Archive for the ‘african-development’ Category

Spotlight Seminar: The Future of Renewable Energy in Africa

Date: Wednesday 29th November Time: 9.45am-3.30pm Location: The Library, Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, London W1J 0BA   Renewable energy and access to electricity is critical for development and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Currently, over 600 million people on the continent have no access to energy, with average electricity grid access a… Read More

Five scientific and technological innovations enhancing agriculture in Africa

Agriculture is absolutely fundamental to development on the continent. It employs more than 65% of the continent’s populations and contributes 35% of Africa’s GDP. Yet the continent’s smallholder farmers, who comprise 80% of its agricultural labour forces, face challenges from plant disease to a lack of appropriate financing. There’s no better time to highlight five… Read More

Health emergencies in Africa: How prepared is the continent?

On the 9th February, the PEI held a very successful Africa Breakfast Meeting, which focused health emergencies in Africa and considered how prepared the continent is to deal with them. With a keynote presentation from Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England?and Chief Medical Advisor to the UK Government, our guests included African… Read More

Seven inspirational quotes from Africa’s next generation of tech and education leaders

At the PEI, we’re always delighted to hear the latest from Africa’s leading technologists and educators who are gaining recognition for their socially impactful innovations and programmes. Here are seven quotes from the continent’s leading tech entrepreneurs and educators that have inspired us recently. 1) “To borrow a phrase from founders of mobile money providers… Read More

Five questions with Dr. Danilo Türk

This week, as particular of our series of interviews with nominees for the next United Nations Secretary General, we were fortunate to speak to Dr. Danilo Türk, Slovenia’s candidate for the position. Dr. Türk discussed the importance of ensuring that women’s voices feature more prominently in developmental decision making, and how for-profit businesses can help… Read More

Agricultural biotechnology: an opportunity for Africa?

Biotechnology encompasses technologies and techniques that utilise living organisms and systems to make products and/or processes of specific use and benefit to human beings. Nowadays biotechnology has become an indispensable tool in social and economic development, and is at the heart of many production systems from agriculture to the manufacturing industry and environment where the… Read More