Africa’s Great Green Wall receives more than US$14billion funding boost

Africa’s Great Green Wall (GGW) has received US$14.326 billion in new funding to fast track efforts to restore degrading land, save biological diversity as well as create green jobs and build resilience of the Sahelian people.   The GGW veers along the southern margin of Africa’s Sahara Desert running from the Atlantic coast to the Red Sea. The Great Green Wall Accelerator makes up 30% of … Continue reading Africa’s Great Green Wall receives more than US$14billion funding boost

Cheetahs return to one of Africa’s most important wetlands in Zambia

Bangweulu Wetlands in Zambia has received a small founding group of cheetahs – the first of their species to return to this unique community-owned, protected wetland in almost a century. On Thursday December 17th, the Government of Zambia announced the successful translocation of An initial three cheetahs were translocated from South Africa in a collaboration between Zambia’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW), African Parks, the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), Ashia … Continue reading Cheetahs return to one of Africa’s most important wetlands in Zambia

Electric motorbikes helping rural women in Zimbabwe earn an income and pick up essentials for their families

Women in Zimbabwe are being given access to electric tricycles helping them to transport and sell their goods, as well as shave off hours usually spent walking to pick up essential items for their families. Powered by a solar-charged lithium ion battery, the three-wheeler, known as the Hamba, is being piloted by start-up Mobility for Africa, which leases the motorcycle to women in Wedza in … Continue reading Electric motorbikes helping rural women in Zimbabwe earn an income and pick up essentials for their families

Benin-based business turns cashew nut shell waste into a balm for use in paints and industrial products

A Benin-based company has found a way to recycle cashew nut shell waste, which is otherwise harmful to the soil and the atmosphere due to its acidic oil content, by turning it in to a liquid balm for use in the paint and aeronautics industries. Food company Fludor began production of cashew balm at its Benin-based cashew facility last year. Cashew oil is, which is … Continue reading Benin-based business turns cashew nut shell waste into a balm for use in paints and industrial products

Africa’s largest Transboundary Conservation Area awarded a $19.1 million boost to create a cross-border nature reserve

A cross-border conservation programme in Africa, which boasts an ecosystem spanning the size of France, has been awarded €16.9 million ($19.1 million) funding from the Dutch Postcode Lottery. The Kavango Zambezi nature reserve, known as KAZA, is a unique place which stretches out over five countries in Southern Africa, straddling the borders of Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. It houses the largest inland river delta, … Continue reading Africa’s largest Transboundary Conservation Area awarded a $19.1 million boost to create a cross-border nature reserve

Warka Tower: Sustainable structure that collects water from the rain and air helping rural populations access drinkable water

A vertical structure made from bamboo and mesh, otherwise known as the Warka Tower, is helping rural populations in Africa that face challenges in accessing drinkable water to collect and harvest potable water from the air and rain. The Warka Tower, designed by architect Arturio Vittori, collects water from the rain and harvests fog and dew. Made from biodegradable and 100% recyclable materials, the vase-shaped … Continue reading Warka Tower: Sustainable structure that collects water from the rain and air helping rural populations access drinkable water

Sides of a Horn: Short dramatic film aims to tell the story of Africa’s poaching crisis from both sides

Sides of a Horn, a short dramatic film by director Toby Wosskow and executive producer Richard Branson, is the first film to tell the story of Africa’s poaching war from both sides of the fence. The short film, which you can watch below, explores how two men from the same family in find themselves on opposite sides of Africa’s poaching crisis. Based on actual events … Continue reading Sides of a Horn: Short dramatic film aims to tell the story of Africa’s poaching crisis from both sides

The Great Green Wall: Africa’s solution to help fight climate change

Communities in sub-Saharan Africa to build a “Green Wall” that will contribute to their sustainable future. The $8bn project, known as The Great Green Wall, aims to restore Africa’s degraded landscapes and in the process transform millions of lives in one of the world’s poorest regions, the Sahel. The Sahel continues to suffer from widespread drought, villages have been deserted and the ecosystem is threatened. To … Continue reading The Great Green Wall: Africa’s solution to help fight climate change

Solar Sister: Women, the driving force behind clean energy use in Africa

Solar Sister is creating a woman-powered green energy revolution in Africa, including in some of the most rural areas, by training women to sell clean energy sources and so becoming self-sufficient and economically independent. The not-for-profit social enterprise, Solar Sister, has a network of female entrepreneurs operating throughout Africa, bringing life-changing, affordable clean energy to their communities. The organisation recruits women in some of the most … Continue reading Solar Sister: Women, the driving force behind clean energy use in Africa