Electrifying The Deserts Of Africa

By Akani Chauke

During last week's Unlocking Solar Capital Africa conference, Solarplaza unveiled 'The Solar Future: Deserts of Africa', a new platform aimed at exploring the opportunities that accompany solar PV development in Africa's deserts. This new two-day event will be hosted in Dakar, Senegal on 13-14 March 2019.

"At Solarplaza, we want to facilitate the solar energy sector by expanding into new markets early on, markets that capture both opportunities and challenges. We believe that, by launching our African desert platform, we keep true to our mission of positively impacting the world by accelerating the sustainable energy transition," said Lydia van Os, Africa Lead and Project Manager at Solarplaza.

With a dispersed, but rapidly growing population, desert countries will need to tap into a combination of solar solutions, such as utility-scale power plants, mini-grids and off-grid applications, to create impact in regions that are disproportionately affected by climate change.

Fully realizing the true solar potential of the deserts of Africa will require a vast effort, one that will need to align visionary governments, courageous development finance institutions, pioneering investors and experienced developers. Solarplaza seeks to support these efforts by creating the right platforms, like The Solar Future: Deserts of Africa, for these parties to meet, share ideas and form effective partnerships.

As a preparation for this event, Solarplaza sought to take stock of the past, current and future initiatives related to the development of solar capacity in the African deserts, in order to provide context to the discussion we'll aim to incite during the event.

All of these desert solar initiatives as well as solar energy developments on a country level can be found in the brand new 'Desert Solar' report (Africa.TheSolarFuture.com/desert-solar-white-paper ).

For the purposes of this report, namely determining the scope and scale of renewable energy ambitions in the region, the report included both photovoltaic and concentrated solar power initiatives and projects.

African Financial Alliance on Climate Change Unveils Guiding Principles

The African Financial Alliance on Climate Change (AFAC) unveiled its guiding principles at the recently concluded Africa Investment Forum. Launched in June 2018, AFAC aims to increase financial sector participation in climate action, in order to raise the share of investments that support low-carbon and climate-resilient development in Africa.

Its Steering Committee, which provides overall direction and guidance, is constituted to ensure representation by key institutions within the African financial sector, namely central banks, insurance companies, sovereign wealth and pension funds, stock exchanges and commercial and development banks.

AFAC will mobilize private capital ?ow towards continent wide low-carbon and climate-resilient development, addressing four key areas:  knowledge sharing, instruments, disclosures, and risks and opportunities that are fit for the African ecosystem. Additionally, AFAC will help to position and align African financial actors as key stakeholders in the evolving global climate finance architecture, by proposing solutions and attracting capital for Africa's climate actions that support the Paris Agreement.

Commenting on AFAC, Bank's President, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina said, "Africa's financial actors need to work together creatively to mobilize global financial resources at scale to support local innovations that drive climate-resilient and low-carbon development on the continent. Having been short-changed by climate change, Africa must not be short-changed by climate finance."

In his address, Lord Nicholas Stern, the Steering Committee's Chair, said, "Failure to reach the Paris targets would be deeply damaging for the world as a whole, but more so for Africa. This Alliance is an important initiative for engaging Africa's financial sector to drive climate action. AFAC will form a vital foundation for climate-related governance, strategy, and risk-reward metrics towards low carbon and climate-resilient investments."

Also present at the unveiling, Rwanda Finance Minister Hon. Uzziel Ndagijimana lauded AFAC as instrumental in defining pathways that would help direct financial ?ows towards Africa's Nationally Declared Contributions and SDGs.

The Africa Investment Forum is an initiative of the African Development Bank organized in partnership with Africa Export-Import Bank, African Finance Corporation, Africa50, Development Bank of Southern Africa, European Investment Bank, Islamic Development Bank and Trade and Development Bank.

The innovative marketplace is dedicated to advancing projects to bankable stages, raising capital, and accelerating the financial closure of deals.

Tagore Living Apartments Are Now Up For Sale

Constructing a home, let alone finding an already built home, can be a daunting task. It is trouble chasing masons and engineers at the construction site to do the right job and designs yet not many good looking finished houses are available on the market.

