Up Access to Humanitarian Data

Source: allAfrica

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is pioneering an open-access approach within the humanitarian sector in the hope that other medical aid organisations will follow suit.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Will Nigerians embrace mobile money in 2014 ?

Source: National Mirror

In the bid to deepen financial inclusion across the country, financial institutions and mobile money service providers are introducing resourceful methods of bringing the unserved populations into the formal economy by using mobile phones but Nigerians appear unfazed about the mobile money mantra.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

German Firms Seed Web Shopping in the Developing World

Source: The Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required)

The message from his boss on the phone from Germany was straightforward, recalls Hendrik Harren, a former website manager in Africa: "I want you to build the Amazon of Nigeria for me." The caller was Oliver Samwer, an Internet tycoon in Berlin who had already cloned American e-commerce businesses for Europe's market. By 2012, his focus was shifting to the developing world. Mr. Harren found his new assignment daunting. "I had never founded an Amazon," he says.
Thursday, January 09, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Central Bank of Nigeria moves to enhance financial services to Nigerians

Source: Africa Manager

Nigeria felt that it is lagging behind some of its peer countries in Africa.
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Zimbabwe imposes mobile money tax

Source: IT Web Africa

Zimbabwe has started levying a tax on mobile money transactions after intense lobbying from the Bankers Association of Zimbabwe (BAZ) for the Zimbabwean central bank to regulate mobile money services “to create a level playing field” in the financial services sector.
Thursday, January 02, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya's Health Funding Is Still Not Enough

Source: allAfrica

In Kenya, the allocation of total government expenditure to health has been below 10 per cent since 2002.
Thursday, December 19, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ghana: Banks Struggle to Mobilize Savings, as MFIs Take Deep Bite

Source: Syminvest

The reserves of commercial banks in the country have been on consistent decline since the first quarter of the year following a sharp increase in the withdrawal of deposits and saving by their customers.
Thursday, December 19, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

High-Speed Recovery: Twenty years after the genocide, Rwanda looks to a high-tech future

Source: Slate

Almost 20 years have passed since the 1994 Rwandan genocide, when politicians, doctors, miners, merchants, and farmers killed about 800,000 of their fellow politicians, doctors, miners, merchants, and farmers in the East African nation of just 12 million. To this day, the 100-day horror remains one of the most appallingly efficient cases of systematic murder in modern history, and Rwanda, at least in the eyes of the West, remains synonymous with the chaos of its not-too-distant past.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Next Frontier: Transforming Healthcare in Africa

Source: CSR Wire

Strategic public-private partnerships are going beyond traditional philanthropy to solve Africa's health challenges and promote development.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Tanzania Reaches Out to People Without Accounts

Source: allAfrica

Tanzania wants to capture the 50% of the population who are unbanked by 2016 after the launch of the National Financial Inclusion Framework.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile Money for the Unbanked

Source: GSMA

Mobile money and virtual currencies for cross border remittances: opportunity or risk?
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

New Solar Lamp for African Villagers

Source: OnIslam

On a continent where more than half the population lives off-the-grid, many African villagers can neither afford nor acquire simple solar lamps. Instead, they have to rely on dangerous kerosene products to light their homes.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

East Africa: 1000 Benefit From Merck Training

Source: allAfrica

The US-based Merck, is one of the top five pharmaceutical companies in the world with annual revenues of about $50 billion.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Crowdfunding and Climate Innovation: The Next Steps are in Funding Impact Investing

Source: Crowdfund Insider

The future of Impact Investing and Crowdfunding was on display in Nairobi, Kenya last week.