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AfDB launches $3bn 'Fight Covid-19' Social Bond
AfDB launches $3bn 'Fight Covid-19' Social Bond

The African Development Bank's new $3bn Fight Covid-19 Social Bond is the largest dollar-denominated social bond ever launched in international capital markets to date...

3 hours ago

Coronavirus: Recognising illegal wildlife trade as a public health issue
Coronavirus: Recognising illegal wildlife trade as a public health issue

There will be few positives to take from coronavirus. But the global pandemic may yet prove to be an important moment in the attempts to address the illegal wildlife trade...

By Simon Evans 3 days ago

[WATCH] Bill Gates on testing and self-isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic
[WATCH] Bill Gates on testing and self-isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic

In a 2015 TED Talk, following the containment of the Ebola virus in West Africa, philanthropist and Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates warned that "failure to prepare could allow the next epidemic to be dramatically more devastating".

26 Mar 2020

Why defeating coronavirus in one country isn't enough - there needs to be a coordinated global strategy
Why defeating coronavirus in one country isn't enough - there needs to be a coordinated global strategy

As long as the virus is present in any country, it can reenter those that have managed to slow it down - or even ones that eventually eradicate it...

By Nader Habibi 25 Mar 2020

Covid-19: World's response has slashed CO2 emissions - here's how to keep them down
Covid-19: World's response has slashed CO2 emissions - here's how to keep them down

How do you respond to a crisis? It's obvious that the response to the Covid-19 pandemic has been dramatically different to anything provoked by repeated scientific warnings about climate change...

By Simone Abram 24 Mar 2020

Simple, fact-informed hygiene measures can help slow Covid-19 spread in Africa
Simple, fact-informed hygiene measures can help slow Covid-19 spread in Africa

The number of coronavirus cases in Kenya has jumped to at least 15 (by 23 March) after the government confirmed more cases...

By Siddharth Chatterjee 23 Mar 2020

Why a one-size-fits-all approach to Covid-19 could have lethal consequences
Why a one-size-fits-all approach to Covid-19 could have lethal consequences

Suppose you had the choice between two health policies, A and B. Policy A would result in the death of a lot of elderly people...

By Alex Broadbent and Benjamin T H Smart 23 Mar 2020

Seychelle's Blue Economy secures financial backing from AfDB
Seychelle's Blue Economy secures financial backing from AfDB

The African Development Bank has signed an $800,000 grant agreement with the government of Seychelles to support micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in its Blue Economy sector...

20 Mar 2020

Masterclass unpacks ethics of sustainability within African fashion
Masterclass unpacks ethics of sustainability within African fashion

The first in a series of masterclasses held by AFI tackled the topic of sustainability in the local fashion industry...

18 Mar 2020

Radisson Hotels to reduce single-use plastics globally
Radisson Hotels to reduce single-use plastics globally

The Radisson Hotel Group is set to launch a global roll-out plan of plastic reduction - including the introduction of bulk amenities in all hotels across the group's portfolio by 2022...

11 Mar 2020

Global progress on gender equality 'limping along' - new report
Global progress on gender equality 'limping along' - new report

Recently released research shows that 67 out of the 129 countries studied, and home to 2.1 billion girls and women, won't achieve any of the set gender equality targets...

6 Mar 2020

#Coronavirus: WHO switches to response mode in fighting Covid-19 in Africa
#Coronavirus: WHO switches to response mode in fighting Covid-19 in Africa

With confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Algeria, Senegal, Nigeria and South Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) is changing from a readiness to a response mode in the African region...

6 Mar 2020

Battling the damaging effects of 'fast fashion'
Battling the damaging effects of 'fast fashion'

The numbers are astronomical: to make one pair of jeans, it takes close to 8,000 litres of water - the amount a person drinks over seven years. Even a simple cotton shirt requires close to 3,000 litres of water...

By Pavithra Rao 5 Mar 2020

Why billionaire climate philanthropists will always be part of the problem
Why billionaire climate philanthropists will always be part of the problem

Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO and the richest man alive, recently made headlines after pledging to donate $10bn to a new "Bezos Earth Fund"...

