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Trump’s proposed budget slashes Kenya’s aid funding

March 16, 2019 • East Africa, FinanceComments Off on Trump’s proposed budget slashes Kenya’s aid funding

The United States is set to reduce aid funds given to Kenya by more than 50 percent in the 2020 financial year that begins in October. President Donald Trump’s proposed budget issued on Monday calls for deep cuts in aid to Kenya as part of an overall rollback in US funding for many Africa-focused programmes. [&hellip...

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Kenya gets clean energy boost

March 15, 2019 • East Africa, Mining & EnergyComments Off on Kenya gets clean energy boost

The Department for International Development’s Transforming Energy Access programme has already helped people and businesses across Africa cut 2 million tonnes of carbon emissions and improve the lives of 3.2 million low-income people. It has also leveraged...

Rwandan entrepreneurs benefit from Alibaba training programme

March 14, 2019 • East Africa, Education, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Rwandan entrepreneurs benefit from Alibaba training programme

Alibaba Business School, Alibaba Group’s university, last week hosted 30 Rwanda-based entrepreneurs at the company’s global headquarter in Hanghzou to learn from Alibaba’s experience and the tools needed to run successful business in the digital era....

Huawei set to roll out Y6 Prime device in Kenya

March 13, 2019 • East Africa, Gadgets and Gaming, Top StoriesComments Off on Huawei set to roll out Y6 Prime device in Kenya

The Huawei Y6 Prime 2019 is set to be the Chinese device maker’s second budget smartphone to be launched in the country this year, after the launch of another Y-series smartphone, the Huawei Y7 Prime 2019. When it launches next week, the Huawei Y6 Prime...

Nigerian and Tanzanian students lead Huawei's ICT competition

Nigerian and Tanzanian students lead Huawei’s ICT competition

March 12, 2019 • East Africa, General, West AfricaComments Off on Nigerian and Tanzanian students lead Huawei’s ICT competition

Students from Nigeria and Tanzania were the overall joint winners of this year’s Sub Saharan regional finals of Huawei’s global ICT Competition. The winners were announced at the Huawei regional headquarter in Woodmead, Johannesburg. Together with...

MTN Group announces changes to the Board and establishment of International Advisory Board

Rwanda: MTN accelerates growth, delivers on dividend

March 11, 2019 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Rwanda: MTN accelerates growth, delivers on dividend

MTN Group, the parent company of MTN Rwanda, last week, announced its financial results for the year 2018 which ended December, promising its investors that it was committed to improve its financial performance in the medium term period. The South African...

Kenya: Google launches women’s initiative to celebrate International Women’s Day

March 9, 2019 • East AfricaComments Off on Kenya: Google launches women’s initiative to celebrate International Women’s Day

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Google has today announced the launch of its’ Women Will initiative in Kenya. The program is designed to create economic opportunities for women by connecting them to digital skills and mentorship....

Access to electricity key for Africa’s development

Access to electricity key for Africa’s development

March 8, 2019 • East Africa, Mining & EnergyComments Off on Access to electricity key for Africa’s development

Nearly 600 million, or 48% of Africa’s population, still lack access to electricity, with the majority living in rural areas Africa will not fully develop if hundreds of millions of its people continue to live without electricity, Economic Commission for...

Jumia pens deal with smartphone maker Xiaomi

Jumia pens deal with smartphone maker Xiaomi

March 6, 2019 • East Africa, Online & Social, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Jumia pens deal with smartphone maker Xiaomi

Nigerian e-commerce platform, Jumia has announced a partnership with Chinese smartphone maker, Xiaomi. With this partnership, Jumia will open the Mi, Xiaomi’s flagship phone brand, official store on its platform giving access to customers across 14...

Mastercard Foundation Fund selects 5 African countries for Rural Prosperity

Mastercard Foundation Fund selects 5 African firms for Rural Prosperity

March 5, 2019 • East Africa, Finance, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments Off on Mastercard Foundation Fund selects 5 African firms for Rural Prosperity

The Mastercard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity (FRP) has announced that five companies will receive a total of US$4,438,551 to support its financial inclusion agenda in Africa. The five companies, with projects in Burundi, Ghana, Mali, Tanzania, and...

Kenyan startups win Africa Business Challenge

March 4, 2019 • East Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenyan startups win Africa Business Challenge

Over 20 innovators from Kenya joined 20 contemporaries from Basque to take part in the Africa Basque Challenge (ABC) in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain. The challenge was to find social and technical solutions to help bridge the urban-rural divide in...

Rwanda collaborates with Japan to launch satellite

February 28, 2019 • East AfricaComments Off on Rwanda collaborates with Japan to launch satellite

In 2018, the Rwanda Utility and Regulatory Authority’s (RURA) Director General, Patrick Nyirishema, confirmed plans to launch the country’ inaugural satellite in 2019. Rwanda has collaborated with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the...

Kenya upgrades visa online application

February 27, 2019 • East Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenya upgrades visa online application

A new online application service called Access UK has been launched for Kenyans. The Home Office has upgraded its services, by allowing customers to apply for a UK visa. This includes improvements to the online customer journey, the introduction of new...

Volkswagen South Africa moves into Rwanda in African expansion on electric vehicles

February 27, 2019 • East Africa, GeneralComments Off on Volkswagen South Africa moves into Rwanda in African expansion on electric vehicles

In 2016, Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) opened a new assembly plant in Kenya and launched plans for a ride-sharing service in Rwanda as it seeks to take advantage of surging car demand in Africa. This was part of a strategy to play a role in the emerging...

Kenya equips youth to unlock solutions in diverse sectors

February 26, 2019 • East Africa, EducationComments Off on Kenya equips youth to unlock solutions in diverse sectors

In Kenya, the ministry of Education launched in 2016 the creation of STEM model secondary schools in every county. The Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA) is an agency in STEM education and is carrying out continuous...

Orange, KaiOS partner to close Africa's digital divide through Series B funding

Orange launches a new smart feature phone powered by KaiOS

February 26, 2019 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Orange launches a new smart feature phone powered by KaiOS

Orange has partnered with KaiOS Technologies and UNISOC to launch a phone with voice recognition at $US 20 in 16 countries in Africa and the Middle-East : Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte...