USAID gives SolarWorks! US$320,000 grant to solarise 92 clinics in Mozambique

MOZAMBIQUE – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which leads the Power Africa initiative, is providing SolarWorks! Mozambique a US$320,000 grant to install solar photovoltaic systems in 92 health centres in the Mozambican province of Sofala. In all the clinics selected to benefit from this Power Africa grant, the solar energy provider will install 55.2 kWp of capacity. According to Power Africa, this electricity will be used for lighting, charging mobile phones, powering hoovers, gynaecological examination lights, microscopes, and computer equipment. SolarWorks! will also install battery storage systems…

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Kenya’s Family Bank partner USAID to disburse US$4.7m to agribusinesses

KENYA – Financial institution Family Bank and the United States Agency for International Development(USAID), have partnered disburse US$4.7 million to agri-businesses in seventeen counties in Kenya in the next one year. The partnership deal between the lender and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) seeks to unlock US$374 million to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Kenya and East Africa. The partnership will see Family Bank finance agri-businesses in the selected 17 Counties in the East Africa nation. Through an initiative dubbed ‘Pay for Results’, the bank targets…

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DFC and Shell Foundation partner to invest US$145m on renewable energy in Africa and Asia

AFRICA – The U.S. Development Finance Corporation (DFC) and the Shell Foundation have signed a partnership to strengthen their investments in renewable energy in Africa and Asia to the tune of US$145 million by 2025. The two partners are thus committed to mobilising the resources to support the African private sector, particularly small electricity producers who install clean energy systems in rural areas. As part of the partnership, DFC is committed to providing US$100 million in debt and equity to support early-stage companies. For its part, the Shell Foundation aims…

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IRC Liberia receives US$17.8m from USAID to support community health program

LIBERIA – International Rescue Committee (IRC) Liberia has received a US$17.8 million grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), to support the government of Liberia’s National Community Health Program. The IRC has been working in Liberia since 1996 and has supported thousands of people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. Approximately 29% of the Liberian population, and 60% of the rural population live more than 5km from a health facility. With a host of…

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Solar Rooftop Program to improve PV installed capacity in Botswana

BOTSWANA – The government of Botswana through the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security (MMGE), have launched a net metering scheme for rooftop PV systems called the Rooftop Solar Programme (RTS) in order to create an enabling environment for end users who can generate their own electricity and sell to Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) and also to improve the country’s PV installed capacity which was at 3MW at the end of last year. Supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) the scheme will run for 3 years and…

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Power Africa commits US$2.6m towards supporting renewable energy access in Africa

AFRICA – Power Africa, through the United States Agency for International Development, has announced grants totaling $2,620,650 to solar energy companies to provide reliable, affordable off-grid electricity. The move according to a statement from USAID is in support of the accelerated provision of off-grid solar energy to healthcare facilities in sub-Saharan Africa. The firms which will received the grants from Power Africa include include KYA-Energy Group (Togo); Muhanya Solar Limited (Zambia); Nanoé (Madagascar); OffGridBox (Rwanda); OnePower (Lesotho); PEG Solar (Ghana); SolarWorks! (Mozambique) and Zuwa Energy (Malawi). Through the grants, the…

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USAID, PepsiCo partner to improve farmer livelihoods in Egypt

EGYPT – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Chipsy for Food Industries, a PepsiCo Egypt company, have renewed a partnership that is aimed at improving the livelihood of farmers in Egypt. The partnership will work towards boosting the productivity of farmers and building a more transparent and sustainable potato supply chain.  According to a statement from USAID, the partnership empowers Egyptian smallholder farmers to establish reliable market linkages, increase crop quality and yields, and progress toward internationally recognized standards for sustainable agriculture. USAID further noted that they…

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Impact investment firm collaborates with Kenya Investment Mechanism to finance businesses

KENYA – Vital Capital, an impact investment firm, has collaborated with the U.S. Government’s Kenya Investment Mechanism (KIM) to unlock significant financing to businesses in targeted sectors that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Managed by Palladium, an international impact advisory and management firm, KIM aims to unlock US$400 million in investments for key sectors of Kenya’s economy, including agriculture, and for regional trade and investment opportunities. Palladium is a global leader in the design, development, and delivery of Positive Impact — the intentional creation of enduring social…

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Egypt partners USAID in the development of 5 diverse projects worth US$105M

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EGYPT – Egypt and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have partnered on the development of five future projects with a total value of $ 105 million, the Ministry of International Cooperation has revealed. Earlier,  government of Egypt had secured a total of US$12.37million (LE 200 million) from the Saudi Arabia Grant Committee to finance projects in agriculture health and SME sectors of the economy. The ministry explained that one of the Egypt – USAID projects will involve supporting women economically and socially while another will work towards…

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USAID renews a US$230m development partnership agreement

ETHIOPIA – The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Federal Ministry of Finance have signed a new development partnership agreement worth more than US$230 million.   The agreement underscores the American people’s continued commitment to investing in improving health, education, agriculture, economic growth, good governance, and strengthened resilience of Ethiopians.   USAID Mission Director Sean Jones and State Minister of Finance Admasu Nebebe signed the development partnership agreement to formalize the most recent American investment in Ethiopia’s long-term development.  The USAID development assistance agreement provides…

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