Meera investments, a subsidiary of Ruparelia Group, is bridging this gap by putting on the market well-furnished and elegant apartments on the market. Meera investments is now selling the elegant Tagore Living apartments located in the upscale area of Kamwokya.

Tagore has been carefully designed to create a welcoming community, providing fully accessible facilities for residents. Full-time court staff, together with care and support services that give you total peace of mind.

“Our facilites include 24 hour Surveillance CCTV Cameras, Standby Generator, Fire Fighting Equipment and Escape Routes, Wi-fi Internet, Car Lifts, Cable digital T.Vs connected in the living and bedrooms as well as Electrical Door Bells,” an official said.

Tagore Investments offers buyers a unique and one-off opportunity to invest in a development either as a long term rentable investment or live in. The Plot on which Tagore sits is connected to Kamwokya and the business streets of Kisementi with a beautiful landscape park that can be viewed from the community

The two bedroom apartment comes with a kitchen, living & dining room, a master bedroom (20.5m2) and one other bedroom (18m2) and a terrace (6.4m2). The three bedroom apartment has a kitchen, living & dining room, a master bedroom (20.6m2) and 1 other bedroom (19.2m2) and a terrace (7m2).

Global Hotel Awards Say Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort Best In Africa

Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort, a five star luxurious hospitality facility on the shores of Lake Victoria in Kaampala, won best Luxury Hotel & Conference Centre in Uganda (country category) at at this the World Luxury Hotel Awards in Indonesia.

The World Luxury Hotel Awards are voted for by the public and are awarded to luxury hotels or hospitality groups across 99 different categories, presented on a regional, continental, global and country basis, with one hotel receiving the overall global accolade.

World Luxury Hotel Awards is the pinnacle of achievement in the luxury hotel industry offering international recognition as voted by guests, travelers and industry players alike.

Over 300 000 international travelers vote each year, during a four-week period to select the winners. Luxury hotels have the opportunity to participate in the World Luxury Hotel Awards by entering hotel categories that showcase their unique selling points and destinations.

In Uganda, Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort, a member of the Speke Group of Hotels owned by the Ruparelia Group, offers the best luxurious accommodation, restaurant services & state of art conference rooms for meetings. The hotel also has a number of presidential suites.

Speke Resort Voted Best Luxury Lakeside Resort In East Africa

Speke Resort in Munyonyo was named the best Luxury Lakeside Resort in East Africa At World Luxury Hotel Awards ceremony which took place in Bali, Indonesia.

At the recently concluded World Luxury Hotel Awards, Speke Resort was gracefully presented as Regional (East Africa) award winner for the best Luxury Lakeside Resort. Massive thanks go out to all our customers, and Speke resort family for voting us,” the hotel posted on their social media pages.

Speke Resort Munyonyo recently announced they had received recognition from The World Luxury Hotel Awards.  Greg Petzer, General Manager, Speke Resort Munyonyo, said they have received communication from The World Luxury Hotel Awards.  

The World Luxury Hotel Awards are voted for by the public and are awarded to luxury hotels or hospitality groups across 99 different categories, presented on a regional, continental, global and country basis, with one hotel receiving the overall global accolade.

World Luxury Hotel Awards is the pinnacle of achievement in the luxury hotel industry offering international recognition as voted by guests, travelers and industry players alike.

Over 300 000 international travelers vote each year, during a four-week period to select the winners. Luxury hotels have the opportunity to participate in the World Luxury Hotel Awards by entering hotel categories that showcase their unique selling points and destinations.

Speke Resort To Host British Royals, 200 Delegates

Speke Resort in Munyonyo will yet again host the British royal family in 2020 when the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Uganda hosts the International Gold Event 2020, a global forum.

His Royal Highness (HRH) The Earl of Wessex Prince Edward Antony Richard Louis, born 10 March 1964, is expected to visit Uganda with other members of the British royal family with over 200 international delegates for the event.  

