Category Archives: Sustainability

Skyscraper Boom in the African Cleanest City is Mouthwatering

Kigali Skyscrapers

Kigali’s Skyscrapers in construction

 

Africa’s cleanest city, Kigali, is seeing its skyline being transformed at the fastest pace ever by Asian developers building governmental towers. Despite concerns that too many are going up, there are excitements among the citizens about the future of the capital of Rwanda

Companies including The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Gasabo Investment Company and Fair Construction Limited have flocked to build high-rises in Kigali as lifestyles change and the nation moves towards a sustainable economic raise. Several buildings taller than 20 meters are being planned or built, the most on record, according to the Government.

The level of building is unprecedented.

Overseas developers are responding to a shift away from the great Rwandese dream of a life centered on backyards and tall brick fence. They’re also reacting to ever-increasing demand for new, centrally located apartments from buyers seeking to escape their own faltering housing market and improve their quality of life.

About 30,000 apartments are in planning or construction across all of Kigali by Gasabo Investment Company, according to the official website of the enterprise.

Kigali is Irresistible.

The City’s master plan shows how the skylines will be implemented in the City. Apartments will have the greatest views, and the population will not resist to shift from the rural area to the capital.

 

Round I Winners of Power African Innovative Project Were Awarded $600,000 in Grants

Humans are naturally in position to favor competition. The key is triggering that competition spirit. USADF, United States Africa Development Foundation, is doing just that. Recently, 22 innovators from six African countries have emerged as winners of the second round of the Power Africa Off-Grid Energy Challenge sponsored by General Electric (GE), (USADF) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID). As reported, they will receive a grant of $100,000 each for kick starting off-grid solutions that deploy renewable resources and contribute to powering socio-economic activities.

In November of 2013, six winners from Nigeria and Kenya were awarded six grants totaling $ 600,000. This year, the program has been expanded to include Ethiopia, Tanzania, Ghana and Liberia. Organizers received about 300 applications from the six countries. Speaking about the awards, Jay Ireland GE Africa President & CEO said, “we are impressed by the response to our call for entries and more so with the caliber of entries especially from the countries that are participating for the first time. This once again demonstrates that with the right support, the people of Africa can develop home-grown solutions for themselves.”

What is Power Africa?

Power Africa is a broad U.S. Government initiative to drive growth by increasing access to reliable, affordable, and sustainable power and helping to ensure responsible, transparent and effective management of energy resources.  Working with public and private sector partners, this initiative will achieve these results: Increasing electricity generation; Increasing electricity access — with a focus on both on-grid and off-grid or micro-grid solutions; Increasing cross border energy trade; and, ensuring responsible and transparent management of energy resources

Initial countries targeted include Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, and Liberia.

USADF believes its greatest contribution to Power Africa is in increasing electricity access to underserved communities in the target countries.  To achieve that end it launched an off-grid energy challenge to promote innovative and sustainable ways to deliver energy to underserved communities.

The USADF Off-Grid Energy Challenge

US African Development Foundation partnered with GE Africa to promote innovative solutions that develop, scale-up or extend the use of proven technologies for off-grid energy – reaching communities not served by existing power grids.  This $2.4 million challenge will award grants of up $100,000 each to African companies and organizations providing off-grid solutions that deploy renewable resources and power local economic activities.  Challenge winners will have near-term solutions to the power needs of productive and commercial activities, including agriculture production and processing, off-farm businesses, and commercial enterprises.