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Marc Mcilhone is AfricanBrains' Editor - sourcing news and features content and overseeing the work of the site’s contributors. Marc’s work is informed by his technical background in architecture having worked for some of the UK’s leading practices on projects within the education, healthcare and housing sectors. Marc has a particular interest in how African innovators are creating sustainable solutions that have a positive impact on people’s everyday lives. Please email press releases and news to:

DIDX Serves as Media Partner for AfricaCom


DIDX, the wholesale DID phone number marketplace of 25,000 telecom, voIP, and MVNO members, participated as media partner and blogging team member for the November 17 – 19, 2015 AfricaCom in Cape Town, South Africa. The DIDX team produced the popular AfricaCom blog post of “Four technologies that telecom operator dreams are made of.” Participants were able to learn from …

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SA business delegation arrives in Cameroon

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By – Pretoria – A South African business delegation has arrived in Cameroon on the second leg of an Outward Trade and Investment Mission, said the Department of Trade and Industry (dti). The investment mission, which is organised by the dti, is aimed at strengthening South Africa’s trade and investment with the Economic Community of Central African States. The …

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The African Union Commission celebrates the 21st Africa Industrialization Day


The African Union Commission (AUC) celebrated the 21st Africa Industrialization Day in Cairo, Egypt under the theme: “Developing SMEs for Poverty eradication and Job creation for Women and Youth”. The celebration was organized by the Department of Trade and Industry of the African Union Commission in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations Economic Commission …

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IMF Executive Board Concludes Article IV Consultation with Cameroon


The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation with Cameroon1. The economy has shown resilience in the face of the twin shocks of the oil price slump and heightened security threats, with the robust growth of 2014 continuing into 2015. Growth is broad-based and projected to reach 5.9 percent in 2015, buoyed by increased …

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Facebook and Jumia inspire Nigerian entrepreneurs with growth ideas


Facebook and Jumia Nigeria partnered to host the first ‘Boost Your Business’ event in Nigeria. Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) ( and Jumia Nigeria ( partnered to host the first ‘Boost Your Business’ event in Nigeria last Thursday (19 November) at the Landmark Event Centre. More than 500 Nigerian entrepreneurs gathered to network, hear about marketing best practices, and learn about how they …

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Foreign Aid Impact on Africa’s Development Speech

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Foreign aid impact on Africa’s development, speech delivered by Jon Benjamin at Tedx Accra. Whether foreign aid works has been polarized between the “Oh yes it does” camp and those who respond “Oh no it doesn’t.” That’s too simplistic a juxtaposition. Some might say that the fact that we are still asking this most basic question about aid over 60 …

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Factsheet on Pan-African Action Plan projects


The European Commission has announced nearly €150 million for nine projects to support governance and human rights, as well as innovation and learning throughout the African continent. The following projects were announced on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November 2015, as part of the ‘Pan-African Action Plan’, which will specifically target women and …

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SA: Beating disability with courage


By Gabi Khumalo – Every morning, Bele Netshiheni would wake up with a smile, looking foward to playing with and sharing stories with her learners in one of the primary schools in Thohoyandou, where she worked as a teacher. On weekends, she would go out with her friends and spend quality time with her two children. Everything seemed normal. …

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SA company makes progress in Uganda


By – Pretoria – An Outward Selling and Investment Mission (OSIM) to Uganda has given a South African agro-processing company a chance to build relations with potential investors and buyers in that country. William Haywood, a Pretoria based agro-processing expert in the cooking gel industry, says his company was part of the delegation that visited Uganda with the Department …

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Announcing the Partnership Between Afrika Tikkun USA and Shea Yeleen – a Collaboration Designed to Support Sub-Saharan African Communities

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(– Afrika Tikkun USA and Shea Yeleen are excited to announce their collaborative relationship, designed to support Afrika Tikkun’s Cradle to Career holistic development model in South Africa. Shea Yeleen’s shea butter-based skin care products create living wage opportunities for women shea producers in Northern Ghana. Effective immediately, Shea Yeleen is committed to donating 5% of net sales using the …

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