William Blick, Chairperson Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Uganda said preparation are underway for this royal meeting. "On behalf of the Award in Uganda, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the International Award for awarding the International Gold Event 2020 to Kampala, Uganda,"

"Uganda, once described as the pearl of Africa by Sir Winston Churchill, prepares to host the international community at Speke Resot Munyonyo, a modern and luxurious facility, host of the Commonwealth heads of state meeting in 2007 and Commonwealth games federation general assembly.

"We look forward to hosting the international council meeting and IGE in Kampala, Uganda.” Blick stated in a recorded video message.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation was started in the United Kingdom in 1956 and is spread around 140 countries.

It globally creates opportunities for young people to develop skills, get physically active, give service and experience adventure. In Uganda it was established in Uganda in 1986.

The Award plays a critical role in youth development outside the classroom. It also allows their achievement to be consistently recognised worldwide, giving young people unique international accreditation of their experiences.

The youth awards are called to recognise participants who volunteer in their communities and make a positive contribution to society.

AfDB Program To Boost Climate Change Financing

The African Development Bank on Tuesday approved the Africa Disaster Risks Financing (ADRiFi) Programme, the institution's first climate risk management programme to boost resilience and response to climate shocks in regional member countries.

The comprehensive programme, open to regional member countries, will enhance their ability to evaluate climate-related risks and costs, respond to disasters and review adaptation measures at both national and sub-national levels.

 It will also facilitate initial financing for countries in need of support.  The programme's initial phase is expected to run from 2019 to 2023.

The enhanced resilience and adaptation of countries to the negative impacts of climate change, as well as disaster risk insurance cover, will reduce the vulnerability of the poor to climate change and act as a safeguard against loss of livelihoods in communities, especially for smallholder farmers. Nine countries have already expressed interest in participating in the programme– Burkina Faso, Chad, Gambia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal.

"Africa is the most vulnerable continent to climate change, prone to a wide variety of natural disasters including droughts, floods and tropical cyclones. However, disaster risk management suffers from inadequate financing and challenges in the deployment of available funds", said Atsuko Toda, Bank Director for Agricultural Finance and Rural Development.

ADRiFi will promote disaster response mechanisms such as sovereign parametric index-based insurance, for which payouts will be disbursed automatically and in timely manner when a pre-defined risk threshold is exceeded. It is estimated that every US$ 1 spent on ex-ante intervention through the programme will save US$ 4.40 in ex-post disaster relief measures for a response carried out six months after the event.

 

 

Rising Temperatures Pushing Africans Into Poverty, Hunger

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report detailing progress and pathways to liming global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Responding to the report, Mr. Apollos Nwafor, Pan Africa Director of Oxfam International said Climate change has set the african planet on fire and already millions are feeling the impacts.

“The IPCC just showed that things can get much worse. Settling for 2 degrees would be a death sentence for people in many parts of Africa. The faster governments embrace the renewable energy revolution and move to protect communities at risk, the more lives and livelihoods that will be spared.

"A hotter Africa is a hungrier Africa. Today at only 1.1 degrees of warming globally, crops and livestock across the region are being hit and hunger is rising, [i] with poor small scale women farmers, living in rural areas suffering the most. It only gets worse from here.

"To do nothing more and simply follow the commitments made in the Paris Agreement condemns the world to 3 degrees of warming. The damage to our planet and humanity would be exponentially worse and irreparable.

"None of this is inevitable. What gives us hope is that some of the poorest and lowest emitting countries are now leading the climate fight. We've moved from an era of 'you first' to 'follow me' - it's time for the rich world to do just that.

"Oxfam calls for increased, responsible and accountable climate finance from rich countries that supports small scale farmers, especially women to realize their right to food security and climate justice.

"While time is short, there is still a chance of keeping to 1.5 degrees of warming. We must reject any false solution like Large Scale Land Based Investments that means kicking small scale farmers off their land to make way for carbon farming and focus instead on stopping our use of fossil fuels, starting with an end to building new coal power stations worldwide."

