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Technology is playing an increasingly important role in natural resource management, from streamlining to reporting processes. One example can be found in Kenya’s Ngong’ hills, just outside the capital Nairobi. Here, the misty clouds provide dew that helps the grass to grow which in turn feeds the Maasai tribal community’s animals.
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.
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Uganda’s central bank held its benchmark lending rate at 11 percent on 2 July 2013, citing renewed inflationary pressure. Policymakers said the bank expected annual core inflation would rise slightly over the next two or three months, before falling back towards its medium-term target of 5 percent.
In recent times, the term going ‘green’ has gained notable traction in both the political and business world. Increasingly, we are called to realize the impact that our social and economic activities have on the environment around us, and in turn, the long-term implications that this impact has. In this article, we take a look at the key focus areas for Africa’s green agenda.
The development of sustainable urban infrastructure is one of the greatest challenges of today. Urban growth is placing enormous pressure on existing infrastructures and the ability of governments to cater for all citizens in terms of housing and services. Innovative thinking is needed to help African cities keep pace with urban growth – important considering that more than a third of African inhabitants reside in cities.
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.
Applying sustainability thinking to transform rapidly urbanising African cities can yield lasting solutions to the prevailing development challenges. This must be done in deliberate and practical ways so as to deliver the required ideological shifts in mindset to truly place African cities on new development trajectories.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) identified the management of rapid urbanisation in already overburdened cities as one of the key challenges for African policy makers in the coming decades.
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 …
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.