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Sokowatch raises $14M to digitize Africa’s informal B2B supply-chain

Kenya based B2B e-commerce startup Sokowatch has raised $14 million in Series A funding toward its mission of revamping supply-chain markets for Africa’s informal retailers. From Nairobi, the company has created a platform that connects merchants directly to local and multinational suppliers — such as Unilever and Proctor and Gamble — and digitizes orders, payments and delivery-logistics. Since launching in 2016, and raising a $2 million seed round in 2018, Sokowatch has expanded within...
Tags: TC, Business, Entrepreneurship, Africa, Marketing, Tech, Unilever, Ceo, Economy, Uganda, Pwc, Retail, West Africa, Kenya, Private Equity, Tanzania

SXSW Pitch Finalist: Hemafuse

A demonstration of Hemafuse at the launch event with Amref Health Africa in Kenya. The Forrest Four-Cast: February 20, 2020 Technology impacts all facets of human life, and sometimes it can save it. That’s the mission driving products like Hemafuse, one of 50 finalists for SXSW Pitch 2020.Because of a global donor blood shortage, particularly in emerging markets, clinicians and patients don’t have enough access to donor blood. Carolyn Yarina, Co-Founder and CEO of Sisu Global Health. “Right...
Tags: Health, Startups, Europe, Entrepreneurship, China, India, Africa, Startup, Aol, Innovation, Kenya, Michigan, Baltimore, University Of Maryland, Steve Case, Sxsw

Aqua Rwanda – The First Perfume Made in Sub-Saharan Africa

On the first of August, 2018, the Rwanda based perfume brand AQUA RWANDA was launched in Kigali. The brand presented their eponymous unisex fragrances in two editions; a Perfume Intense and an Eau de Toilette. A month later, the fragrances were offered for purchase in the Duty Free section onboard RwandAir aircrafts and they quickly became the best-seller amongst all fragrances and perfumes. The f... Read full article: Aqua Rwanda – The First Perfume Made in Sub-Saharan Africa from Fragrantica ...
Tags: Fashion, Rwanda, Kigali, Sub Saharan Africa, Fragrantica Perfumes, Eau de Toilette

Geography, age and anemia shape childhood vaccine responses in Sub-Saharan Africa

Vaccine responses in the developing immune systems of children may depend on factors such as age, location and anemia status, according to a study comparing samples from 1,119 Dutch children to 171 children in sub-Saharan Africa who took part in a malaria vaccine trial.
Tags: Science, Saharan Africa, Sub Saharan Africa

Climate Refugees Cannot Be Forced Home, U.N. Panel Says in Landmark Ruling

Climate refugees cannot be sent home, the U.N. Human Rights Committee ruled in a landmark judgment. “The decision sets a global precedent,” Kate Schuetze, Amnesty International’s Pacific Researcher said Monday, in response to the news. “It says a state will be in breach of its human rights obligations if it returns someone to a country where – due to the climate crisis – their life is at risk, or in danger of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment triggered.” While the judgment is not bindi...
Tags: News, Climate Change, Uncategorized, New Zealand, Amnesty International, World Bank, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Pacific Island, Sub Saharan Africa, U N Committee, U N Human Rights Committee, South Tarawa, Forced Home U N Panel Says, Schuetze, Amnesty International The Pacific Islands

Catalyst Fund gets $15M from JP Morgan, UK Aid to back 30 EM fintech startups

The Catalyst Fund has gained $15 million in new support from JP Morgan and UK Aid and will back 30 fintech startups in Africa, Asia, and Latin America over the next three years. The Boston based accelerator provides mentorship and non-equity funding to early-stage tech ventures focused on driving financial inclusion in emerging and frontier markets. That means connecting people who may not have access to basic financial services — like a bank account, credit or lending options — to those product...
Tags: TC, Asia, UK, Money, Entrepreneurship, Mexico, Finance, Wall Street, Boston, India, Nigeria, Africa, Digital, Tech, Ceo, Economy

Into Africa: tech leaders weigh in on Jack Dorsey’s planned move to the continent

