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African innovators

Africa’s regional integration gains momentum

President of the AfDB said the Bank has invested around $1bn through various initiatives, including cross border infrastructure, to move trade across African borders.
carbon tax

Tracking carbon pricing initiatives around the world

A total of 57 carbon pricing initiatives are now implemented or scheduled for implementation globally, up from 51 in April 2018 according to the World Bank.
results-based financing

Results-based financing needed to unlock investment in mini-grid development

A group of investors say well-designed Results-Based Financing for mini-grids will accelerate access to electricity and unlock significant private capital.

A fresh approach to South Africa’s power challenge

Seydou Kane, MD at Eaton Africa discusses how SA's government can balance its political role with practical, long-term solutions for the ailing utility.
African Domestic Bond Fund

World Bank projects global economic growth to weaken to 2.6% in...

Global economic growth is forecast to ease to a weaker-than-expected 2.6% in 2019 before inching up to 2.7% in 2020, states a...
green growth

Pioneering green bond fund to focus on emerging markets

IFC and HSBC Global Asset Management announced the establishment of the first global green bond fund targeting “real economy” issuers in emerging markets.

Solar pioneer announces $26m equity investment

Solar pay-as-you-go pioneer Azuri Technologies has announced a strategic investment of $26 million, led by Fortune Global 500 company Marubeni Corporation.

Innovative off-grid project finance in Africa

Tine Fisker Henriksen; Innovative Finance Lead, Bertha Foundation, explains the role that academia is playing in contributing toward financing off-grid projects in Africa.
green bond issuance

Nigeria moves to its second green bond issuance

Nigeria is set to undertake a second green bond issuance; a Series II Green Bond of up to $42 million, following the success of the first offer in 2017.
smart cities

Best practices to deliver smarter grid networks and smarter cities

The massive fire damage suffered by the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris got me thinking about the longevity of our infrastructure designs.

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