US President Barack Obama signed into law Monday a measure aimed at expanding electricity to millions of households in sub-Saharan Africa, a measure supporters say will save lives and accelerate growth on the continent. Source: Obama signs Africa power initiative into law; looks to bring electricity to 50 million people | MG Africa Please. Someone. Anyone […]

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Great resource by Infodev (PDF) for African startups trying to understand where they fit into the investment chasm: Evidence suggests the existence of a financing gap for transactions worth up to $500,000, with more severe problems for ventures seeking up to $100,000. Problems in accessing finance are much less severe for transactions exceeding the $500,000 […]

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Consumers who pay extra for coffee or other products with Fairtrade labels may not be helping the lives of the world’s poor, a new study suggests. Researchers from SOAS, University of Londonm spent four years looking at coffee, tea and flower workers in Ethiopia and Uganda. The study finds some at Fairtrade sites earning less […]

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Duncan Green writing for Oxfam’s From Poverty to Power blog: ‘Remittances to Africa are rising. In 2013, transfers to the region were valued at $32 billion, or around 2% of GDP. Charges on remittances to Africa are well above global average levels. Migrants sending $200 home can expect to pay 12% in charges, which is […]

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Post by remit.ug. Building something to solve a long-faced problem is one of the hardest and most satisfying things to undertake. Steve Jobs is famous for saying “we build things we want to use.” Remit.ug has been a labor of love. As a Ugandan Diaspora, I know the pain and wince-inducing cost of sending money […]

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There are moments when being the owner of a struggling African agricultural startup can get overwhelming and it is all I can do to quit and run for the hills. Then there are the moments when I feel like a King of the Hill and my chest fills with pride. The latter moment occurs right […]

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I’ll be speaking at a panel about Women and Innovative Entrepreneurship in Uganda at Georgetown tomorrow. Join us for the screening of the short film, “Barefoot in Business,” which follows the fortunes of three Ugandan business women as they defy statistics, stereotypes and credit restrictions, and go head to head for the 2012 Female Entrepreneur of […]

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I got this question in my email and thought the answer would make for a good post: I’m curious though, why hasn’t VC taken as strong of a hold in Africa? The last two decades it’s stretched to India, but I was curious to your opinion about it not completely taking off in Africa. A […]

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Mick Moore at Africa Research Institute looks into the different tax regimes of anglophone and francophone countries in Africa: Some tax authorities have been quite innovative in their efforts to capture revenue in the informal economy. Some success has been achieved by working closely with local business and trader organisations. For example, the Ghana Revenue […]

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