It’s not every day that the CEO of a large Silicon Valley tech company decides to relocate to a different part of the world in order to learn more about it — particularly a frequently maligned and often overlooked by big-business part. But Jack Dorsey, the American tech entrepreneur who co-founded and leads not one, but two publicly listed companies (Twitter and Square) is not your typical CEO. Dressed down, bearded, often wearing a wooly hat and speaking in a slow, quiet voice, you might even ...
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Economic freedom, not government programs, key to reducing poverty

People have struggled with how best to deal with poverty since the earliest societies, but the answer is apparent if we merely look to history. From the Renaissance to the Industrial Revolution to modern times, poverty has been most radically and rapidly alleviated whenever people are free to work in an occupation of their choosing, keep the fruits of their labors, acquire and maintain private property, and rely on a stable legal system to protect their personal and economic freedoms. In recent ...
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These donation-worthy organizations are out to crush HIV. They are getting close.

HIV/AIDS didn’t go from death sentence to manageable illness because of wishful thinking. It happened because people came together — activists, entertainers, leaders, scientists, regular folks both poz and neg—and committed to making it happen not matter what it took. Here are just five of our favorite advocacy groups making a huge difference today. AdBridg.cmd.push(function() { AdBridg.display("div-gpt-ad-inarticle1"); }); As the holidays approach, these are perfect orgs to make your year-en...
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Insight into the neglected tropical disease sleeping sickness

Researchers have shed light on how the parasite which causes sleeping sickness multiples inside its host. Human African Trypanosomiasis or sleeping sickness, only occurs in Sub-Saharan Africa where an estimated 60 million people in 36 countries are at risk. The infection attacks the central nervous system and is fatal without treatment. Researchers have found that the parasite's cell division differs from that of humans and animals.
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Meet MiaDonna: The Ethically Sourced Diamond Brand You Need to Know

Happy Black Friday, friends! Thanksgiving weekend is always one of our favorite weekends of the year. Couples start to get engaged, families and friends are cozied up together (with pie!), and the best sales of the season are released to help us usher in holiday shopping or simply treat ourselves. There are few things better than the holiday season… except wedding season, of course! But, to keep our topic of Black Friday shopping going… what sales are you hoping to check out today? One we defini...
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Senegal’s NIMA Codes to launch address app in 15 African countries

Senegalese startup NIMA Codes — a digital mapping service for locations without formal addresses  —  has upgraded its app and plans to go live in 15 African countries in 2020. The pre-seed stage startup launched in 2018 around an API that uses mobile-phone numbers to catalog coordinates for unregistered homes and businesses in Senegal. NIMA Codes is adding a chat tool to its platform, to help users locate and comment on service providers, and is integrating a photo-based location identifier, NIM...
Tags: Android, TC, Uber, Africa, Tech, Senegal, United States, Transport, West Africa, Kenya, Commuting, Ibm, Api, North America, Google Maps, Carsharing

How to bring affordable, sustainable electricity to Africa | Rose M. Mutiso

Energy poverty, or the lack of access to electricity and other basic energy services, affects nearly two-thirds of Sub-Saharan Africa. As the region's population continues to increase, so will the need to build a new energy system to grow with it, says Rose M. Mutiso. In a bold talk, she discusses how a balanced mix of solutions like solar, wind farms, geothermal power and modern grids could create a high-energy future for Africa -- providing reliable electricity, creating jobs and raising incom...
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How affordable agricultural technology is solving food insecurity in Nigeria

The global population is predicted to grow by 2 billion by 2050 and with more than half of that growth coming from Sub-Saharan Africa, addressing food insecurity has become a matter of urgency. In Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria, food insecurity is on the rise; almost 8 percent of the population was found to be undernourished in 2015, compared with 6 percent in 2007, according to the World Bank’s development indicators. This presents both a challenge and an opportunity for smallholder fa...
Tags: Startups, Nigeria, Africa, Future Of Work, Tech, World, Un, World Bank, Sub Saharan Africa, Syndication, Agriculture Organization FAO

