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  • Jewelry Technology Centre Prepares Egypt’s Talent for International

    May 15, 2014 - Daily News Egypt, Omar El Adl

    Aiming to foster a jewelry industry that is competitive on a global scale, the Ministry of Industry and Foreign Trade’s Jewelry Technology Centre (JTC) supports upcoming designers and young artists who want to build their brand and obtain the know-how to compete in the international market. The center, located in Abdeen in the heart of Cairo, started in 2006 as an affiliate of the Ministry of Industry and Foreign Trade as a way for the government to help jewelry factories raise the standard of labor and help upcoming designers with small and medium projects.

  • Pamoja Set to Host its Cloud Platform in Nairobi

    May 15, 2014 - CIO/East Africa, Lilian Mutegi

    Pamoja, the value-added services business unit of SEACOM, is set to host its cloud platform at Liquid Telecom’s East Africa Data Centre in Nairobi and use the facility to roll out cloud services in the East Africa market. The company selected Nairobi as its cloud service delivery base because of its strategic location in relation to other countries in the East African market.

  • Nation FM Takes to the Airwaves

    May 14, 2014 - Daily Nation

    A new radio station takes to the airwaves on Thursday. Easy FM will be re-launched as Nation FM, a radio station which will concentrate on current affairs. “We are launching a radically different radio station from what Kenyans have on air,” said Mr. Manwa Magoma, the Head of Radio at Nation Media Group. According to Mr. Magoma, the launch is in response to lack of serious content on radio airwaves.

  • AKDN in $79.8 Million Health Deal

    May 14, 2014 - The Citizen

    The Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) have signed a $79.8 million agreement to enhance the quality and reach of the Network’s health programs in Tanzania. The agreement includes a $53.5 million concessional loan from AFD and a $26.3 million contribution from AKDN, and covers the construction of a new 14,000-square meter facility that will accommodate cardiology, oncology, neurosciences, critical care, mother and child health, nuclear medicine and imaging services.

  • Coast Teachers to be Trained in Sh2.4bn Project

    May 12, 2014 - The Star, Martin Mwita

    Schools from the Kenyan coast are among beneficiaries of a Sh2.4 billion education project by the Aga Khan Foundation. The five-year project dubbed ‘Strengthening education systems in East Africa' has been co-funded by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. More than 46,000 pre-primary and primary pupils from Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale will benefit from the project, which will see the schools get second-hand computers and servers set up in the institutions.

  • The Voice of Civil Society has Power

    May 12, 2014 - Daily Commercial News, Allan Teramura

    The Aga Khan is the spiritual leader of the world’s Shia Ismaili Muslims and founder of the Aga Khan Development Network, which works to improve living conditions for people in 30 countries. He spoke of the importance of civil society which he defined as “an array of institutions which operate on a private, voluntary basis, but are motivated by high public purposes.” Professional associations, such as the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, are included in this group, as are those that work in media, the arts and education.

  • African internet users are starting to enjoy the benefits of faster access to key web resources as well as lower latencies, as telecom providers step up the roll-out of content delivery networks (CDNs). That’s according to Mark Tinka, Head of Engineering at Pan-African telecom enabler SEACOM, who says that the next phase in the development of Africa’s internet infrastructure will see more content and services brought closer to end-users. This in turn, will spur growth in demand for these services.

  • NMG, Bidco Named Among 16 African ‘Global Growth Companies’

    May 6, 2014 - Business Daily, Victor Juma

    Nation Media Group (NMG) and Bidco were among 16 companies on the continent picked by the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa, as global growth companies. WEF called them sub-Saharan Africa’s most dynamic and fastest growing companies that have “clear potential to become global economic leaders.” NMG is the largest media house in East and Central Africa in terms of earnings, number of print publications and readership broadcast outlets and digital platforms.

  • To understand the impact of development on people’s quality of life, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) started an innovative initiative called the Quality of life (Qol) Assessment Programme. Improving quality of life in the countries where it operates is the overall aim of AKDN. Recognizing that successful development requires action across the spectrum of people’s lives, AKDN works together with partners in multiple sectors, including education, health, culture, microfinance, rural development, disaster reduction and promoting private-sector enterprise.

  • In Afghan Village Buried by Mudslides, Hopes of Finding Survivors Fade

    May 4, 2014 - The Washington Post, Tim Craig

    A landslide triggered by heavy rain buried large sections of a remote northeastern Afghan village May 2, killing at least 350 people and leaving more than 2,000 missing. Hundreds of survivors, many of whom live in huts on an adjoining slope, gathered on a ridge seeking food and shelter. Several United Nations vehicles were on the scene, but village elders were taking the lead in assessing who was in most urgent need of assistance.

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