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NGOs urged to push for more firms to hand over data

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By Puneet Koliparra – SciDev.Net NGOs could play a pivotal role in shaping how the treasure-trove of data held securely by the private sector drives global development, a UN expert has said. Big data has a raft of potential development applications, from measuring outcomes of projects to predicting the spread of diseases. But at last month’s annual conference of Bond, …

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Canada and Australia select five African research teams to improve food security

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Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) today announced five projects in Eastern and Southern Africa to address food security problems. The projects are funded through Cultivate Africa’s Future (CultiAF), a four-year, $15-million partnership between the two agencies. CultiAF supports innovative research on post-harvest systems, nutrition, and sustainable water use. It will …

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Orange and USAID join forces to boost mHealth innovations across Africa

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The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) (www.usaid.gov) and global telecommunications operator Orange (http://www.orange.com) announced a new alliance to develop innovations in mobile health (mHealth) at the Global mHealth Forum (http://www.mhealthsummit.org/globalmhealthforum) in Washington, DC. These mHealth innovations will help treat and care for individuals in developing countries across Africa. “With the increasing use and decreasing cost of mobile phones, leveraging …

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Research in Africa to Help End Poaching and Improve Household Economies

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New research being conducted by Houghton College in East Africa may lead to reduced human-wildlife conflict in African national parks by locals who illegally hunt big game often as the only means of protecting or financially supporting their families. During the spring 2014 semester, 14 (and others from Wheaton and Westmont colleges) conducted research in villages outside Ruaha National Park …

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SA: Thousands walk for Madiba

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By– SAnews.gov.za Pretoria – Thousands of people of all ages participated in the Mandela Remembrance Walk, which took place in Pretoria this weekend. This was in celebration of the legacy of Nelson Mandela, the founding father of South Africa’s democracy. The Gauteng provincial government, in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, launched the Nelson Mandela Remembrance Walk, which took place on Saturday, …

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Ghana: Text ‘Stop Ebola’ to short code 7979

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Mobile operators in Ghana have joined forces to support a campaign to fight the deadly Ebola virus. The Africa-wide campaign dubbed “United Against Ebola” will enable the operators to raise funds from customers sand channel them to supports efforts against the disease. The initiative, operating under the hash tag ‘#AfricaAgainstEbola’, will use an SMS dedicated platform to raise funds for …

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Millicom supports African Union fight against Ebola

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Millicom (STO:MIC)(NASDAQ:MICC), the international telecommunications and media company, announced today its support for the African Union’s (AU) campaign to raise funds for its fight against the Ebola virus in West Africa. The initiative, operating under the hashtag ‘#AfricaAgainstEbola’, will use an SMS dedicated platform to raise funds for the deployment of African health workers to affected countries. Ebola has claimed …

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Notre Dame biologist leads sequencing of the genomes of malaria-carrying mosquitoes

Nora Besansky, O'Hara Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dam

Nora Besansky, O’Hara Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame and a member of the University’s Eck Institute for Global Health, has led an international team of scientists in sequencing the genomes of 16 Anopheles mosquito species from around the world. Anopheles mosquitoes are responsible for transmitting human malaria parasites that cause an estimated 200 million cases …

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Bitcoin Shop to Donate a Portion of Its Ecommerce Gross Profits to Help Africare Fight Ebola

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Bitcoin Shop, Inc. (OTCQB: BTCS) (“Bitcoin Shop” or the “Company”), operator of the digital currency ecommerce marketplace www.btcs.com, which is undertaking the build-out of a universal digital currency ecosystem, today announced its plans to donate fifty percent (50%) of its ecommerce gross profits to Africare, a Washington, DC based non-profit organization, starting November 28, 2014 through December 31, 2014. Africare …

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White House Garden Harvests Vitamin-A Rich Orange Sweet Potato

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The sweet potato was chosen to highlight its role in improving the nutrition and health of millions of children and women throughout sub-Saharan Africa For the first time, this year’s crop in the U.S. White House kitchen garden included orange sweet potato (OSP), a root vegetable rich in vitamin A, that is becoming popular in Africa. The sweet potato was …

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