Climate impacts in Africa:

Natural disasters such as droughts and floods have been thwarting development in the African continent. Fluctuations in agricultural production due to climate variations along with inefficient agricultural systems cause food insecurity, one of the most obvious indicators of poverty.  

The 2016 El Niño phenomenon, which was super charged by the effects of climate change, crippled rain-fed agricultural production and left over 40 million people foods insecure in Africa. Without urgent action to reduce global emissions, the occurrence of climate shocks and stresses in the Africa region are expected to get much worse.

 

5 Reasons Uganda Is Really The Pearl Of Africa

By Caroline Ampaire

Ugandans this week celebrated the country’s Independence countrywide with pride. Many people from other parts of the world love it when they visit the famous Pearl of Africa. Below travel agency Jumia names five reasons why Uganda is loved. Read on.   

  1. The people - Uganda is famous for its people. In 2017, a survey by BBC among expatriates ranked Uganda as the friendliest place. Words like “welcoming” and “easy to make friends” and “hospitable” are readily used when referring to Ugandans.

Uganda is also blessed with diversity. There are an estimated 52 tribes residing in Uganda, each with their own customs that are still practiced to this day.  And with numerous lingual influences, it is no wonder that we have developed Uglish (Ugandan English), our own version of English. Uglish has since been put into a dictionary. 

  1. The food - Ugandan cuisine consists of traditional and modern cooking styles, practices, foods, and dishes in Uganda, with English, Arab, and Asian (especially Indian) influences. There is something for everyone, no matter what you like and no matter the budget. Distinctly Ugandan food like rolex and katogo are readily available on the street and in restaurants. 
  1. The party - If you have spent any amount of time here, then it is no surprise that this is number 3. Ugandans love a good party. There is no shortage of “plot” both in the day and night--be it a music festival, a house party, a food expo, silent disco or drinks at the local bar. You can party till morning and in the comfort of your home too. The best part, you can have foodand alcohol delivered to your doorstep by Jumia. 
  1. The land and wildlife - on top of the people, Uganda is blessed with beautiful lands and scenery. From the highlands of Kigezi to the flat plains of Karamoja, one word ties it all together, beautiful. And the best part is, it’s not too costly to travel around. With initiatives like UG Travelmonth, aimed at encouraging local tourism, there’s a package for everyone. Some of the most popular things to do are gorilla trekking -- the critically endangered mountain gorilla thrives in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Park, and of the 1000 mountain gorillas left in the world, Uganda is home to at least 400 of these.

Other gems include water sports like rafting and kayaking, along the Nile.

Did you know that about one-quarter of Uganda’s surface is made up of lakes and rivers?! 

  1. The cost of living - With everything Uganda has to offer, it is a very affordable country to live in. According to living index website numbeo.com, consumer prices in Uganda are 24.21% lower than in Kenya, yet in Rwanda, they are 10.25% higher than in Uganda. 

With all this said, go forth and celebrate the independence of the Pearl of Africa.

<<Image: visituganda.com>>

 

 

 

Speke Resort Wins Global Luxury Hotel Award

Speke Resort Munyonyo recently announced they had received recognition from The World Luxury Hotel Awards. “We are pleased to announce that we are 2018 Winners at the recently concluded World Luxury Awards! Thanks to all those who voted and the unending support,” Speke Resort wrote on their social media pages.

Greg Petzer, General Manager, Speke Resort Munyonyo, when contacted said they have received communication from The World Luxury Hotel Awards. They now wait for the awards ceremonial night which happen on 10, November at Ayana Resort and Spa in Bali, Indonesia.

The World Luxury Hotel Awards are voted for by the public and are awarded to luxury hotels or hospitality groups across 99 different categories, presented on a regional, continental, global and country basis, with one hotel receiving the overall global accolade.

World Luxury Hotel Awards is the pinnacle of achievement in the luxury hotel industry offering international recognition as voted by guests, travelers and industry players alike.

Over 300 000 international travelers vote each year, during a four-week period to select the winners. Luxury hotels have the opportunity to participate in the World Luxury Hotel Awards by entering hotel categories that showcase their unique selling points and destinations.

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