Microsoft Plans To Bring Internet Access To 40 Million People By 2022

Almost 30 years after the World Wide Web was first invented, there are still billions of people that don't have access to any sort of internet connectivity. Microsoft wants to change that by using its 2017 Airband Initiative to streamline efforts to build out internet access across Africa, Latin America and Asia. "Moving forward, the company plans to connect 40 million people across the world to the internet by 2022," reports Engadget. From the report: Initially, Microsoft will focus on rural an...
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Investing in women’s reproductive health makes economic sense

There is no gender equality without access to reproductive health services, including access to contraceptives and safe abortions. In fact, economists are paying increasing attention to the economic benefits of investing in women’s reproductive health and finding gains not only for women but also for their families and for the economy at large. Yet several governments around the world, including the United States, are restricting women’s access to contraception and safe abortion services. The In...
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Chipper Cash convinces Joe Montana to invest in African fintech

The African no-fee, cross-border payment startup Chipper Cash has raised a $2.4 million seed round led by Deciens Capital. The payments company also persuaded 500 Startups and Liquid 2 Ventures—co-founded by Joe Montana—to join the round. Chipper Cash’s Ugandan chief executive, Ham Serunjogi, pitched the U.S. football legend directly. “He was quite excited about what we’re doing and his belief that the next wave of [tech] growth will come from…Africa,” Serunjogi told TechCrunch. Chipper Cash wen...
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Africa’s mobile-based healthcare initiatives need regulatory and community support – not just funding

As a community health worker tasked with tracking infant vaccinations in Kenya, Collince Oluoch was overwhelmed by the burdens of the job. He encountered mothers with no record of their children’s vaccinations, caregivers who could not remember clinic visits and colleagues who fudged figures. “Is there not a better way to track this vital health information?” he wondered. Technological advancements such as mHealth – the use of mobile and wireless technologies including mobile phones to support h...
Tags: Startups, Business, Africa, Tech, World, Kenya, Sub Saharan Africa, Syndication, Collince Oluoch

Photos of local birds for local people

I say local…most of them are anything but local having winged their way back to Old Blighty from their winter homes in Sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere. Common Whitethroat on Hawthorn along a Fenland drove Our local bird world is awhirl right now, with lots of the summer migrants. Of course, the farmland residents, Meadow Pipits, Skylarks, Corn Buntings, Yellowhammers, are all very active too, and the countless Linnets and Goldfinches. Corn Bunting among the rape on a Cambridgeshire farm ...
Tags: Photography, Birds, Cambridgeshire, Hawthorn, Sub Saharan Africa, Fenland, Montagu, Reed Warblers

Local birds for local people

I say local…most of them are anything but local having winged their way back to Old Blighty from their winter homes in Sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere. Corn Bunting among the rape on a Cambridgeshire farm Our local bird world is awhirl right now, with lots of the summer migrants. Of course, the farmland residents, Meadow Pipits, Skylarks, Corn Buntings, Yellowhammers, are all very active too, and the countless Linnets and Goldfinches. Common Whitethroat on Hawthorn along a Fenland drove ...
Tags: Birds, Cambridgeshire, Hawthorn, Sub Saharan Africa, Fenland, Montagu, Reed Warblers, Turtle Dove

Intervention increases healthy behavior among South African adolescents

Once plagued by malaria and tuberculosis, Sub-Saharan Africa now sees non-communicable diseases like diabetes and heart disease as some of the leading causes of death. To lower the risk of these, citizens must be educated on and motivated to engage in healthy behaviors. University of Pennsylvania researchers developed and tested an intervention with South African youth that increased healthy eating and physical activity among participants for at least 4.5 years.
Tags: University of Pennsylvania, Sub Saharan Africa

World's First Malaria Vaccine Launches In Sub-Saharan Africa

It took more than 30 years to develop. The hope is it will eventually save tens of thousands of lives each year. But there are a few issues.(Image credit: Sean McMinn/NPR)
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IHG signs agreement with Valor Hospitality Partners Africa

