2019 Africa Investment Forum kicks off delivering on the promise to redefine and unpack the continent’s investment opportunities

• $500 million equity closed for the Africa Infrastructure Investment Fund to speed up investments in agriculture  • Financial close for the Africa Guarantee Fund $175 Equity transaction to support Small and Medium Size Enterprises, ...

2019 Africa Visa Openness Index: African Union Commission, African Development Bank report shows wins in visa restrictions across Africa

- For the first time, on average, Africans can travel to approximately 27 countries visa-free or with a visa on arrival – Ethiopia moves up a record 32 places on the Index, entering the top 20 most visa-open countries in Africa By ...

How can Taps, Toilets & Good Hygiene Help Ensure Sustainable & Resilient Agricultural Supply Chains?

Credit: WaterAid/ James Kiyimba By Ruth RomerLONDON, Nov 12 2019 – Water underpins the global economy and agriculture is by far the world’s largest water consumer, accounting for 70% of freshwater withdrawals. Global water demands ...

2019 African Investment Forum builds on 2018 successes, attracts growing international interest

By African Development BankJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Nov 12 2019 (IPS-Partners) The Africa Investment Forum is making phenomenal progress in attracting interest from all over the world since launching at the Sandton Convention Centre last ...

Cairo Dream Requires $264 Billion to Deliver Women’s Call for Justice and Bold Leadership

By Joyce ChimbiNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 12 2019 – For each of the 830 women dying each day from pregnancy complications and childbirth, an estimated 20 others suffer serious injuries, infections or disabilities. This is the reality that millions ...

Nairobi Summit to Redouble Efforts to Urgently Deal with Reproductive Rights for Women and Girls

ICPD25 opening, Crown Princess Mary from Denmark with President Uhuru Kenyatta (middle ), and the key speakers. Credit: ICPD25 By Mantoe PhakathiNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 12 2019 – More than 6 000 delegates in the population development ...

When is Universal Health Coverage Good for Attaining Universal Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights?

UNFPA-supported midwives ensured that this young woman gave birth safely in Bor Hospital, South Sudan. © UNFPA South Sudan By Julitta OnabanjoJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Nov 12 2019 – This is a special year for all rights-based health ...

The Slippery Slope to Autonomous Killing Machines

Credit: United Nations By Maaike BeenesUTRECHT, The Netherlands, Nov 11 2019 – Would you trust an algorithm with your life? If that thought makes you uncomfortable, then you should be concerned about the artificial intelligence (AI) ...

Call to Action as Thousands Breathe New Life to the Cairo Promise at ICPD 25 Summit in Nairobi This Week

Investment to Make Africa a World leader in Renewables

Kenya’s Lake Turkana Wind Power project opened in July is generates 300 MW of wind power. Credit: Isaiah Esipisu/IPS By Nalisha AdamsJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Nov 11 2019 – Africa, where close to half of its 1.2 billion people have ...