Top five upcoming international development events

January 8, 2018 | Estimated reading time: 4 minutes Read Time

Keen to refresh your knowledge of African and international development issues and network? In no particular order, here are five upcoming events that will help you do just that! 1) Measuring the hard to measure in development Date: 16th January 2018 Time: 16:00 – 17:30 Location: Overseas Development Institute and streamed online 203 Blackfriars Road… Read More

Amazing science and tech news from Africa

January 8, 2018 | Estimated reading time: 2 minutes Read Time

At the PEI, we are always on the lookout for the latest and greatest science and tech innovations on and for the continent. Here’s our pick of some amazing developments in Africa to keep an eye on in 2018. 1) Malaria diagnosis breath test in development A study conducted in Malawi has revealed that people… Read More

Where to find great stories about African innovation

January 8, 2018 | Estimated reading time: 2 minutes Read Time

January is the best time to get up-to-speed with the latest science and tech news from the continent. Here are four destinations for stories about the places and faces shaping African STI. Quartz Africa Two years after its launch, Quartz Africa is a bastion for up-to-the-minute, incisive reports on pan-African innovation. Recent highlights include a… Read More

Kuraymat Solar Plant, Egypt

Five questions with Professor Hesham El-Askary

January 4, 2018 | Estimated reading time: 6 minutes Read Time

This week, we interviewed Professor Hesham El-Askary, Professor of Remote Earth Sensing and Earth Systems Science at Chapman University, and a speaker at last November’s Spotlight Seminar on Renewable Energy in Africa. Professor El-Askary spoke passionately about harnessing North Africa’s solar energy resources and GEO-CRADLE, a new project that coordinates earth observation activities in North Africa, the… Read More

The informal sector deserves more attention in African development

December 12, 2017 | Estimated reading time: 2 minutes Read Time

Current developmental discourses focus more on shoehorning Western-inspired policies into African governance rather than exploring how existing economic models can be adapted to our countries’ needs. Given its importance to local economies, the informal sector deserves more attention as a driver of development. According to The International Labour Organisation (ILO), the informal sector equates to… Read More