Uganda’s rural entrepreneurs are a model for clean energy access in Africa

By: Marvin Tumusiime It’s a little-known fact outside of this part of the world, that Uganda is a hotspot for entrepreneurs. My home of Uganda is brimming with an enterprising community ranked as one of the most entrepreneurial in the world. So as someone working in the climate space for 7 years, I didnt just see the climate talks in Glasgow as an opportunity to tackle climate change, but also as an opportunity for entrepreneurs to help Uganda leapfrog dirty fossil fuels and serve communities across the country with clean energy. This is…

Resilient Health Systems Key for Cardiovascular Disease Management-Experts

AstraZeneca’s Healthy Heart Africa programme, the Pan-African Society of Cardiology (PASCAR) and other stakeholders have emphasized the need to build resilient health systems in order to address the rising burden of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) and achieve universal health coverage in Africa. This discussion took place during the ongoing 15th PASCAR and KCS Congress 2021 in Mombasa. The stakeholders highlighted disease prevention and treatment, the need to focus on primary healthcare, and partnerships as key strategies to build resilient health systems. Cardiovascular diseases are non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and the leading cause…

ENGIE Mobisol Kenya rebrands to ENGIE Energy Access Kenya and launches new product brand – MySol

Pay-As-You-Go solar industry announced a corporate change of name to ENGIE Energy Access Kenya (EEA Kenya). The company started operations in Kenya in 2016 serving mostly off-grid customers with high quality solar home systems (SHS) to power households and small businesses. In 2020, parent company ENGIE integrated ENGIE Mobisol with Fenix International, another SHS company and mini-grids provider, ENGIE PowerCorner under a new entity and name – ENGIE Energy Access. This integration puts the company in a unique position as the only energy player offering end to end off-grid energy solutions with both solar home systems…

Kenya Airways, Embraer and AFRAA partner to host Aviation Innovation Summit

Kenya Airways (KQ), Embraer S.A and Africa Airlines Association (AFRAA) are set to host summit to enhance intra African Trade. Dubbed “Africa Aviation and Travel Innovation” The three-day event will take place in Nairobi, under the theme: “Enhancing Intra-African Trade Through Aviation and Travel.” The Aviation innovation summit set for 22-24 November 2021 is designed to explore opportunities with local start-ups, small and medium-size enterprises to co-create innovative solutions with aviation stakeholders while contributing to the sustainable development of Africa. Allan Kilavuka, CEO, Kenya Airways said that the summit is an…

Micro –retailers Shaping the Digital Marketplace

  Growth in online presence by micro-retailers presents a golden opportunity for players in the digital economy Online presence allows micro-retailers to scale without the need to invest in physical structures The forum emerged from the Smart Duka initiative which begun in 2015   Micro-retailers with an online presence offer a promising channel to distribute digital products and services, say industry pundits. Presentations at the Fifth Micro-Retail Stakeholder Forum, which was hosted by international nonprofit TechnoServe, found that micro-retailers are increasingly using online platforms to access credit, suppliers and sell…

Fintech Exinity launches a new trading service for retail clients in Kenya

The Exinity Group is authorised and regulated in multiple jurisdictions, including by the Capital Markets Authority in Kenya, the ADGM Financial Services Regulatory Authority in Abu Dhabi, and the Financial Services Commission in Mauritius.   Exinity, the new wealth engine with an ambition to unlock the value of risk-driven trading for ambitious individuals, today launched Exinity Trader in Kenya.   Exinity Trader, a trading platform, brings access to opportunities in equity, forex, and commodity markets with the promise of low trading costs and great customer support.   Exinity Trader is the first of…

Family Bank unveils a Multi-Currency Forex Card targeting e-commerce traders and the Youth

Family Bank has unveiled a series of prepaid cards targeting, among others, the youth and traders in the ever-growing e-commerce trade with China allowing customers to transact in multiple currencies including the Yuan.   The Multi-Currency Forex Card will allow traders, travellers, Diaspora and business community to load multiple currencies in USD, GBP, Yuan and Euro on a single card accessible internationally and benefit from features such as waived off ATM access fee withdrawals, zero cross-currency charges, get insurance against unauthorized transactions on the card and access to lower transaction charges than international credit or debit…

Tanzania’s Ubongo bags Rotman Innovation of the Year Award

Through science and technology, Ubongo creates multiplatform learning that benefits children across Sub-Saharan Africa   Ubongo, a Tanzania-based nonprofit social enterprise and Africa’s leading producer of kids’ edutainment, is this year’s winner of the prestigious Rotman Innovation of the Year Award, worth $10,000 Canadian dollars (approximately 19 million Tanzanian shillings) The accolade is presented annually by Grand Challenges Canada, a Canadian not-for-profit organization that invests in local innovations that address critical global health, humanitarian and Indigenous community challenges in Canada and low-resource countries.   The Rotman Innovation of the Year…

Building resilient health systems is key for cardiovascular disease prevention, control and management

 Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death globally. Building sustainable health systems will improve access to healthcare services. AstraZeneca’s Healthy Heart Africa programme, the Pan-African Society of Cardiology (PASCAR) and other stakeholders have emphasized the need to build resilient health systems in order to address the rising burden of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) and achieve universal health coverage in Africa. This discussion took place during the ongoing 15th PASCAR and KCS Congress 2021 in Mombasa. The stakeholders highlighted disease prevention and treatment, the need to focus on primary healthcare, and…