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Putting innovation at the heart of the development efforts in sub-Saharan East Africa
14 March 2017

Putting innovation at the heart of the development efforts in sub-Saharan East Africa

Improving aid delivery and development strategy in sub-Saharan East Africa was the theme of the 2nd annual Aid & Development Africa Summit, organised by the Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF) on 28th February and 1st March 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya. The Summit put innovation and technology at the heart of the development efforts in sub-Saharan East Africa, advocating for cross-sector approach through inclusive, effective collaboration and coordination between government, UN agencies, NGOs, donors and businesses.

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Mercy Corps Research Report on Stability in Sub-Saharan Africa
20 February 2017

Mercy Corps Research Report on Stability in Sub-Saharan Africa

Mercy Corps research report “Financing the Frontier: Inclusive Financial Sector Development in Fragility-Affected Africa” commissioned by Financial Sector Deepening Africa and supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). The research examines the impact of inclusive financial sector development on poverty, fragility, and stability across Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Rivulis Irrigation - Water: Vital to sustaining life
16 February 2017

Rivulis Irrigation - Water: Vital to sustaining life

Water is a limited natural resource that impacts not only the existence but also the quality of life. Water supplies are increasingly stressed given increasing demand due to population growth, competitive demand for food, fiber and fuel crops, and a disparity between the location of the water supplies and the demand.

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The Role of Reliable Solar-powered Lighting in Modern Day Disaster Relief Efforts
15 February 2017

The Role of Reliable Solar-powered Lighting in Modern Day Disaster Relief Efforts

What would you call basic human needs? Food, water and shelter? At least, that’s what Maslow tells us. But what if we changed the context, would these three still be the only basic needs? That is precisely what happens when disaster strikes. Be it through the brute force of nature like earthquakes, tornadoes, tsunamis or through man-made acts like wars, many families are displaced or separated. What is considered a basic need quickly changes.

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Interview with Danny Labin, Vice President and International Projects at Sesame Workshop
08 February 2017

Interview with Danny Labin, Vice President and International Projects at Sesame Workshop

How is your organisation involved in the humanitarian aid and development sector? Sesame Street is the longest-running children's television series in the world. Sesame Street delivers educational content through a carefully crafted blend of humor, entertainment and learning that engages children.

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Humanitarian Leaders to Discuss Sustainable Development Goals in sub-Saharan Africa
07 February 2017

Humanitarian Leaders to Discuss Sustainable Development Goals in sub-Saharan Africa

More than 300 high-profile representatives from NGOs, businesses, government and UN organisations are set to convene at the Aid & Development Africa Summit in Nairobi this February exchanging innovative and sustainable solutions for improving aid delivery and development strategy in sub-Saharan East Africa.

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Supporting Peace-Keeping Operation in Africa
01 February 2017

Supporting Peace-Keeping Operation in Africa

Driven by their vision to become the premier technology and acquisition service provider for the South African Government and their allies on the African continent and the world, Armscor is proud to have acquired state of the art defence materiel for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), thus equipping their Armed Forces to safeguard the sovereignty of the country and its citizens.

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How NGOs and Aid Agencies Can Protect Themselves from Infrastructure Failure
31 January 2017

How NGOs and Aid Agencies Can Protect Themselves from Infrastructure Failure

Innovative Hybrid Solutions by Talia Hybrid solutions are nothing new in the telecommunications industry. The need for redundancy and backup solutions to ensure business continuity have existed since the early days. Normally done by duplicating capacity and infrastructure from additional providers, these solutions were often limited to governments and companies with the cash flow to afford them and the infrastructure to support it.

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Vaccination in DRC: solar fridges that save lives by B Medical Systems
30 January 2017

Vaccination in DRC: solar fridges that save lives by B Medical Systems

In the remote south-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo illness stricken areas suffer on a regular basis from health epidemics. For many, few resources are available to contain the illnesses that pass through and therefore leave vaccinations as the only option. The introduction of a solar fridge has allowed the people of south-east DRC the convenience and reassurance of available and timely vaccinations.

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Air Partner and Envirotainer respond to the Ebola crisis
30 January 2017

Air Partner and Envirotainer respond to the Ebola crisis

Air Partner and Envirotainer worked closely to implement a process to organize charter aircraft shipments on a regular basis. The first shipment with Envirotainer’s RAP e2 container transported temperature sensitive medical supplies to Freetown, Sierra Leone. Richard Smith, Director for Freight at Air Partner comments: “The humanitarian response is facing a massive task trying to tackle Ebola in West Africa. Air Partner has been working with a number of agencies to provide air charters in very challenging circumstances.

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Boosting the smallholder economy: Netafim Advancing UN SDGs
30 January 2017

Boosting the smallholder economy: Netafim Advancing UN SDGs

The recently published UNDP Human Development Report for 2015 identifies “sustainable work, which promotes human development while reducing and eliminating negative side effects and unintended consequences, as a major building block of sustainable development.” This is what UN SDG Number 8* is all about: economic growth underpinned by the availability of meaningful work in a positive labor environment. That brings us back to drip irrigation solutions.

