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The Transition to Low-carbon Energy Technologies in Africa
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The Transition to Low-carbon Energy Technologies in Africa

Presentation by James Haselip of the UNEP-DTU Partnership at the CAAST-Net Plus Workshop for Early-career Energy and Technology Policy Researchers (Kigali, Rwanda: 21-22 July 2016). [Image credit: UNEP-DTU Partnership]

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mHealth4Afrika Consortium Wins Horizon 2020 Grant
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mHealth4Afrika Consortium Wins Horizon 2020 Grant

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A health innovation project consortium, mHealth4Afrika, has received a €3 million Horizon 2020 grant to create an app for managing patient and client information within the public healthcare sector. “In [South Africa] and other African countries, where primary and public healthcare records are mostly paper based, electronic record management will contribute to more efficient healthcare management,” an article published on Business Day Live reports. “The system will work on any device that can access the internet.” The mHealthAfrika project will run over a period of three years, and operate in public hospitals based in South Africa, Kenya, Malawi and Ethiopia. “If the mHealth4Afrika project succeeds in the three-year pilot project, it will be implemented in 14 other African countries and expanded to include all areas of public hospital healthcare,” the article adds. [Image credit: European Commission]

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South Africa to Host Major ICT Conference
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South Africa to Host Major ICT Conference

Preparations are underway for the ICT South Africa 2016 Conference. The event aims to “to unlock South Africa’s economic potential and ensure that huge cross-sector ICT investment delivers faster and more effective results,” its website says. Health, education and oceans economy stakeholders are expected at the event. The event is organised by African Brains with the support of SA’s Department of Telecommunications & Postal Services. Express interest at http://ictsouthafrica.com/2016. [Image credit: Flickr, World Bank]

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Annual e-Learning Africa Conference Heads to Cairo
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Annual e-Learning Africa Conference Heads to Cairo

The eleventh e-Learning Africa conference will take place in Cairo, Egypt, from 24-26 May 2016. According to the conference website, the gathering aims to bring together key stakeholders to discuss a range of ICT and education issues. “As the largest conference of its kind, the three-day event is a must for those wanting to develop multinational, cross-industry partnerships and contacts whilst sharing knowledge and learning new skills,” the website says. The conference is to be hosted by Egypt’s Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA). [Image credit: e-Learning Africa]

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The New African Space Policy
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The New African Space Policy

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The African Union adopted its African Space Policy and Strategy on 31 January 2016 during an official gathering of heads of state. According to an article on the African Brains website, the strategy “outlines the ambitious high-level goals to mobilise the continent to develop the necessary institutions and capacities to harness space technologies for socio-economic benefits that improve the quality of lives and create wealth for Africans.” [Image credit: African Union]

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Conference on Science Advice: ASSAF, DST and IAP Team Up
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Conference on Science Advice: ASSAF, DST and IAP Team Up

The Academy of Science of South Africa, the Department of Science and Technology of South Africa and the InterAcademy Panel are hosting a conference on the science-policy nexus and the Sustainable Development Goals. “From ending hunger and ensuring food security, to combating climate change and ensuring sustainable use of the oceans, science is at the heart of many of these goals,” says an event announcement. Sessions will focus on topics such as the ‘Science advice ecosystem’, ‘Country readiness for science advice’, and ‘Science advice in the international arena with a special focus on synthetic biology’. [Image credit: Flickr, US Army Africa]

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Guanomad's Contribution to Food and Nutrition Security
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Guanomad's Contribution to Food and Nutrition Security

Presentation by Erick Rajaoanary, founder of Guanomad in Madagascar, at the Africa Techno Forum CAAST-Net Plus Roundtable Discussion on Food Security, Innovation and Private Sector Engagement (South Africa, Johannesburg: 26 November 2015). [Image credit: E. Rajaoanary]

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 Innovative Funding for Agribusiness SMEs
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Innovative Funding for Agribusiness SMEs

Presentation by Francois Stepman of the PAEPARD project at the Africa Techno Forum CAAST-Net Plus Roundtable Discussion on Food Security, Innovation and Private Sector Engagement (South Africa, Johannesburg: 26 November 2015). [Image credit: F. Stepman]

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