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Kenya: National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) Signs MOU with Interpeace

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Posted by admin 10 days ago (http://www.newsfromafrica.org)
The NCIC was one of the government agencies created by the unity government to help build lasting peace by addressing and reducing inter-ethnic conflicts. Its mandate includes advocating for cohesiveness among the diverse groups in the country and the prevention of discrimination on the basis of ethnicity.

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West Africa: First Trials for Ebola Treatments to Start at MSF Sites in December

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Posted by admin 10 days ago (http://www.newsfromafrica.org)
The two drugs, brincidofovir and favipiravir, were selected from WHO’s shortlist of potential Ebola treatments after careful review of safety and efficacy profiles, product availability, and ease of administration to patients.

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Scores quarantined in Mali as Ebola death toll tops 5,000

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Posted by admin 10 days ago (http://www.france24.com)
The death of a nurse in Mali from Ebola prompted the quarantine on Wednesday of more than 90 people in the West African country’s capital Bamako, as the World Health Organization said the disease had now claimed at least 5,160 lives.

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On World Food Day, a story of restoring potato crops to Tanzania

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Posted by admin 37 days ago (http://www.opic.gov)
Family and smallholder farmers play a global role in protecting our environment, eliminating hunger and achieving sustainable development – especially in developing nations. On October 16, World Food Day will highlight this issue, with the theme of “Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth,” which will raise the profile of family and smallholder farmers. As is often the case,Read m

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Powering Africa: The renewable energy opportunity

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Posted by admin 27 days ago (http://www.opic.gov)
Third in a series looking at OPIC’s approach to powering Africa. For earlier posts see Powering Africa: The off-grid challenge, and Powering Africa: The on-grid challenge. The sun shines almost daily throughout most of Sub-Saharan Africa, but most of the population – more than 620 million people — lives in the dark. This extreme energy poverty in a region so richRead more...

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Featured photo: Generating power in Jordan

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Posted by admin 15 days ago (http://www.opic.gov)
Over the past few years, strong economic growth in Jordan has increased the demand for power beyond the country’s generation capacity. The 240MW AES Levant Power Plant, which was financed by a $170 million OPIC loan in addition to a $100 million loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, is strengthening the stability and supply of energy inRead more...

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Business climate improves in many African countries but access to electricity remains a challenge

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Posted by admin 16 days ago (http://www.opic.gov)
Doing business in Africa is not always easy, but the business climate is improving in many African countries, the World Bank’s latest Doing Business report shows. The latest version of the Bank’s widely-watched report shows that many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have adopted reforms related to starting a business, protecting investors, paying taxes and registering property. Five of 10 countrie

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Featured photo: Support for small businesses in the Middle East

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Posted by admin 23 days ago (http://www.opic.gov)
OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield toured a water bottling company in Ramallah this week during her trip to the West Bank, Israel and Jordan. This company received financing through the nonprofit Middle East Investment Initiative, an OPIC partner that supports small businesses in the Middle East. These small enterprises are critical to the region’s economic growth and job creation

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