Nearly $62 million is headed to Africa to support women in business

Nearly $62 million is headed to Africa to support women in business

Nearly USD$62 million for women in business is headed to the African continent, after the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) announced on Monday its funding allocation for the African Development Bank and its own women-focused programs. The funding through AfDB’s Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) will be…

IPBES: We depend on ecosystems that are rapidly deteriorating

IPBES: We depend on ecosystems that are rapidly deteriorating

An estimated 1 million animal and plant species are at risk of extinction within decades and the threats to their survival are accelerating, according to a much-anticipated report on biodiversity from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The IPBES Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem…

Scientists appeal to Rajoelina to protect Madagascar’s biodiversity

Scientists from across the globe are placing some pressure on President Andry Rajoelina of Madagascar to ensure he makes biodiversity conservation a priority of his five-year term. The researchers from 16 different universities and organizations, including the University of Antananarivo, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Madagascar and the International Union…

Young Africans want opportunity, but want to stay in Africa

More than a third of all Africans consider migration in search of opportunity, especially as the continent’s young and educated populations continue to grow, according to new data from the Afrobarometer research organization based in Ghana. “Potential emigrants are overwhelmingly motivated by a hunger for jobs and economic opportunity,” said…

African climate champions named to ‘Climate 100’ list

As Africa Climate Week wraps up in Ghana comes news that two climate champions from the continent – climate change director Anthony Nyong at African Development Bank and African Union agronomist Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko of Angola, above – were named in the top tier of the “Climate 100.” This…

Benin a bright spot in new World Happiness Report

African nations facing critical challenges rarely rank well in the annual World Happiness Report, but there are variations – including a drop in happiness measures across the Middle East and North Africa, and West Africa as home to the most-improved country. The annual report released Wednesday evaluates happiness on the…

Remembering Sudan, and speaking out on wildlife extinction

It’s been one year since the death of Sudan, the world’s last male northern white rhino. He lived to be 45 before age-related health complications and infections claimed his life at Ol Pejeta, the conservancy in Nanyuki, Kenya, that Sudan called home. He left behind a daughter, Najin, and her…

Opinion: African women, a force for good on climate change

By Naza Alakija, Flourish Africa Climate change and issues relating to it has recently been at the forefront of much public debate. Nations globally are implementing new policies to win the race against climate change whilst others (a minority) neglect to acknowledge that it is actually happening. The United Nations…

SA’s Mlambo-Ngcuka puts African women in the spotlight

South Africa’s Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the executive director of United Nations Women, put innovation and the women of Africa in the spotlight for International Women’s Day. This year’s theme for the annual UN celebration, marked on Friday, is “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change.” In her statement, Mlambo-Ngcuka described the…