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world's leading hotel companies, has signed a Master Development Agreement with Valor Hospitality Partners Africa to roll out multiple franchise hotels over the next 10 years, across IHG's portfolio of brands in midscale, upscale and luxury segments. The agreement will see IHG expand its presence in Sub-Saharan Africa, including key countries such as South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Mauritius, Ethiopia, Zambia and Kenya. The development ...
Tags: Travel, Africa, America, Middle East, Ihg, Kenya, South East Asia, InterContinental Hotels Group IHG, Sub Saharan Africa, Valor Hospitality Partners, Valor Hospitality Partners Africa, Valor Hospitality Partners Global, UK Middle East South Africa

DHL launches Africa eShop app for global retailers to sell into Africa

DHL is launching an e-commerce app called DHL Africa eShop for global retailers to sell goods to Africa’s consumers markets. The platform goes live today and brings more than 200 U.S. and UK retailers—from Nieman Marcus to Carters—online in 11 African markets: South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Mauritius, Ghana, Senegal, Rwanda, Malawi, Botswana, Sierra Leone, and Uganda. DHL Africa eShop will operate using startup’s white label service, Link Commerce. Payment methods wi...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Business, UK, Ebay, Nigeria, Africa, Marketing, Tech, Senegal, E-commerce, Ceo, Economy, Online Shopping, Uganda, United States

Socks That Plant Trees

Let's get right to the root of it: more trees = better lives. That's why these subtly arboreal socks (i.e. featuring a beautiful shade of green and small tree symbol were made. Each pair benefits the Trees for the Future organization, which works with 3,000 farming families across Sub-Saharan Africa to implement forest gardening programs—that means more nutritious food, sustainable practices that lessen the burden on women and children, and decreased pressure on forests since the families are mo...
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AfricInvest and Cathay Capital launch Pan-African venture fund

AfricInvest and Cathay Capital have teamed up to form Cathay Africinvest Innovation Fund, a Pan-African venture fund. The fund’s target is 150 million euros (about $168 million). PRESS RELEASE AfricInvest, a leading private equity firm in Africa with $1.5bn in assets under management, and Cathay Innovation, the global venture capital fund, created in affiliation with Cathay Capital Private Equity, are pleased to announce today their association for the fundraising and management of the “Cathay A...
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Scientists identify a key gene in the transmission of deadly African sleeping sickness

An international team of life scientists has identified a key gene in the transmission of African sleeping sickness -- a severe disease transmitted by the bite of an infected, blood-sucking tsetse fly, which is common in Sub-Saharan Africa. The disease is fatal if untreated. Tens of millions of people in 36 countries are at risk. There is no vaccine, and conventional drug treatments are not very effective and have severe side effects.
Tags: Science, Sub Saharan Africa

World Happiness Report Finds That People Are Feeling Worse

According to the 2019 World Happiness Report, negative feelings are rising around the world—and the United States is particularly hard-hit with an “epidemic of addictions.” Tellingly, the report also shows a widening happiness gap, with some people reporting much more well-being and others showing much less within each country. Released annually on the International Day of Happiness, the World Happiness Report ranks countries based on their life satisfaction in the Gallup World Poll. Residents...
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Nala has built a hassle-free, offline mobile money payment platform for Africa

Benjamin Fernandes, the Tanzanian co-founder chief executive of Nala, spent hundreds of hours talking to local Tanzanians about their frustrations with mobile money payment services before he launched his new payment platform. While at least a hundred million Africans hold mobile money accounts, the process of transacting over the services is difficult, so Tala made an application that acts as an interface on top of the unstructured supplementary service data layer to make money transfers and pa...
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Pope Francis’ visit to Morocco to focus on migration

CASABLANCA, Morocco (AP) — Morocco’s bishops say migration issues will top the agenda when Pope Francis visits the country that is a key transit point for migrants trying to reach Europe at the end of the month. The Catholic church in Morocco mainly works with people from Sub-Saharan Africa who make up 50 to 70 […]
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