Assessing Climate Change Impacts

To  many people, climate change is a fairly recent issue. Yet, governments all around the world have been commissioning scientists and economists to analyse the impacts of climate change since the 1970s. As nations and businesses work towards building a low-carbon, climate resilient economy, access to finance has emerged as a critical [...]

By | December 2nd, 2017|Governments, Sustainability, Technology|0 Comments

Blockchain Technology soars into Nebula

Once a month in London, a small group of enthusiasts gather at a “Tech meet-up” to talk about the latest technology developments around the world. I was invited to my first event in 2014. The venue was a dimly-lit underground bar in Shoreditch, then an upcoming area. The conversation, eclectic, animated and passionate [...]

By | January 24th, 2017|Digital, Economy, Governments, Insights|Comments Off on Blockchain Technology soars into Nebula

Age of Fintech: Disruption or Innovation

For so long, the established Financial Services industry had exerted enormous power over the global economy that experienced a prolonged period of high economic growth between 2001 and 2007. In that time, risk perceptions declined and financial systems were characterised by abundant liquidity, leading to increased bank lending without so much as to ensure the [...]

By | December 9th, 2016|Financial, Fintech, Governments|Comments Off on Age of Fintech: Disruption or Innovation

Seawater Technology Solutions for Food Security

According to the World Health Organisation about 20% of the world’s people live in regions that don’t have enough water for their needs. With the global population increasing by 80 million each year, a third of the planet will likely face water shortages by 2025. This looming water crisis is inextricably linked to food production because agriculture [...]

By | August 9th, 2016|Commercial, Enterprise, Global, Governments, Sustainability, Technology|Comments Off on Seawater Technology Solutions for Food Security

A game changer for Africa’s Megaprojects

The Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) megaproject is one of the largest of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa, and Kenya’s most ambitious infrastructure megaproject to date. It includes construction of 700 km of standard-gauge track, 33 stations, and dozens of wagons and locomotives. Just like its huge cost pegged at $4.99 billion, so are the expectations [...]

By | June 2nd, 2016|Africa, Commercial, Governments, Investments|Comments Off on A game changer for Africa’s Megaprojects

Risks and Uncertainty surround Africa’s Megaprojects

If all goes to plan, the ‘Grand Inga’ hydropower scheme will become one of Africa’s most iconic infrastructure developments. A $12 billion proposal funded by a consortium led by The World Bank, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), China and USA, was originally conceived in the 1950s, but plans for the project were never fulfilled, due [...]

By | August 10th, 2015|Advisory, Africa, Financial, Global, Governments, Investment|Comments Off on Risks and Uncertainty surround Africa’s Megaprojects

Impact assessment of Wangari Maathai’s vision

Before she passed on, the Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai left an enduring legacy. The Green Belt Movement (GBM), a grassroots organisation she founded to eradicate poverty through environmental conservation, had reached a significant milestone, planting over 50 million trees in Africa. In spite of that achievement, her life’s work was more about human regeneration. She dreamed of a [...]

By | July 15th, 2015|Africa, Economy, Governments, Investments, Philanthropy, Sustainability|Comments Off on Impact assessment of Wangari Maathai’s vision

Africa: Emerging as an Enterprise Ecosystem

One can argue that there is no clear definition of African entreprise. Many point to the fact that business activities in various forms have always existed on the continent. Legendary kings, traders, cities and empires flourished from trade in salt, gold, ivory and slaves. In recent times, the citizen may have come to rely heavily [...]

By | June 30th, 2015|Africa, Digital, Economy, Emerging Markets, Enterprise, Governments|Comments Off on Africa: Emerging as an Enterprise Ecosystem