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African Forest Restoration Pledges Exceed 2030 Target, Boost Bonn Challenge Achievements | News | SDG Knowledge Hub


2 October 2018: In just three years since its launch, pledges by 27 countries under the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100) have surpassed the regional target of restoring 100 million hectares of degraded land by 2030.

With commitments totaling 111 million hectares, Africa currently accounts for nearly 75% of the 2020 global forest restoration target under the Bonn Challenge, which aims to bring 150 million hectares of land into restoration by 2020.

The latest tally follows pledges by Togo, Burkina Faso and Tanzania to restore nearly 12 million hectares. The commitments were announced at the third AFR100 annual meeting on the sidelines of the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, in August 2018, which brought together 39 technical and financial…

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Athletics – Farah and Rupp face African challenge in Chicago


The spotlight will be on former training partners Mo Farah and Galen Rupp but African runners could prevail in what promises to be a stellar but wet Chicago Marathon on Sunday.

Horse Racing – Royal Ascot – Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Britain – June 20, 2018 Mo Farah Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

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BRICS Skills Challenge Expo important for cooperation: S. African gov’t – Xinhua


JOHANNESBURG, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) — The BRICS Future Skills Challenge is important in the bloc’s cooperation in preparing the youths for the future to take part in the countries’ development, said a South African senior government official on Wednesday.

South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Buti Manamela said this on Wednesday while touring the BRICS 2018 Future Skills Challenge and Expo in Johannesburg.

“The skills displayed here shows how the future will look like. It is interesting to see the skills we have under one roof building robots and drones from scratch. It shows some teamwork with the youths working together learning from each other,” said Manamela.

The teams taking part in the skills challenge comprises of entrepreneurs and innovators from the five BRICS…

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Can evidence solve the governance challenge in Africa? – African Institute for Development Policy


Good Governance Strand Leader

Director – Science Communications & Evidence Uptake, African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP), Kenya 

[As published 26 April, 2018 on the Africa Evidence Network]

Former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, once said, “good governance is perhaps the single most important factor in eradicating poverty and promoting development”. This is because bad governance that often manifests through, among others, mismanagement of public resources, corruption, waste, and a lack of…

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Pan African banking group Ecobank Announces Winners of 2018 Fintech Challenge | Crowdfund Insider


Pan African banking group Ecobank announced on Friday the winners of the 2018 Ecobank Fintech Challenge. As previously reported, the Challenge’s contestants must be one of the following categories:

  • Remittances
  • Digital Sales/Marketing
  • Offline mobile to mobile payments
  • Digital Onboarding/ Account Opening/ KYC
  • SME Intra-Africa Trade Platform
  • Multi-Channel Corporate Payments/ Collections Ecosystems

According to Ecobank, Nala, from Tanzania, was named the overall winner of the competition. Virtual Identity from South Africa and Wallet.ng from Nigeria were the first and second runners-up. They won cash prizes worth US$10,0000, $7,000 and US$5,000. Speaking about the winners, Ade Ayeyemi, Ecobank Group CEO, stated:

“We are proud of the impressive start-ups that made…

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Treasure Beach takes up Caribbean Climate Smart Accelerator challenge


With fishing, farming and community-based tourism as the way of life for residents of the rural, coastal community of Treasure Beach stakeholders are keen for Treasure Beach to be a climate conscious community.

Through the Special Climate Change Adaptation Fund – AP&FM Project PPCR, Do Good Jamaica received a grant from the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ) to do just that. 

“This is a tight knit community on the climate change front line where the lives and livelihoods of the residents are inextricably linked to the environment. Resilience is embedded in the culture.  So, with the support of the community, we applied for a grant to give the residents tools to become more resilient, adapt and grow” explained Deika Morrison, co-founder of Do Good Jamaica.

In explaining his…

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