News : Development

IDB approves record US$21.6B in lending to regional countries

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) said it provided a record US$21.6 billion this year to assist its 26 member countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to manage the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The... (

Major water supply project set to benefit rural Jamaicans

Nearly 100,000 rural Jamaicans are poised to benefit from improved water supply, under a major project to be executed with funding support of US$30 million from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). The loan was approved for allocation from the... (

J’can prisoners: armed and dangerous – report

An Inter-American Development Bank study has revealed that Jamaica leads the Caribbean in the number of inmates who were armed with weapons when they committed a crime. And it is not during killings that the high percentage of the inmates have... (

Tamron Hall, Chriselle Lim, Shannon Watts, Ai-jen Poo and More Join Power Women Summit 2020 (

Alphabet’s X partners with Econet Group to roll out Project Taara wireless light-beam broadband in Africa

Alphabet’s X ‘Moonshot Factory’ subsidiary has a lot of cutting edge projects in development, so it’s always exciting when one of them gets ready for real-world deployment. On Tuesday, X announced that its ‘Project Taara’ high-speed optical wireless broadband endeavor is working with internet provider Econet and its subsidiaries to begin rolling out its tech […] (

Huawei Collaborates with Geekulcha to Host a Series of Developer Workshops Online

Global tech giant Huawei and local tech entrepreneur Mixo Fortune Ngoveni, Founder and CEO of Geekulcha, have collaborated to host a series of app developer workshops. These are aimed at helping budding developers and students in South Africa to harness Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) Core capabilities for app development skills and to advance innovation.  Geekulcha […] (

How Digital Payments could Foster African Development

The World Bank has estimated that Africa could potentially hold 90% of the global poor population by 2030 and has recently cut its economic growth predictions to between -2.1% and -5.1% in 2020 from the 2.4% of 2019. The situation has been significantly worsened by the global pandemic, as the continent hits its first recession in 25 […] (

Sundance Institute Expands Board With Diverse Group of 7 New Trustees (

Simon Kinberg to Write ‘Battlestar Galactica’ for Universal (

2020 Hindsight After 20 Years at ICANN (

Basalt Technology Appoints New MD

Basalt Technologies has appointed Kyle Hauptfleisch at its new MD. Together with Wayne Zwiers, Basalt’s founder and CEO, Hauptfleisch is expected to lead the software development agency as it expands operations from Africa throughout the UK and Europe. Hauptfleisch has more than 15 years of senior management, business development, and general strategy experience, seven of […] (

‘Space Mountain’ Movie in the Works Based on Disney World Roller Coaster (

Demand for Data in Africa is Increasing, Here’s How

Africa has become home to over a billion people and the population is expected to grow in the coming years. The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector is essential for Africa’s development and adequate ICT service deployment and digital connectivity will play a crucial role in the continent achieving economic sustainability. The forecast is that […] (

T-Systems Invites Submissions for Enterprise Supplier Development Program

T-Systems South Africa invites qualifying small businesses to submit their bids to join the T-Systems Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) Program. The closing date for submissions is 12 noon on the 31st of August 2020.  The T-Systems ESD Program is aimed at developing Exempt Micro Enterprise (EME) and Qualifying Small Enterprise (QSE) Suppliers to support […] (

Mining, quarry operators get $9 million in grants

Grants totalling approximately $9 million (EU51,000) have been awarded to 12 mining and quarry operators under phase two of the African, Caribbean and Pacific-European Union (ACP-EU) Minerals Development Programme. The funds are being provided... (

The Challenge of Access to Safe Internet Pharmacies and Medicines During Pandemics (

OneWeb Rises From the Ashes – Maybe (

Rotterdam, Sundance Team With Realness to Support African Producers

The Rotterdam Film Festival’s facilitation and talent incubator wing IFFR Pro has teamed with the Sundance Institute, European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs and the Realness Institute for Creative Producer Indaba, a year-long professional development initiative aimed at supporting producers from Africa. The inaugural batch of 17 emerging producers was announced Monday. They will participate in online workshops […] (

Mastercard Foundation Partners with USIU-Africa to Expand Higher Education Access in Africa

USIU-Africa and the Mastercard Foundation have partnered to enable 1,000 high-performing students to receive a quality education and leadership development over the next 10 years under the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Programme. The partnership provides scholarships for high potential students facing financial, gender, displacement or disability constraints. At least 70 per cent of the young people […] (

Is Africa Ready for Digital Enablement?

