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Africa’s supply chains are struggling. Recent years have seen numerous global and regional supply […]
At KPMG, in the context of renewable energy and climate change technology, we offer the core services of programme and fund management, Promoting public sector and civil society innovation for sustainable development, and Engaging the private sector in Renewable Energy and Adaptation to Climate Technology (REACT) impact activities.
It has been noted that cities are key to connecting countries to the increasingly globalized world – in many instances cities serve as both economic and creative hubs. In Africa, we are seeing a trend of rapid-urbanisation, with many Africans seeking a better future and prospect in the developed cities of the continent. As a result, these cities are facing ever-increasing challenges. These challenges include service delivery and the massive infrastructure deficit.
In our last post, KPMG’s approach to infrastructure prioritisation for Big Cities, we documented our approach to the prioritization process, and advised on how KPMG assists Big Cities in prioritization, planning or sequencing of the projects. In Big Cities Infrastructure Prioritisation we looked at the necessity of accurate and though-out prioritization to ensure sustainability and long-term benefit. Here, we take a look at the benefits of prioritization of infrastructure projects, and introduce you to our Big Cities team.
The process involves working closely with the City and stakeholders to identify key goals, mandates and agendas that prioritisation needs to support. In addition to this we unpack with the City what sustainability would mean in their context over a 30 year time horizon. We will then establish a context to the prioritisation, measuring and evaluating a City’s base case and performing a needs analysis. During this time we will be collecting relevant policy statements, performance data and data on various measures of sustainability.
Cities are burdened with aging and failing infrastructure in some areas on the one hand, as well as huge development and service delivery needs in previously disadvantaged areas on the other. In many cities across Africa, government institutions that are charged with the responsibility of delivering and maintaining infrastructure have become stretched by skills shortages and increased maintenance responsibilities.
Recently, parts of the African continent have achieved significant economic growth and sub-Saharan economies are forecast to grow at 5.8% for 2013, according to the IMF’s 2012/2013 World Economic Outlook. Many African economies have also experienced increased trade volumes and higher levels of foreign investment. Yet, in light of this relative economic success, the challenges of poverty, inequality and underdevelopment persist. Much of the recent economic growth has been spurred by improved demand for products in resources and primary sectors of African economies, as well as increases in commodity prices.
Following on from Rapelang Rabana and Anne Githuku-Shongwe, fellow panelist Aminata Niang represents an agricultural concern that is far from traditional, but should come as no surprise by now. Tambaroua Business Farming in Mali is a trendsetting company, primarily focused on agribusiness, that specialises in ‘precision farming’.
There is no question that poor infrastructure development is one of the greatest inhibiting factors for economic and social development across Africa, or that the continent’s rich natural resources are its best leverage for turning this situation around …
Diversifying Africa’s resource-dependent economies and speeding up the infrastructure development so vital to its future will be two of the main topics at this week’s World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa. This week’s event carries the theme “Delivering on Africa’s Promise”.
Many international and local companies have introduced products responding to changing consumer needs and consumer preferences shifting to more sustainable behaviour – these include products targeting new and growing industry sectors, products with a ‘green’ element and products responding to new and increasing risks.
Deepening social, economic and environmental challenges over the last two decades mean that sustainability issues are increasingly prominent in global business. sustainability trends predicted to play out over the next 20 years paint a picture of resource constraints, increasing regulation, shifting competitive landscapes, changes in market size and shifting consumer preferences.
World Bank Chief Economist for Africa, Shanta Devarajan, recently wrote that sub-Saharan Africa in 2011 has unprecedented opportunity for transformation, and sustained growth, and helping to ensure the right energy solutions are available to help achieve this prospect will simultaneously be good for climate protection and local development as well. Still at the threshold of a renewable energy revolution, what are some of the challenges this environment presents and what are some of the opportunities for investors? This is just some of what is discussed in this episode of the KPMG Africa Conversation Series.