News & Updates
United Nations Day
25 October 2016

United Nations Day

​United Nations Day is observed on the 24th October each year, 2016 marks the 71st anniversary of the United Nation’s creation in 1945. In his last United Nations Day message as Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon highlighted the major progress that has been made towards a more sustainable future through the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and in addressing the threat posed by climate change, through the Paris Agreement, which will enter into force on 4th November.

read more
World Polio Day
24 October 2016

World Polio Day

The World Polio Day is marked on 24th October with polio eradication partners celebrating the successes to date and raise awareness for the additional support needed to eradicate the disease and keep the world polio free. Conflict limits consistent access to high-risk populations in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, which in turn hinders efforts to vaccinate every single child under five and compromises early warning systems. In Nigeria, UNICEF launched a vaccination campaign in response to a rising crisis in its north-east state of Borno. Aiming to immunise more than 41 million children and prevent current polio outbreak from spreading to neighbouring countries, nearly 39,000 health workers were deployed across Nigeria and neighbouring Chad, Niger, Cameroon and the Central African Republic.

read more
Top 15 technology solutions transforming humanitarian relief and development aid in Africa
19 October 2016

Top 15 technology solutions transforming humanitarian relief and development aid in Africa

Developed at the South Africa National Bioinformatics Institute at the University of the Western Cape, Hyrax Biosciences has created a HIV drug testing technology in the cloud based on an Amazon Web Services (AWS). Exatype tests HIV drug resistance with unprecedented speed and accuracy and at a fraction of the cost (previously it cost 300-500$ to complete a single resistance test).

read more
World Food Day: “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too”
17 October 2016

World Food Day: “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too”

​The right to food is a basic human right; however, some 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy and active life. That equates to about one in nine people on earth. On Sunday 16th October, people around the world will come together to declare their commitment to eradicate hunger in our lifetime. Because when it comes to hunger, “the only acceptable number in the world is zero.” This year’s theme “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too” focuses on one of the most pressing issues related to climate change, food security.

read more
Global Handwashing Day: “Make Handwashing a Habit!”
14 October 2016

Global Handwashing Day: “Make Handwashing a Habit!”

​Global Handwashing Day, observed on the 15th October, is dedicated to spreading awareness and increasing understanding about the importance of washing hands with soap as an effective and affordable means of preventing disease and ultimately saving lives. Global Handwashing Day is endorsed by a wide array of governments, international institutions, civil society organizations, NGOs, private companies, and individuals; with over 200 million people being involved in celebrations in over 100 countries.

read more
Lessons learned from the recent drought response in Ethiopia
04 October 2016

Lessons learned from the recent drought response in Ethiopia

​Drought, worsened by El Niño effects, is having a devastating impact on the lives and livelihoods of 10.2 million Ethiopians. The lack of rainfall, and subsequent great drought, has caused a massive spike in humanitarian needs, which are expected to continue through the remaining of 2016 and well into next year. Close to 200 Government, UN, NGO and donor representatives visited affected communities across Ethiopia’s nine regions to assess humanitarian needs of the people affected by the crisis.

read more
Aid & Development Africa Summit 2016 Highlights
21 September 2016

Aid & Development Africa Summit 2016 Highlights

Gathering 250+ representatives from governments, UN agencies, NGOs, donors and private sector companies, the Aid & Development Africa Summit 2016 looked at how technological innovations and best practice can improve aid delivery and development strategy in East Africa. The AIDF Africa Summit provided comprehensive overview of the latest trends around humanitarian logistics, community health, WASH, security of aid workers and communities, camp management, mobile for development, financing, communication with communities and among aid agencies.

read more
Africa’s Mobile Money
21 September 2016

Africa’s Mobile Money

The importance of digital communication and finance is becoming increasingly important in Africa’s strides towards lifting the some of the poorest nations in Africa (and so by extension, the world) out of the extreme poverty they’ve come to know. Ericsson Ltd (telecommunications) has made the decision to establish the Emergency Wallet in order to supply African countries struggling with the cost of crises. Indeed, several African nations have benefitted greatly with the added economic growth; there approximately over 16 million active users with access to online banking services – with over two billion people with no online financial access, this is seen an area of vast potential.

read more
Sustainable water management in African agriculture
21 September 2016

Sustainable water management in African agriculture

In sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) where agriculture is predominantly rainfed, farmers’ access to water is often limited based on seasonal variation. Yet water scarcity in the region is not necessarily caused by a physical lack of water, but rather by an ‘economic water scarcity’. This implies that the necessary public investments in water resources and infrastructure are not substantial enough to meet water demands in an area where people do not have the means to make use of water sources on their own. In fact, in many parts of SSA there is plenty of water available.

read more
Kenya: Frozen lives of refugee populations
21 September 2016

Kenya: Frozen lives of refugee populations

Kenya has one of the largest refugee populations in the world. The East African country hosts over 600,000 registered refugees and asylum seekers. They are mostly from Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Eritrea, Burundi and Uganda. The majority of refugees in Kenya live in the Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps. It is estimated that more than 50,000 refugees and asylum seekers live in Kenya’s urban areas.

read more
Interview with Lena Wahlhed, Director Alliance Development, HemoCue at AIDF Africa Summit 2016
21 September 2016

Interview with Lena Wahlhed, Director Alliance Development, HemoCue at AIDF Africa Summit 2016

HemoCue is a global leader in a field of near patient testing. Our solutions are being used in high end hospitals as well as in the most rural undeveloped villages – without compromising accuracy. They are being used in emergency situations, in standard routine care as well as in mobile screening programs and mobile hospitals – in any climate. We have been on the African continent since > 15 years.

read more
Foresight Africa 2016: Africa’s priorities for the year ahead
21 September 2016

Foresight Africa 2016: Africa’s priorities for the year ahead

According to the Foresight Africa report, by the Brookings Institution‘s Africa Growth Initiative, in 2016, African countries will have to react to many changes and challenges coming from outside the continent such as shifting dynamics in the global economy; potential adverse effects of China’s and other emerging economies’ economic slowdown; and decreasing commodity prices, all of which will require mitigation and policy reform.

read more