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Newsletter - January 2018

Dear colleagues,

Happy New Year! 2018 is expected to bring many exciting advances to the global aid and development communities.

A recent US$55 million financing has been approved to support remote African communities gaining access to renewable energy. The African Development Bank estimates that 600 million people lack access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Preparations are underway for the 3rd annual Aid & Development Africa Summit next month in Nairobi, Kenya. This year, the AIDF team is particularly excited to launch the Innovator of the Year Award. With the call for innovative solutions to alleviate poverty and drive Africa towards the Sustainable Development Goals growing louder each day, the award celebrates individuals for their inspiring leadership, creative problem-solving and innovative approaches to humanitarian and development challenges.

Empowering local communities to make meaningful choices is paramount to ending extreme poverty in remote rural communities. Read more in our interview with Pauline Wambeti, Country Director of Nuru Kenya. While Johanes Koku Nyagblordzro, the Executive Chairman of the Center for Africa Development and Progress (CADeP) discusses a ‘turning point’ in Africa’s leadership and how to transform ideologies into creativity and innovation.

Next week AIDF will host a live webinar on ‘Improving Adoption Of Climate Smart Agriculture Innovations in Africa’. David Del Conte, Partnerships Advisor at United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and Noelle O'Brien, Team Leader of Finance Innovation for Climate Change Fund (FICCF) will offer first-hand insight into climate-smart innovations, partnerships and financing. There is still time to join, register here!

Kind Regards,

Innovate, Save Lives

Innovate, Save Lives,
Advance our World

As we enter 2018, the humanitarian challenges of the previous year amplify, with increasing population numbers, greater impacts of climate change and frequent yet unpredictable natural disasters. The call for innovative solutions to alleviate poverty and build stronger communities grows louder each day. Recent years have seen multiple creative and impactful solutions to global aid and development. Read our summary of the most eminent innovations.

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$55m financing

$55m financing to help African communities access renewable energy

A group of investors has approved new investments to support remote African communities gain access to renewable energy. The African Development Bank is the most recent to approve a $30-million investment towards the ‘Facility for Energy Inclusion Off-Grid Energy Access Fund’. The Fund is a major initiative from the bank to enable financing for small-scale renewable energy projects.

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CSA webinar
Johanes Koku Nyagblordzro

Interview with Johanes Koku Nyagblordzro, Chairman of CADeP

"We, at the Center for Africa Development and Progress (CADeP), have come to the realisation that Africa has been wishful in its thinking for too long. Leadership has failed drastically, and the time has come for a ‘leadership turning point’. We must begin to walk our talk and wishes. There are lots of ideologies in Africa but how are we transforming these ideologies into creativity and innovation?"

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A mindset not a formula – global health partnerships making an impact in Africa

In many ways, the Health Partnership Scheme (HPS) has sailed through uncharted waters. At over £30m, it is the biggest UK Government investment in the global health partnerships model so far, eclipsing the previous £3.2m International Health Links Funding Scheme. Initially set to run from 2011 to 2015, it has been extended twice.

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Pauline Wambeti

Interview with Pauline Wambeti, Country Director of Nuru Kenya

"Our mission is to end extreme poverty in remote rural communities. Our model involves empowering the local people to make meaningful choices. Cross-industry collaboration can be further achieved by integrating appropriate ecosystems, making new connections, building the local community’s capacity and be holding individuals accountable to their inclusion commitments".

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AIDF Africa Summit

3rd annual
Aid & Development Africa Summit

27-28 February 2018
Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi

Join #AIDFAfrica and explore best practice, innovations and opportunities for sustainable collaboration in Africa's aid and development!

Latest speaker confirmations include Wangui Muthigani, Program Manager, Maternal & Newborn Health, Ministry of Health, Kenya, Marleen Temmerman, Chair, Department OB/GYN, Aga Khan University Hospital, Sam Stephens, CEO, Clean the World, Laura Scanlon, Founder, TEGA Girl Effect Tech and many more!

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Register Here

Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Summit
15-16 May 2018
Trademark Hotel, Nairobi

We have secured the Trademark Hotel, situated a short distance from the UN head-quarters in Africa, on 15-16th May.

Latest speaker confirmations include Gabriel Rugalema, Representative, Kenya, FAO, Bill Rustrick, CEO, Clinton Development Initiative (CDI), Isabel Joy, Principal Secretary, The National Treasury, Kenya and Stephen Muchiri, CEO, Eastern Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF) and many more!

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