africa

Mars Inc. Pledges to Boost Small Farmers’ Income

Mars Inc. recently launched The Farmer Income Lab, intended to be a “think tank” to ensure that global supply chains work for both…

Israel’s Green Power Goes to West Africa

Israel and the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) are joining forces to bring solar to 15 African nations. It's not the…

Fintech Startup Offers Next-Gen Solution to Extreme Poverty

Financial tech company BanQu uses cutting-edge blockchain technology to create a portable economic identity for the world's poorest people.

Thinking ‘Glocally’ About Water Scarcity: Why We Need to Act Now

When Karishma Bhagani was attending high school in Kenya, half of the country was drought-stricken. So she invented a low-tech water purifier to…

This One-For-One Peanut Butter Fights Famine in South Sudan

The social enterprise Good Spread aims to help address the humanitarian catastrophe in South Sudan with its one-for-one business model.

Ag Commodities Giant Agrees to Stop Deforestation in Africa

This week, the NGO Mighty reached an agreement with Olam to stop deforestation for palm oil and rubber development across its land concessions…

Belgian Development Community Turns to the Private Sector

The Belgian development community is warming up to the possibility of cooperation with the private sector. But the collaborative model is not without…

Trump Administration Poised to Rescind SEC Conflict Minerals Rule

According to a leaked draft of a presidential directive, Donald Trump is ready to order the Securities and Exchange Commission to pull the…

Report: Sub-Saharan Africa Soon Won’t Be Able to Feed Itself

Sub-Saharan Africa is already heavily reliant on grain imports. And this will only increase if populations grow as expected, researchers warn in a…

How a Cloud in a Box Can Tackle Digital Illiteracy in Africa

Availability of mobile technology is growing in Africa, yet most people still can’t use the Internet due to prohibitive prices set by mobile…

Foreign-Owned Farms Could Cause Instability Across Africa

According to researchers at a Swedish university, foreign companies have already leased about 3 percent of land in Africa, which could have a…

Scooping Up Opportunity for Women in Rwanda and Haiti

Social entrepreneur Alexis Gallivan promotes economic recovery and mobility through ice cream. We spoke with her to find out more about her new…

Education in Liberia: A Case Study in Maximizing Your Philanthropic Investment

Liberian schoolchildren face a number of obstacles. NGOs on the ground are out to help -- and modest philanthropic investments can keep them…

Facebook Looks to Africa for Next Free Internet Project

After being banned from India over net-neutrality concerns, Facebook looks to expand its Free Basics initiative to 22 African countries.

Study: Abstinence Education Does Little to Prevent HIV/AIDS

Since 2003, the United States has devoted nearly $1.5 billion toward abstinence programs in Africa, aiming to halt the spread of HIV worldwide.…