Driving Innovation in Africa – The AMPION Venture Bus

There are many opportunities for entrepreneurs to toss around ideas, build networks, and test products. However, only one – the AMPION Venture Bus – places innovators on a seven-day road trip across Africa to attend pitching events and build products on the road.

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BRCK by BRCK – Solving Last Mile Connectivity in Africa

“What if we could overcome the problem of unreliable internet and electricity, and reduce the cost of connection?” The BRCK was created to meet this challenge. This portable, rugged, self-powered Wi-Fi device makes accessing the internet simple and reliable, no matter where you are.

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The Global Southern NGO Network: A Long Overdue Idea

The term ‘capacity-building’ has become popular in development circles, particularly in the context of partnering with southern NGOs to improve knowledge and ownership of development initiatives. However, concrete efforts to allow southern NGOs a greater voice have been relatively weak. In April 2015, an African NGO called Adeso released a report outlining the need for a global network of southern NGOs. On the heels of the report, Adeso has announced their aim to do just that.

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Learning Goes Mobile in Lesotho

In Lesotho, only one in three children who start primary school end up completing secondary education. Repetition rates remain high, classrooms are crowded, and teaching resources are limited. Teachers are overburdened and do not have time to hand out homework assignments, resulting in low learning rates outside of the classroom. Sterio.me aims to address these challenges with their new mobile homework program.

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Marine conservation in an octopus’ garden

Blue Ventures strives to work with coastal communities to improve and sustain marine conservation. By getting locals involved, they not only feel empowered, but become actively involved in a project that directly benefits them, indirectly benefits marine life as a whole, and ensures sustainability.

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“The Time Was Right Yesterday”: Transport, Trade & Development

The UK’s DFiD has teamed up with a prominent East African organization for the express purpose of speeding up development – literally. DFiD has prepared a fund that will award grants to individuals or companies that are able to come up with innovative ideas to cut transport costs in the region, which should result in greater market access and incomes for East Africa countries and their populations.

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Canine units help fight against poachers

Dogs have been used as trackers for hundreds of years: to hunt, to find missing persons, and to detect illegal contraband and bombs. Now, they are being used to help track down the illegal poachers that threaten African wildlife. The Big Life Foundation has recently launched the Big Life Tracker Dog Unit to fight poaching in East Africa, where elephants are regularly targeted for their tusks.

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Invest in the Future: Defeat Malaria

Can there be a world without malaria? It will require an expansion of current strategies and innovative solutions, such as the Rapid Assessment of Malaria device, which uses refrigerator strength magnets and a laser point to diagnose malaria, and Malaria Consortium’s use of mobile technology and village health groups to support community health care.

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