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Lifting Standards of the Cold Chain: Sure Chill Technology
30 January 2017

Lifting Standards of the Cold Chain: Sure Chill Technology

An effective cold chain is essential to the safe delivery of vaccines. However many developing countries have inadequate cold chains; effective temperature-control mechanisms for the transport, storage and handling of vaccines are not in place. Approximately $750 million worth of vaccines are lost annually due to improper refrigeration in these countries, that’s around 151 million doses of vaccine.

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Technological Innovations Improving Livelihoods
30 January 2017

Technological Innovations Improving Livelihoods

This year’s Aid and Development Africa Summit is fast approaching! The Summit, which is due to be held between 28th February and 1st March in Nairobi, Kenya will provide stakeholders with an opportunity to engage in debate and knowledge exchange about topical development matters. The 2nd Aid & Development Africa Summit will focus on improving aid delivery and development strategy, with an emphasis on technological innovations and their impacts on aid and development in East Africa.

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Call for Apps Supporting Sustainable Development Goals in Africa
17 January 2017

Call for Apps Supporting Sustainable Development Goals in Africa

A new competition launched to find innovative apps that support humanitarian aid and development in Sub-Saharan East Africa. An opportunity to showcase your app at the “Planet of the Apps”, part of the 2nd annual Aid & Development Africa Summit 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. Apply now at marketing@aidforum.org

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Ministry of ICT Kenya to give keynote address at Aid & Development Africa Summit in Nairobi
16 January 2017

Ministry of ICT Kenya to give keynote address at Aid & Development Africa Summit in Nairobi

With Aid & Development Africa Summit fast approaching, Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF) is excited to share the agenda and recently confirmed speakers, who will deliver invaluable insight into technological innovations and best practice to improve aid delivery and development strategy in sub-Saharan East Africa. Sammy Itemere, Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Information, Communications & Technology of Kenya, will deliver an opening keynote address at the Summit taking place on 28 February - 1 March 2017 at the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Strengthen African health systems to help achieve SDGs
03 January 2017

Strengthen African health systems to help achieve SDGs

[ by Ochieng' Ogodo, SciDev.Net ] Critical challenges in the coverage of key health services in Africa should be addressed to help the continent achieve the SDGs, a forum has heard. According to the first regional forum in Africa on strengthening health systems for universal health coverage and achieving the SDGs, which was held in Namibia this month (12-13 December), Africa has only three per cent of the global health workforce despite bearing 24 per cent of the global disease burden. Matshidiso Moeti, director of WHO Regional Office for Africa, told the more than 240 participants that despite increased...

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[infographic] Infrastructure Resilience: Education in sub-Saharan Africa
21 December 2016

[infographic] Infrastructure Resilience: Education in sub-Saharan Africa

The recent Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF) infographic provides a snapshot of the current state of education in sub-Saharan Africa. World Bank data shows that the global average pupil-teacher ratio is 24:1, in sub-Saharan Africa, however, the ratio is 42:1 and in Kenya the situation is even worse, with one teacher to every 57 pupils. Sub-Saharan Africa continues to fall behind other developing regions regarding educational attainment, despite recent progress in enrolment.

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Mobile money services are helping thousands of Kenyans escape poverty
20 December 2016

Mobile money services are helping thousands of Kenyans escape poverty

A new study has revealed that access to mobile money services has lifted 194,000 Kenyan households out of extreme poverty. Interestingly, female-headed households saw far greater increases in consumption than male-headed households. Previous studies have looked into the social impacts of Kenyan mobile money services, which allow users to store and exchange monetary values via mobile phone, and have highlighted the ways in which such services can help people save money and weather financial storms.

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[infographic] Infrastructure Resilience: Disasters & Development Assistance in sub-Saharan Africa
19 December 2016

[infographic] Infrastructure Resilience: Disasters & Development Assistance in sub-Saharan Africa

Today, the world is facing unprecedented crises and growing challenges. A total of 574 disasters were reported in 2015 alone, 116, or 20 percent, of which occurred in Africa. These disasters affected 108 million people globally, 31 million (29 percent) in Africa alone. In 2015, 32,550 people were killed as a result of disasters, compared to 14,389 in 2014. In addition, the total amount of disaster estimated damage in 2015 was almost US$ 70.3 million. 2015 was the hottest on record, with 32 major droughts across the world, which is double the ten-year average.

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[infographic] Infrastructure Resilience: Migration in sub-Saharan Africa
16 December 2016

[infographic] Infrastructure Resilience: Migration in sub-Saharan Africa

To celebrate International Migrants Day, on the 18th December, the Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF) has released an infographic that considers infrastructure resilience and migration in sub-Saharan East Africa. Today, record numbers of people have been driven from their homes in search of safety due to conflict, persecution, human rights violations and natural disasters. Speaking earlier this year, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon stated “We are facing the biggest refugee and displacement crisis of our time. Above all, this is not just a crisis of numbers; it is also a crisis of solidarity”

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