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Botswana issues maiden power generation licences to private producers

GABORONE (Reuters) - Botswana issued its first licences allowing three private companies to generate their own power which will mostly be destined for export, the energy regulator said on Thursday.

Madagascar: Government of Madagascar gets Euro 4 million from African Development Fund for Sahofika hydropower project

Download logoThe African Development Fund has approved a 4.02 million euro loan with a grant component to finance the Government of Madagascar’s 30 million euro equity investment in the Sahofika hydropower project, which will generate affordable, clean energy benefitting some 8 million people. The Sahofika project is located on the Onive River, 100 km southeast of the capital Antananarivo. It entails the construction of a 205 MW hydroelectric power plant on a Build-Own-Operate-Transfer

Senegal: A West African Leader on the Rise (By Thomas Hedley, Field Editor)

By Thomas Hedley, Field Editor Although they are located 1,800Km from each other, Côte d'Ivoire and Senegal vie for the place of economic leader in West Africa, with a slight advantage for the former which, thanks to its leading economic capital Abidjan, was able to attract many investors, particularly French speaking. The population of Senegal reached 15.85 million people in 2018 compared to 25 million in Côte d'Ivoire. The same difference can be observed when loo

African Development Bank welcomes $10 million Clean Technology Fund investment to diversify Ethiopia’s energy mix

Download logoThe African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) has welcomed a decision by the Trust Fund Committee of the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) (https://bit.ly/3dpAuyj), one of two funds within the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) (https://bit.ly/3fvTSeP), to extend a $10 million concessional senior loan for development of the 50 MW Tulu Moyo Geothermal Power Plant project in Ethiopia (https://bit.ly/2LdzuBn). The CTF approved the loan on 20 April 2020 for the project, which is seen a

African Oil Producer Urges Nigeria and African Countries to Take a Position on Energy and Economic Diversification

If there is one thing that the current COVID-19 and oil prices crises have demonstrated, it is that African oil-producing nations are still not economically diverse. Despite repeated actions taken by governments over the past decade to diversify their economies, especially following the 2014-2016 African recessions, not enough has been done. Economic crises in African oil producing countries this year will be so severe they could reach double digit economic recessions. As countries like Nig

3D printing helps the fight against COVID-19

Over recent years we have seen 3D printing becoming more accessible than ever and now this technology which seemed reserved for hi-tech conglomerates and spy movies is proving its worth in the fight against the Coronavirus. With the COVID-19 outbreak snowballing its way across the globe, medical supplies such as face masks, respirators and ventilators have become scarce and this shortage has prompted action by the 3D printing community and aficionados. From specialised masks to various breath

Coronavirus – Namibia: WHO supports supplies for front line health workers

The first United Nations ‘Solidarity’ flight started delivering vital medical supplies from last week to all countries in Africa where these are needed the most.  The flight was facilitated by the World Food Programme and included WHO supported supplies of face shields, gloves, goggles, gowns, masks, medical aprons and thermometers. Supplies for the Namibian government arrived in the country on 17 April 2020. Health care workers are at the front line of the COVID-19

Coronavirus – Africa (UNHCR): Staying and delivering for refugees amid COVID-19 crisis

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, detailed today a series of measures it is taking in its field operations to help respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency and prevent further spread. “I am deeply concerned at this unprecedented pandemic and its impact on refugees and their host communities. The COVID-19 crisis has already had significant consequences for our operations, forcing us to rapidly adjust the way we work. However, we are sparing no effort to help and protect refugees the best
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