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Africa Smart Cities Investment Summit: Paving the Way for Smart and Sustainable Urbanization

In a world experiencing an unprecedented surge in urbanization, the African continent stands at the forefront, poised to welcome a staggering 760 million urban dwellers by 2030 — a 50% increase from 2015. With the unfolding of this phenomenon, the imperative to harness the power of technology and innovation has reached unparalleled heights.

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Exploring Africa’s Food Systems Transformation: Highlights from the 13th AGRF

The 13th Africa Food Systems Forum (AGRF), held from September 5 to 8, 2023 at the Julius Nyerere International Conference Center in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, marked a significant milestone in the pursuit of sustainable agriculture and food systems on the African continent. The four-day event, with the theme, “Recover, Regenerate, Act: Africa’s Solutions to…

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Africa Climate Week: Shaping Climate Solutions for a Sustainable Future

Africa Climate Week, conducted in parallel with the Africa Climate Summit, facilitated meaningful dialogues on climate solutions, addressing barriers and identifying opportunities across different regions. This collective effort brought together policymakers, businesses, and civil society actors in preparation of the first global stock-take concluding at COP28, the 2023 UN Climate Change Conference, in UAE.

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African Climate Summit 2023: Driving Green Growth and Climate Finance Solutions

The African Climate Summit (ACS) 2023 was held in Nairobi, Kenya from September 4 to 6, with the theme “Driving Green Growth and Climate Finance Solutions for Africa and the World”.

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A Transformative Week for Africa’s Sustainable Future

An extraordinary week unfolded between September 4 and 8, 2023, heralding a series of events that are shaping the sustainable future of Africa. The convergence of the Africa Climate Summit and Africa Climate Week in Nairobi, the Africa Food Systems Forum in Dar Es Salaam, and the Africa Smart Cities Investment Summit in Kigali marked…

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A New Frontier: Blended Finance for Building Urban Slum Resilience

The recent pandemic has shed light on the weaknesses of urban management systems, offering us a chance to rethink and redesign our cities. Slums are inextricably linked to the cities they emerge in, and the health of these communities has far-reaching implications on a city’s ability to respond to external shocks. This article explores how…

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Driving Africa’s Future of Work through Digital Transformation: The Crucial Role of Systems Orchestrators

Discover how our report, “Advancing the Future of Work in Africa through Digital Transformation: The Role of Systems Orchestrators,” illustrates that with stable and empowered systems orchestrators – individuals or entities responsible for coordinating and managing digital transformation efforts – African countries can accelerate their progress in adopting digital technologies, ultimately achieving rapid socioeconomic development.

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How a Dalberg-led initiative is launching the first Biodiversity Project Accelerator in Africa

Given the intricacies associated with biodiversity and ecosystems, successful funding for interventions requires a comprehensive approach. That’s where Biodiversity Investments—Researcher & Accelerator (BIRA) comes in. Hosted by the African Leadership University and co-funded by Dalberg and FSD Africa, BIRA aims to enhance biodiversity measurement and cultivate a robust pipeline of investment opportunities in Africa. BIRA…

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Unlocking Public Finance for Education Innovations with Elimu-Soko: Lessons from Rwanda

Many innovators are developing cost-effective solutions for boosting the quality of education. However, public financing is not always available to introduce these innovations in public education systems. Discover how Dalberg, in partnership with the Hempel Foundation, launched the groundbreaking Elimu-Soko program, which aims to unlock public financing for private sector innovations. The first pilot in…

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Empowering Women Through Economic Independence and Entrepreneurship, South-East Mexico Pilot

The South-East of Mexico is known for its remarkable cultural and biological diversity. However, it faces a paradoxical situation as one of the most challenged areas in the country, lagging in economic, educational, and health indicators. The disconnect between this immense natural and cultural wealth and the prevalence of poverty underscores the complex dynamics at…

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