How do we explain corporate board structure in sub-Saharan Africa?

This study examines the determinants of corporate board structure in selected sub-Saharan Africa. We specifically investigate which firm-level characteristics exhibit any link whatsoever with board size, board composition and board leadership structure in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa. Read more

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Africa ‘needs to do more to boost innovation’

From SciDev: Théodore Kouadio


[ABIDJAN, COTE D’IVOIRE] The European Union and Sub-Saharan Africa must create an institutional environment to encourage innovation on the African continent, a conference has heard.

The second meeting of the Network for the Coordination and Advancement of Sub-Saharan
Africa-EU Science and Technology Cooperation (CAAST-Net), held in Dakar, Senegal, last month (24–25 April), recommended that African governments bring together industry and academia to use innovation for the development of their respective countries. Read more

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2 breakthrough innovations to address maternal and newborn deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa

Saving Lives at Birth partnership supports bold ideas to save the lives of women and their babies from innovators motivated by tragic personal losses

Although Kenyan Sam Agutu and Nigerian Aminu Gamawa come from different countries and backgrounds, they share a common passionate commitment – to save the lives of women giving birth and guarantee infants a healthy start. Read more

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New bamboo charcoal tech to jumpstart African bioenergy sector, slow deforestation and climate change

China-Africa collaboration focuses on bamboo to provide cleaner, safer ‘green’ energy source for sub-Saharan Africa

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA )—Bamboo, a plant not often associated with Africa, may be the key to combating soil degradation and massive deforestation on the continent as an alternative source of energy.

A partnership among African nations and communities, the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) and China are working to substitute bamboo charcoal and firewood for forest wood on which 80 percent of the rural population in sub-Saharan Africa depends for its fuel needs. Read more

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InnovationAfrica: The year in review

In 2011, we published 550 stories. Over half of the stories were in Agriculture, Knowledge Management, and ICT. In terms of impact, Agriculture and Medicine has been the most significant. Read more

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ICT must be used in improving the employability of youth

The use of ICT to strengthen youth employability in the developing world ought to be pursued vigorously. To be clear: ICTs aren’t the only route to improving the employability of youth, but it should be used as a key tool because of the anticipated growth potential and youth employability crisis experienced by most societies in the developing world. Read more

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