AfDB, Janngo announce €10.5 million in startup investment funds

AfDB, Janngo announce €10.5 million in startup investment funds

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced the approval of €10.5 million in investment funds to support African tech entrepreneurs through the Janngo Start-Up Fund. The funds include €7 million from the AfDB and a €3.5 million contribution from the European Union and the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific…

Turkey-Africa Summit takes leaders to Istanbul

African leaders are in Turkey this weekend, as they take part in the third Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit hosted by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The summit is meant to promote and deepen ties between Istanbul and African nations, with some 40 countries participating in the talks. They’re meant to lead to…

Barrow declared the victor in Gambian presidential election

Final results from Gambia’s presidential election were reported late Sunday, with incumbent Adama Barrow winning by a significant margin. “I am thankful for a historic victory for me and our great National People’s Party. Gambians have spoken and decided to deliver us a clear-cut, compelling victory,” said Barrow. He appealed…

African nations see uneven progress on HIV/AIDS

Kenya has shown great improvement in managing HIV/AIDS, largely due to an 83% increase since 2013 in the number of affected citizens who can access antiretroviral drugs, said President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday. New infections dropped nearly 70% between 2013 and 2021, but infections continue to impact people between the…

COP26 ends with SA, other coal nations pressing for more time

There’s disappointment and anger over the now-concluded COP26 climate negotiations in Glasgow, with firm commitments on coal phaseouts removed from final-draft language at the objection of developing nations. South Africa, China, India and others made a successful case for a softer commitment and longer timeline on coal. Those changes come…

U.S. arrests 2 from DR Congo for illegal wildlife trafficking

Two people from Democratic Republic of Congo have been arrested in the United States for illegal wildlife trafficking, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Herdade Lokua, 23, and Jospin Mujangi, 31, both of Kinshasa, were arrested last week in Seattle, Washington. They were indicted by a federal grand jury…

Kenyatta makes Africa’s case at COP26 World Leaders Summit

President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya vowed to make Africa’s voice on climate finance heard at the COP26 United Nations Climate Conference in Glasgow, Scotland on Monday. “Two times in a row, developing countries have been promised US$100 billion per year but it has not yet been delivered,” said Kenyatta, speaking…

Africa’s glaciers threatened by climate change

Climate change is causing the rapid melt of glacier ice on the African continent, with all of it likely to be gone by 2040 or sooner, according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organization and its partners. There are just three mountains in Africa that are covered by…

Google commits $1 billion in new funding to Africa’s digital future

Google announced a US$1 billion commitment to the continent’s digital transformation during the company’s first-ever Google for Africa livestream event on Wednesday. The investment, planned across the next five years, will support several initiatives. They include completion of Equiano, an undersea cable meant to improve Internet speeds and drive down…