The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded a contract to Skipping Stone LLC, which provides consulting and technology services to energy markets worldwide, and Experient, a global event company, to host in a reverse trade mission a dozen government and senior utility representatives from four African nations interested in improving their countries’ electricity Read more
Renew Strategies LLC, which runs a Washington-based fund that backs small businesses in East Africa, is seeking to add more Atlantans to its global network of angel investors. The firm’s founders, Matthew and Laura Davis, believe that capitalism, rather than aid or traditional philanthropy, is a more sustainable way to fix the continent’s economic problems. Though Read more
With 70 percent of Africa’s 1.1 billion population under 30 years old, Reuben Brigety, the U.S. ambassador to the African Union, knows that one of the continent’s biggest challenges is to find jobs for its youth. If you do the math that 70 percent comes to 770 million potential workers, what Mr. Brigety calls “a Read more
Oglethorpe University senior Awet Woldegebriel understands the power of education. Though the 21-year-old has spent more than half of his life in the United States, he remembers vividly challenges faced as an Eritrean refugee driven out of his homeland by war. “Being a refugee meant you were always living on hope, always hoping for stability and normalcy,” said Mr. Woldegebriel. “My Read more
The campaign in Ethiopia to distribute a Pfizer Inc. drug that helps eliminate the blinding trachoma disease is to be celebrated on Sunday, Nov. 10, in the country’s Amhara Region.
Kenya’s prime minister and the leading candidate in a hotly contested presidential race, Raila Odinga, is to speak at a luncheon of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta on Thursday, April 26.
Mr. Odinga assumed his position as prime minister in 2008 following the presidential election of 2007 in a national unity coalition government. The 2007 election erupted in violence resulting in more than 2,000 deaths…
Charlotte, N.C., will host an inaugural Africa business conference that organizers hope to take on the road, possibly to Atlanta. The Charlotte Africa Business Conference from April 24-28 will feature Albert Essien, deputy CEO of Togo-based Ecobank, who will deliver the keynote speech on doing business in fast-growing Africa. Executives from Ernst & Young LLP‘s Read more
Liz McLaughlin‘s 19-year career in humanitarian work has taken her to places like Sudan and Kosovo, where clashes and want have brought on dire crises.
But after visiting eastern Africa in July, the director of Atlanta-based CARE‘s foundation programs is confident that the famine that has struck the region in recent months is the most intense suffering she’s ever witnessed.
Europe is "light years ahead" of the U.S. in doing business with Africa, a resource-rich land home to more than a billion people, said Michael Battle, an Atlantan now serving as U.S. ambassador to the African Union. "I think a lot of U.S. companies and a lot of the U.S. as a whole do not Read more
Emory University's nursing school has received about $8.1 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a program aimed at decreasing the number of mothers and newborns in rural Ethiopia who die during childbirth. The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing will work with universities, research institutions and the Ethiopian Ministry of Health to Read more