Africa

Africa

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Timeline

April 30, 2020

African fintech firm Flutterwave launches SME e-commerce portal.

July 7, 2019

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari signs up to the $3 trillion Africa free trade agreement.

August 2018

VC firm TLcom Capital has closed its Tide Africa Fund at $71 million with plans to make up to 12 startup investments over the next 18 months.

2011

Huawei enters the Africa market in 2011 by launching a smartphone priced from $100 in Nigeria.

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Jason Burke
October 19, 2020
the Guardian
Mark Lowcoft criticises 'totally inadequate' effort to help Sahel countries adapt to global heating
October 7, 2020
Houston Chronicle
LONDON (AP) -- The World Health Organization, UNICEF and partners said there are about 2...
The Associated Press
October 7, 2020
CTVNews
Up to 150 million people could slip into extreme poverty, living on less than $1.90 a day, by late next year depending on how badly economies shrink during the COVID-19 pandemic, World Bank said Wednesday in an outlook grimmer than before.
By Pablo Uchoa
September 22, 2020
BBC News
A recent study warns that without intervention many of the continent's ancient sites could be lost.
Kate Hodal
September 23, 2020
the Guardian
Syrians in Aleppo flee government forces in February ... the country saw the most significant displacement this year since 2011. Photograph: Rami Al Sayed/AFP
Clément Girardot
September 21, 2020
the Guardian
Bacteriophages were superseded by modern antibiotics, but scientists believe they could be key to conquering antimicrobial resistance
Laura Spinney
September 18, 2020
the Guardian
Coronavirus artwork painted on a road in Bhopal, India, depicting its distinctive 'spikes'. Photograph: Sanjeev Gupta/EPA
Stephanie Vermillion
September 15, 2020
HowStuffWorks
Africa's Great Green Wall, which will be Earth's largest living structure once complete, has been designed to save the continent from desertification and encroachment by the Sahara.
Natalie Grover
September 14, 2020
the Guardian
Outbreaks of malaria linked to An. stephensi have been reported in Djibouti City, Ethiopia and Sudan. Photograph: CDC/Phanie/Rex/Shutterstock
DNA Web Team
September 10, 2020
DNA India
From US wildfires to torrential rains in Africa: A reminder of urgent action on climate change - In recent weeks, the world has seen ferocious wildfires in the US West, torrential rains in Africa, and record heat waves from California to the Siberian Arctic. Scientists say that this spate of wild weather is consistent with climate change.
Catherine Shu
September 8, 2020
TechCrunch
Thunes, a Singapore-based startup developing a cross-border payments network to make financial services more accessible in emerging markets, announced today it has raised a $60 million Series B. The round was led by Africa-focused firm Helios Investment Partners, with participation from Checkout.com, and returning investors GGV Capital and Future Shape. Thunes launched in 2019 when [...]
Jonathan Watts Global environment editor
September 7, 2020
the Guardian
Report calls for more support if plan to plant 100m hectares of vegetation is to be realised
Associated Press
September 1, 2020
the Guardian
Environmentalists fear changing Kenya's resolve would lead to all of Africa becoming a plastics dumping ground
The Associated Press
September 1, 2020
CTVNews
The oil industry has asked the United States to pressure Kenya to change its world-leading stance against the plastic waste that litters Africa, according to environmentalists who fear the continent will be used as a dumping ground.
Editorial
August 30, 2020
the Guardian
A health worker administers a polio vaccine to a child in north-west Nigeria. 'The global project has involved 20 million volunteers vaccinating nearly 3 billion children.' Photograph: AFP/Getty
Peerzada Abrar
August 30, 2020
@bsindia
The edtech firm is doubling down on global expansion in markets such as the Middle East, Africa and the Far East, and expects to cross Rs 500 crore revenues in FY2020-21
By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer
August 26, 2020
Houston Chronicle
A destructive storm is rising from warm waters. Again. America and the world are getting more frequent and bigger multibillion dollar tropical catastrophes like Hurricane Laura, which is menacing the U.S. Gulf Coast, because of a combination of increased coastal development, natural climate cycles, reductions in air pollution and man-made climate change, experts say. The list of recent whoppers keeps growing: Harvey, Irma, Maria, Florence, Michael, Dorian. And hurricane experts have no doubt that Laura will be right there with them. It's a mess at least partially of our own making, said Susan Cutter, director of the Hazards and Vulnerability Institute at the University of South Carolina. "We are seeing an increase of intensity of these phenomena because we as a society are fundamentally changing the Earth and at the same time we are moving to locations that are more hazardous," Cutter said Wednesday. In the last three years, the United States has had seven hurricane disasters that each caused at least $1 billion in damage, totaling $335 billion. In all of the 1980s, there were six, and their damage totaled $38.2 billion, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. All those figures are adjusted for the cost of living. The Atlantic is increasingly spawning more major hurricanes, according to an Associated Press analysis of NOAA hurricane data since 1950. That designation refers to storms with at least 111-mile-per-hour (179-kilometer-per-hour) winds that are the ones that do the most damage. The Atlantic now averages three major hurricanes a year, based on a 30-year running average. In the 1980s and 1990s, it was two. The Atlantic's Accumulated Cyclone Energy - a measurement that takes into account the number of storms, their strength and...
IANS
August 27, 2020
@bsindia
ICRC said it has registered nearly 44,000 people as missing in Africa with nearly half of them children
Naomi Scherbel-Ball
August 25, 2020
BBC News
Nigeria is now rid of wild polio having had more than half of global cases less than 10 years ago.
Matshidiso Moeti
August 26, 2020
the Guardian
The legacy of a successful battle is now helping combat Covid, but we must stay vigilant, says WHO's Africa regional director
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