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Angola in the World Ranking of Ecosystems for start-ups 2021
According to the most recent report of the World Ranking of Innovation Ecosystems for start-ups, prepared annually by Startup Blink, Angola occupies the 115th position, becoming the fourth Portuguese-speaking country to be present in the World Ranking of Start-up Ecosystems 2021, after Brazil, Portugal and Cape Verde.
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Africa’s e-commerce gender gap is costing billions of dollars
"The African e-commerce market could benefit by around $14.5 billion if the number of women selling on online platforms achieves parity with men, according to a new report. The International Finance Corporation (IFC), in partnership with the European Commission, says that additional training and financial support for female sellers would hugely expand the overall sector."

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IFC, Rockefeller Foundation aim to unleash USD 2bn of private capital for distributed renewables

The Rockefeller Foundation and the International Finance Corporation have joined together to de-risk and mobilise up to USD 2 billion (EUR 1.65bn) of private sector investment in distributed renewable energy in emerging markets. RF and IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, said they will initially prioritise countries in sub-Saharan Africa, where 70% of households are not electrified.

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Berkeley Energy raises €130 million for second African Energy Fund
Berkeley Energy has raised €130 million in the first close of the Africa Renewable Energy Fund II. This fund demonstrates that Berkeley’s “technically orientated approach resonates with our investors and makes a material difference for the communities in which we operate,” said managing director Luka Buljan.
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The Little Engine That Won an Environmental Victory Over Exxon
Addressing climate change is being proven to be good for the oil company's bottom line. Engine No. 1’s proxy campaign ushered in a new age for socially conscious investors who’ve long pressed companies to improve their environmental policies, often with mixed results. “It opens up a new strategy,” says Timothy Smith, director of ESG shareowner engagement at Boston Trust Walden Co., who’s been speaking with companies and filing shareholder resolutions for 50 years. 

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A portal designed specially for informal businesses could be a game-changer
85% of Africa's workers work in the informal sector, the highest proportion in the world. Having no specific requirements except readiness to work facilitates this sector, however with no regulation, organition etc this sector cannot flourish. 
The project Technology Support for the Informal Sector of South Africa aims to provide an online platform that uses artificial intelligence and cloud technology to support business transactions in the informal sector.

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