Africa Education 

World Bank approves $50 million grant to improve quality of  education in Sierra Leone 

The World Bank Board of Executive Directors yesterday approved a $50 million grant to support the Government of Sierra Leone’s flagship program for Free Quality School Education launched in 2018. According to the World Bank, the Free Education Project will support some initial COVID-19 response activities, including provision of distance learning and communication campaigns on prevention. Sierra Leone has made significant gains in school enrolment, but education outcomes and skills acquisition are among the lowest in Africa. The education sector also faces issues of deep inequities in access, weak governance,…

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Africa Utilities 

Sudan warns against escalation in Nile dam dispute

Sudan has warned against escalation and urged further negotiations with Egypt and Ethiopia over the construction of a controversial dam on the Blue Nile river by Addis Ababa. Tensions are running high between the three countries after recent talks failed to produce a deal on the filling and operation of the $4.6bn Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. “We do not want escalation. Negotiations are the only solution,” Sudan’s Irrigation and Water Resources Minister Yasser Abbas told reporters on Sunday. “Signing an agreement is a prerequisite for us before filling the dam. Sudan has…

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Africa Agriculture 

Kenya: Construction Works of 102 MW Kipeto Wind Farm Complete

The Kipeto job, originally established by Craftskills, a Kenyan designer and minority equity shareholder, will supply the Kenya Power under a 20-year power purchase agreement which was signed back in 2015. China Machinery Engineering Corporation was originally contracted to perform engineering style, procurement and building of the wind farm at an agreement cost of over USD 212M. Read more In October 2018 the sole task investor, the United States Federal government’s Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), along with the project sponsor, Actis, asked for the African Trade Insurance Firm (ATI)…

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Africa Financial Services 

Egypt sticks to US, World Bank-brokered document on Ethiopian Dam

The Egyptian Ministry of Water Resources has affirmed sticking to the document brokered by the United States and the World Bank on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on February 21st, as a basis for negotiations, the Sudanese Irrigation Ministry said in a statement. A meeting for irrigation ministers of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia on Wednesday has agreed to resume negotiations and reach a final agreement that takes into consideration the mutual interests of the countries involved, as well as international resolutions and laws. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin earlier this…

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Africa Utilities 

Nigeria: Investigation – Delta Residents Lament As Fully, Partially Funded NDDC Water Projects Are Abandoned

On Friday, October 11, 2019, this reporter turned her attention to Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State. Her first stopover was Okuno Community. On February 11, 2011, the NDDC awarded the contract for the construction a solar-powered water project in Okuno community to Philvianno Nig Ltd. The commission’s official records show that the project is ongoing. However, our findings show that the borehole was abandoned and overgrown with weeds. “This borehole has been this way for more than five years now,” Agorson Sunny, a community leader, said angrily.…

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