By Heather Alberro 3 Mar 2020

Commonwealth secretary-general advocates for climate justice
Commonwealth secretary-general advocates for climate justice

Secretary-general Patricia Scotland said the Commonwealth advocates for changes in policies, modification of behaviour and curbs in pollution to reverse damage to our environment and ensure climate justice...

2 Mar 2020

How heat can be used to store renewable energy
How heat can be used to store renewable energy

The effect that fossil fuels are having on the climate emergency is driving an international push to use low-carbon sources of energy...

By Antoine Koen and Pau Farres Antunez 27 Feb 2020

Eco-artist Sarah Turner's giant suitcase made of plastic is on display at Heathrow.
BA plans to remove 30,000 suitcases of plastic from their flights

British Airways has set a new target to remove more than 700 tonnes of single-use plastic on board its flights in 2020...

27 Feb 2020

New report offers solutions to gaping digital gap between Commonwealth countries
New report offers solutions to gaping digital gap between Commonwealth countries

A recently released report has revealed the broad digital gap between high and low income Commonwealth countries...

24 Feb 2020

New report presses for radical rethink on child health
New report presses for radical rethink on child health

According to a new report released this week by a commission of over 40 child and adolescent health experts from around the world, no single country is adequately protecting children's health...

20 Feb 2020

4 African finalists make the shortlist for Commonwealth Youth Awards 2020
4 African finalists make the shortlist for Commonwealth Youth Awards 2020

All 16 finalists will each receive a trophy, a certificate and £1,000 to expand the scope of their projects...

19 Feb 2020

SDG7 under the spotlight at Africa Energy Forum 2020
SDG7 under the spotlight at Africa Energy Forum 2020

The 2020 Africa Energy Forum will take place in Barcelona, Spain from 30 June to 3 July under the overarching theme of 'Investment and impact'...

18 Feb 2020

HP empowers women and entrepreneurs in Africa
HP empowers women and entrepreneurs in Africa

Elisabeth Moreno, vice president and managing director of HP Africa, elaborates on HP's efforts in cultivating entrepreneurship and women empowerment through technology...

By Imran Salie 18 Feb 2020

Major airlines say they're acting on climate change. Our research reveals how little they've achieved
Major airlines say they're acting on climate change. Our research reveals how little they've achieved

We analysed what the world's top 58 airlines - such as American Airlines, British Airways and Qantas - are doing about climate change. Even the best airlines are not doing anywhere near enough...

By Susanne Becken 17 Feb 2020

Adidas and Ikea lead 2020 sustainable cotton ranking
Adidas and Ikea lead 2020 sustainable cotton ranking

Adidas has surged ahead to become a global leader in sourcing sustainable cotton...

13 Feb 2020

Women in STEM roundtable highlights need for strategic initiatives
Women in STEM roundtable highlights need for strategic initiatives

GE recently hosted a Women in STEM mentorship roundtable for female students from the Institut National Polytechnique Félix Houphouët-Boigny (INPHB) in Abidjan...

13 Feb 2020

AU Summit: African leaders focus on eradicating malnutrition by 2025
AU Summit: African leaders focus on eradicating malnutrition by 2025

Addressing malnutrition and stunting at the 33rd African Union Summit, it was noted that while African countries have made progress, more needs to be done to hit the United Nations malnutrition eradication targets by 2025...

10 Feb 2020

New study ties board diversity with improved innovation, efficiency
New study ties board diversity with improved innovation, efficiency

A new study from the UBC Sauder School of Business has found that companies that appoint more women to their boards are able to fuel groundbreaking innovation, improve efficiency, spur growth, increase competitiveness and reduce risk...

10 Feb 2020

China: Rise of a new philanthropic power
China: Rise of a new philanthropic power

In response to the ongoing coronavirus emergency, on 31 January, Chinese billionaire Jack Ma pledged the equivalent of $144m...

By Fabrice Jaumont and Charles Sellen 10 Feb 2020

'Nobody eats GDP' says AfDB president during economic report launch
'Nobody eats GDP' says AfDB president during economic report launch

While Africa's economies are growing strongly, growth alone cannot meet the needs of the continent's poorest citizens...

6 Feb 2020

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