Was Davos a success for Africa?

Was Davos a success for Africa?

On Thursday the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) released a statement on the launch of the New Deal on Energy at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The aim of the deal is to attain universal access to energy in Africa by 2025, in order to achieve this goal,…

A businessman’s solution to Uganda’s currency woes

A businessman’s solution to Uganda’s currency woes

Uganda entrepreneur Andrew Rugasira on January 10th launched Good African Chocolate to complement his existing line of Good African Coffees. Rugasira is hoping to leverage his decade long experience in getting his coffee onto western retail shelves to do the same for his chocolates. He is under no illusion that…

Paul Busharizi is currently a contributing editor (Business & Politics) at the Uganda's leading daily the New Vision.

Thanks to green growth, Gabon is at the forefront of a sustainable Africa

Thanks to green growth, Gabon is at the forefront of a sustainable Africa

  In 2011, Yale University ranked Gabon first among African countries for the Environmental Performance Index (EPI). This was no accident. In the last 5 years, Gabon has undertaken a deep transformation of its economy in order to follow a more sustainable model of economic development. Thanks to its efforts…

Former senior executive in the financial services and import-export divisions of several French private companies, Maixent Accrombessi has risen within the Gabonese state apparatus since 1997.

COP21: the good and the bad for Africa

Just before global leaders gathered in December 2015 for the COP21, the world was inundated with news on the changes our climate has undergone in recent decades. The scientific and non-scientific communities released proofs demonstrating that the world is nearing the biggest man-made disaster in the history of mankind. Although the…

Erukilede Julius

Erukilede Julius is a legal practitioner, entrepreneur and energy professional.

Mandera quarries closed due to security reasons

The Kenyan government announced on December 1 that all quarries in Mandera must be closed immediately due to security reasons. “We have asked miners to leave for their homes until next year because we need time to organize our security team and they also need to be with their families,”…

Uganda’s sugar industry in danger of implosion

The El Nino rains and cane poaching are expected to affect Uganda’s sugar production, the latter issue will also affects the long term viability of an industry which has made a remarkable recovery after years of neglect. Uganda last year produced 438,000 tons of sugar way above the local demand…

Paul Busharizi

Paul Busharizi is currently a contributing editor (Business & Politics) at the Uganda's leading daily the New Vision.

What’s being done about the persistent power blackouts in Malawi?

Malawi – Businesses in the country have received heavy blows after persistent power blackouts which have rocked the country since August this year. The state-owned power producing company in Malawi – Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) – announced in August this year that the problem is due to ‘insufficient…

Charles Pensulo

Charles Pensulo is a Malawian based journalist.

Solar energy transforming lives in Kenya

Africa was dubbed the ‘dark continent’ due to the little knowledge that Europeans held about its populations and history. However, the phrase could be taking on a new meaning due to the fact that more than three quarters of the continent’s population live in rural areas and aren’t connected to the…

Lydia Limbe

Lydia Limbe is a freelance features writer who is based in Nairobi Kenya and has covered different parts of Africa, including the Indian Ocean Islands.

Tanzanian miners rescued

Tanzania has been highlighted in the media for a myriad of issues lately, in recent days the story of five miners who were trapped underground for 41 days. The miners were found alive this Sunday in the Kahama District of Tanzania. They were immediately rushed to hospital where their conditions…

Drought in South Africa

South Africa is facing a massive drought one of the worst in the past two decades. On Friday the South African government gave a media briefing on the conditions of the drought in the country. The briefing detailed that “South Africa is a water scarce country and ranks as one…

Addressing clean energy needs in Africa – solar power

Three years ago, Rehema Kanama nearly left from her off grid rural home in western Uganda for a better life in the city. But the 35-year old single mother quickly changed her mind after signing a lease agreement with Solar Now, for a solar connection. Today she no longer has…

Diana Taremwa Karakire

Diana Taremwa Karakire is a freelance journalist based in Uganda.

Malawi Government erred on the oil and gas exploration deal

New revelations show that Malawi’s Government has erred by issuing two exploration licences for gas and oil on the World Heritage site of Lake Malawi including the National Park marine protected area which could seriously dent the country’s image in environmental conservation. Godfrey Mfiti, Environmental Activist in Southern Africa says…

Owen Nyaka

Owen has been a jounalist since 2001 and worked in a number of print and electronic media including the Malawi's lone news agency.

Energy challenges in Africa: solution channels and SME participatory opportunities

“Africa could easily be growing at double-digit GDP rates if we solve this problem of energy,” – were the words of the newly elected and eight president of the Africa Development Bank – Akinwunmi Adesina (past Nigerian Minister of Agriculture). He also mentioned that solving the continent’s acute power shortages…

Abiodun Dominic Odunuga

Abiodun Dominic Odunuga is a development practitioner and social entrepreneur.

Uganda oil pipeline threatens regional alliance

A recent deal between Uganda and Tanzania to explore the viability of a joint pipeline may threaten the relationship with Kenya, which was first in line for the project. Last week Kampala announced it had signed a deal with Tanzania and oil company Total to explore the possibility of an…

Paul Busharizi

Paul Busharizi is currently a contributing editor (Business & Politics) at the Uganda's leading daily the New Vision.

Zimbabwe power crisis – what now?

ZIMBABWE has been under the international radar for over a decade on many fronts, politics, human rights abuses and the economy. However, international watches might struggle to pick up a signal over the Southern African country. This is largely due to unprecedented power cuts leading six in 10 people have…

Bhejane Nqobile Bhebhe

Bhejane Nqobile Bhebhe is a Zimbabwe journalist based in the capital, Harare.