CSI & SUSTAINABILITY

Shaping Africa's urban areas to withstand future pandemics
Shaping Africa's urban areas to withstand future pandemics

The power of cities comes from the number of interactions they enable, between people, firms and markets - they are centres of social interaction. For all their virtues, however, cities have a major downside. They are a fertile ground for contagion, such as the rapid spread of Covid-19.

By Astrid R.N. Haas 1 day ago

RETAIL

Study reveals 'hidden plastic pollution footprint' of Coca-Cola, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever
Study reveals 'hidden plastic pollution footprint' of Coca-Cola, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever

Multinational consumer brands Coca-Cola, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever are responsible for half a million tonnes of plastic pollution that is burnt or dumped per year in just six developing countries, according to a new report by international relief and development agency Tearfund.

2 days ago

AUTOMOTIVE

Ford, GE Healthcare partner to produce ventilators
Ford, GE Healthcare partner to produce ventilators

Ford Motor Company, in collaboration with GE Healthcare, announced it will begin producing in Michigan, USA, a third-party ventilator with the goal to produce 50,000 of the vitally needed units within 100 days and up to 30,000 a month thereafter as needed.

2 days ago

FINANCE

It’s time the EU turned its rhetoric about Africa into more tangible action. epa
Europe and African relations post Covid-19: time to add size, scale and speed

Since 2000, European and African leaders have been talking about giving the partnership between the two continents a "new strategic" dimension.

By Carlos Lopes 2 days ago

CSI & SUSTAINABILITY

The cost of coronavirus in Africa: What measures can leaders take?
The cost of coronavirus in Africa: What measures can leaders take?

With the novel coronavirus Covid-19 having reached the African continent, countries are getting ready to manage the spread of the virus and ensure that their fragile health systems can cope. Images from China and Europe give many reasons for concern.

By Dorothy Tembo 2 days ago

AGRICULTURE

New report: Insights into Africa's chicken meat market
New report: Insights into Africa's chicken meat market

IndexBox has published its latest report on the chicken meat market in Africa, which amounted to $11.4bn in 2018, jumping by 6.1% against the previous year. This figure reflects the total revenues of producers and importers (excluding logistics costs, retail marketing costs, and retailers' margins, which will be included in the final consumer price).

2 days ago

ICT

#BlockchainAfrica: 10 African women to watch in blockchain and Bitcoin
#BlockchainAfrica: 10 African women to watch in blockchain and Bitcoin

Paxful highlights 10 women in Africa who are making waves in the rapidly growing blockchain and Bitcoin industries.

3 days ago

MARKETING & MEDIA

Investors, Mathew Knowles and Michael Kiladejo. Image source: .
African startup, MePlaylist earns the attention of global investors and partners

MePlaylist, a 100% African solution to music consumption and promotion has earned the attention of global investors and partners like Mathew Knowles, father of artists Beyoncé and Solange Knowles.

3 days ago

CSI & SUSTAINABILITY

AfDB launches $3bn 'Fight Covid-19' Social Bond
AfDB launches $3bn 'Fight Covid-19' Social Bond

The African Development Bank's new $3bn Fight Covid-19 Social Bond is the largest dollar-denominated social bond ever launched in international capital markets to date, and the largest US dollar benchmark ever issued by the bank. With a three-year maturity, it will pay an interest rate of 0.75%.

30 Mar 2020

LOGISTICS & TRANSPORT

For public transport to keep running, operators must find ways to outlast coronavirus
For public transport to keep running, operators must find ways to outlast coronavirus

Minimising health risks has rightly been the focus of discussion during the coronavirus outbreak. This includes efforts to protect both frontline public transport employees and the travelling public. But we should also be concerned about the strategic, financial consequences for transport operators and their workforces

By Yale Z Wong 30 Mar 2020

MARKETING & MEDIA

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FMCG brands better placed to weather Covid-19 storm - Global Advertising Trends report

FMCG brands are better-placed to weather the storm finds Warc, while the global economy is set to fall into recession and the advertising market likely to follow in the first half of this year...

30 Mar 2020

CSI & SUSTAINABILITY

Covid-19: Africa urgently needs an ubuntu plan
Covid-19: Africa urgently needs an ubuntu plan

Africa urgently needs a globally coordinated ubuntu plan in response to Covid-19, a fiscal stimulus that recognises our shared and connected humanity, as we find ourselves in the midst of an unprecedented crisis. The world's largest cities are eerily silent. One virus has disrupted the whole world in a manner never seen before in history.

By Dr Victor Oladokun 30 Mar 2020

EDUCATION

IT training: Skills transfer, an essential part to play for companies
IT training: Skills transfer, an essential part to play for companies

In the context of Africa's digital transformation, the next generations must be trained in the future professional requirements induced by the Fourth Industrial Revolution - for which the continent is ill-prepared, in the absence of a strategic plan and clear framework for the emergence of technological and digital professions.

By Laurent Sarr 30 Mar 2020