Kenya electricity connections up by over 300% between 2012 and 2016

New electricity connections in Kenya increased from approximately 292,000 (2011/12) to 1,253,000 (2015/16) in a single financial year, representing an increase of 329%. Over the same period, the electricity access rate grew to 55% from 27%. The country targets 100% access rate by 2020 through exploitation of locally available energy sources including off-grid solutions. Kenya is currently working with the World Bank to expand off-grid power to enable electricity provision in areas not served by the national grid. Kenya has been implementing power generation expansion initiatives in the last years. Installed capacity stood at 1,765 MW as of June 2013. Since then, the generation capacity has increased by ...

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Corporate-funded R&D is a major opportunity for Science in Africa

Early adopters will have a head-start on the top talent, best partners and first crack at the estimated $280 billion opportunity. It’s well known that the current research and development (R&D) spend in Africa is low, in terms of % of GDP and especially in absolute terms. Leaders in Africa have agreed to increase their investment in R&D to 1% of GDP, but even Africa’s science leader (South Africa) has not managed to reach this target, currently investing 0.7% of their GDP in R&D. One of the key opportunities that we feel has been undervalued to reach the ambitious (but achievable) target of 1% of GDP is increasing the extremely low level of corporate investment in R&D in Africa. We...

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Africa needs an additional 3000 quality higher learning institutions, today.

We believe in the promise and potential of Africa and look forward to the continent growing into its position as a leading member of the global economic community — to reach this goal, we believe that developing a robust higher education system, at scale, is an essential precondition. We have been working in the area of education in Africa for almost 7 years and realize that the scale of the challenge that Africa is facing in building its higher education system seems to be underappreciated. In this post, we lay out our view of the scale of the challenge we’re facing in Africa. Our estimates, based on best-available demographic and enrollment data from the UN, UNESCO and the World Bank, are that t...

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