Solar technologies that convert sunlight into electricity and heat are not only more sustainable and non-polluting than fossil-fuel combustion, they are also more resilient.
Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development
Serena Hotels in partnership with Mettle Solar OFGEN have transformed a third property, Mara Serena Safari Lodge in Kenya, into a fully solar powered property. The inauguration of the Mara Serena solar power plant demonstrates Serena Hotels commitment to be the ‘Full Scale Solar Pioneers’ in the East African hospitality sector.
Diamond Trust Bank (DTB) in Kenya has partnered up with Simba Corporation to fund small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to acquire new trucks. According to Kennedy Nyakomitta, General Manager Asset Finance at DTB, the scheme is developed in a way that will allow the customer to cater to their most pressing needs without any capital outlay. “With Beba Leo, the customer will not be required to outlay any cash to get these vehicles. They simply need an approval from DTB after which they can collect the desired vehicle from any Simba Corporation distributor across the country,” he said.
On 20 December in Rwanda, the Kigali Serena Hotel hosted an event for children living with disabilities from "Izere Mubyeyi" Centre located in the Kanombe District. Erick Mugesera, Kigali Serena Hotel Human Resources Manager, said that the Hotel was not just about accommodation or restaurants but that the management put forth supporting vulnerable communities. For simple inclusion, the Kigali Serena Hotel organised a Christmas party every year to celebrate with vulnerable communities in the society and hoped to transform the lives of people over the holiday season. During the party, children shared a meal with the Serena Hotel management, played games, received gifts and entertainment from Santa.
On 16 December at a symposium in Dar es Salaam, the government said it would review policies and laws governing children welfare to guarantee protection of their civil, political, economic and social, health and cultural rights. Deputy Minister for Health, Dr Faustine Ndugulile, said at the event, organised by Mwananchi Communications Limited (MCL), the policy and the law were too outdated to solve current challenges. MCL Managing Director, Francis Nanai, wished that Tanzania’s youths were brought up in such a way that they would be able to grab the economic, social and leadership opportunities that the African continent offers.
Farmers are always looking for reliable information on sustainable agriculture, how to get started in farming, how to access loan facilities, and how to pursue profitable niche markets. The answers to these and many other similar questions were available during the 18th edition Seeds of Gold Farm Clinic, an initiative of the Nation Media Group to address challenges of climate change by bringing farmers and agricultural scientists together. The changing climate is posing serious threats to farmers across the globe. Learning new trends is key and this is what the Farm Clinic catered for.
The recently-concluded Kusi Ideas Festival organised by Nation Media Group brought together leading politicians, bureaucrats, corporate heads and academics from Africa. The choice of Kigali to host the conference was not a coincidence. Rwanda has come to represent the new Africa. The Kusi Ideas conference wanted to reflect and capture the spirit of Rwanda. The conference explored ways and means how Africa could chart its socio-political and economic course in the next 60 years. The conference proved that there was no shortage of brilliance and innovation in Africa.
"The world has much to learn from Africa." This was the message by His Highness to the opening session of the Nation Media Group’s Kusi Ideas Festival last week in Kigali, Rwanda. The Kusi Ideas Festival was to discuss challenges Africa is likely to face over the next 60 years, and offer creative ideas on how to address them. Lessons learned from AKDN’s work over the past 100 years provide tested and successful solutions to addressing many of these challenges. In considering for example, how Africa will feed its growing population, AKDN can share its experience of working with 500,000 small-scale farmers, by providing seeds and fertilisers, know-how and training to increase productivity, guaranteed purchases of crops, processing of foodstuff within Africa and access to otherwise inaccessible markets.
In Kigali, Rwanda, the theme of the conference of Kusi Ideas Festival is is "The Next 60 Years in Africa". The Kusi Ideas Festival was set up as a platform to explore the meaning of those past 60 years and to create a body of ideas that will help Africa make the outcome of the next 60 as glorious as they can possibly be. The Kusi Ideas Festival, in the near term, will be an annual event held in different parts of Africa. Each of these capitals will form an important backstory for the specific ideas we shall be speaking to.
Speaking at the Kusi Ideas Festival in Kigali, Rwanda, on 9 December, Nation Media Group Editorial Director, Mutuma Mathiu, said the landscape had changed, with more of computer generated reporting. "The future for journalism is exciting. The use of specific devices to receive news is in its last stages. Journalism as an organised activity in truth-seeking, fact-checking and storytelling is becoming better because of converged technology", he said. Mr Mathiu also lauded the role of social media in mobilising people.