Archive for the ‘Africa’ Category

A Kenyan eye clinic with a long vision


Kenya’s Hurlingham Eye Care Services – a company founded in 2007 by three female doctors – started with small steps but with a long vision.

In the last six years the firm, which opened with just a few patients, has become East Africa’s leading eye clinic and offers a wide range of services, from eye tests to laser surgery.

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A Malawian fashion designer’s colourful dreams


Malawi’s Lilly Alfonso dreams about her future in colours as vibrant as those of the clothes she makes.

New York, London, Milan and Cape Town are some of the cities that come to her mind when asked where she would like to see her designs 10 years from now.

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Zambian open window gave restaurant lift-off


Sylvia Banda is one of Zambia’s most enthusiastic champions of local food and has been using her business, Sylva Professional Catering, to promote her cause.

By purchasing her ingredients from regional, small-scale farmers, she showcases the country’s bounty to the upscale clientele who employ her catering services.

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Putting the Bang! into business in Tanzania


Bang! is Tanzania’s first lifestyle magazine.  Nine years ago, without any experience in journalism, Tanzania’s Emelda Mwamanga started her country’s first lifestyle publication, Bang! magazine, which now also reaches audiences in neighbouring Uganda, Kenya and Zambia.

She had returned home from South Africa shortly after completing a degree in Industrial, Organisational and Labour Studies at the University of Cape Town, and was working as a human resource officer for Coca Cola when she decided to publish her magazine on the side.

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Democratic Governance progress in Africa


Over the last two decades, as a result of intense national and regional efforts to institutionalize democracy in Africa, the continent has seen a virtual sea of change in governance, creating opportunities for citizens’ engagement in public affairs, increasing government accountability, and improving macro-economic policy-making.

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Poverty Reduction and the MDGs

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Over the past decade, Sub-Saharan Africa’s impressive economic performance has resulted in marginal poverty reduction, with the proportion of people living on less than US$ 1.25 a day decreasing from 56.5 percent in 1990 to 47.5 percent in 2008.

Poverty in Africa Begins With a Lack of Clean Water


The lack of water is an often insurmountable obstacle to helping oneself. You can’t grow food, you can’t build housing, you can’t stay healthy, you can’t stay in school and you can’t keep working.

Without clean water, the possibility of breaking out of the cycle of poverty is incredibly slim.

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African nations increase farm spending, winning poverty battle


President Barack Obama hosts the leaders of four African nations this week, all of which are cited in a new report for effectively increasing spending on agriculture to combat extreme poverty and hunger.

The report by the ONE Campaign, an anti-poverty group co-founded by Irish rockers Bono and Bob Geldof, said Senegal, Malawi, Cape Verde and Sierra Leone either met or were close to meeting targets for increased budget spending on agriculture.

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Africa’s boom not denting poverty enough, economists say


Fast-paced African countries may have growth rates that are the envy of developed economies, but the continent’s boom has failed in recent years to significantly dent poverty levels, economists say.

Sub-Saharan Africa is set to grow by 5.6 percent this year, according to latest figures from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), with 18 countries hitting at least six percent.

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Transforming to create jobs and end poverty in Africa


Africa today presents a mixed picture. Economic growth is defying expectations. Yet, the continent as a whole is short of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for 2015. The challenge then is to make growth equitable and strengthen policy interventions for reducing poverty. The question is how? The answer is the structural transformation of African economies.

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