The World Economic Forum (WEF) believes that there are five hotspots that need to be targeted by the public sector in Africa and the theme that underpins them all is… digital. Digital is the infrastructure that the public sector needs to enable skills development, innovation, connectivity, economy and data-driven insights. Digital enablement is the firelighter […] (

‘Monster Hunter’ Video Game Adaptation With Milla Jovovich Moves Back to April 2021 (

Is the Global Pandemic an Opportunity to Reimagine Urban Development in Africa?

The need for social distancing and better sanitation could leapfrog development of African cities into a more sustainable future. This is according to Duncan Bonnett, Director of Market Access & Research at Africa House, and research partner of exhibition organiser Messe Muenchen South Africa. He says that, while Africa’s architects and planners have long been […] (

Angola Committed to Meeting Energy Objectives Amid Worldwide Pandemic

Africa Oil & Power, the African Energy Chamber and the U.S-Angola Chamber of Commerce presented the webinar: Powering Forward – The Pathway to Grid Stability, Increased Capacity and a Diversified Angolan Economy, on Thursday. This webinar addressed how Angola can continue to prioritize its development of national transmission and distribution capacities in the long-term, with […] (

Margot Robbie, Christina Hodson to Partner on New ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Film (

Huawei Partners with SovTech to Develop HMS Apps

Huawei has partnered with software development company, SovTech, to assist with refiguring the core services of some of South Africa’s most used mobile apps to be able to function fully on its mobile ecosystem – Huawei Mobile Services (HMS). “SovTech is responsible for developing a new Android Package File (APK) that would work on the […] (

South Africa’s President Praises Amazon’s Job Creation Efforts

South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa has commended Amazon for its commitment to creating over 3000 jobs for locals. Ramaphosa notes, in his weekly newsletter, that this development comes at a time when many businesses are doing all they can to stay afloat in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown. “Our economy is […] (

Ericsson Aims to Enable Financial Inclusion and Development Across Africa

As the world grapples with the COVID-19 health crisis, the desire for mobile money and contactless payments is on the rise to avoid infections and disease transmission. With mobile money, customers can make payments anywhere at any time with their mobile devices connected to the Internet which decreases exposure to physical money, Point of Sales […] (

Arthur Ashe Biopic in Development From ‘Da 5 Bloods’ Writer Kevin Willmott (

Universal Music Group Opens Shop in Morocco, Israel

Universal Music Group (UMG) has expanded its Middle East and North Africa operations by launching new divisions in Morocco and Israel. Universal Music Morocco will operate from Casablanca, led by business development executive Serena Safieddine, who will work alongside UMG’s regional headquarters in Dubai, and report into Patrick Boulos, CEO of Universal Music MENA. The […] (

4 Ways Digitisation Can Unlock Africa’s Recovery from COVID-19

The UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development estimates that an additional $109 billion in investment is required to achieve universal, affordable, and good quality broadband internet access by 2030. To put this number into context, Vodafone – one of the biggest investors in African telecoms infrastructure – spends around $1 billion annually on network upgrades […] (

Networks Unlimited Africa Continues to Nurture IT Skills On-premise

Networks Unlimited Africa has a long history of supporting skills development for young people in the ICT arena. Having taken on board two technical interns in April 2018, Charles Rebele and David Monkwe, both young men are now furthering their careers with the company and going from strength to strength. CEO Anton Jacobsz notes, “We […] (