06 July, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to share our new weekly blog - A round-up of stories that captured our attention this past week. This goal of this blog is to keep us informed about what is happening outside of our network and to keep us connected to Africa’s broader sustainable development agenda.

We are interested in your feedback, please let us know if you enjoy this blog and most importantly how we can make it better.

Happy Reading!

Alice Ruhweza | Africa Region Director 

1. Botswana investigating mystery deaths of at least 275 elephants. Three laboratories in Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Canada have been identified to process the samples taken from the dead elephants.( Reuters )
2. Tanzania’s anti-poaching success offers valuable lessons. Modern approaches, strong policies, political will, and zero tolerance to corruption are key to fighting poaching.
(ENACTA Africa )

3. Launch of the first Natural Capital Accounting Community of Practice for Africa.  The practice will build momentum and mainstream natural capital accounting (NCA) in statistical production and policy across Africa. (Sytems of Environmental-Economic Accounting of Practice, United Nations)

4. A new approach to transforming Climate Finance. The report lists initiatives such as the Africa Clean Energy facility that can provide grants to bridge the viability gap for innovative projects that often arise in the early stages of development.(
World Bank)
5. The 2020 SDG Index launched. The average SDG score for countries in sub-Saharan Africa has improved significantly since 2015, but COVID 19 threatens to undo much of the progress in recent years. International solidarity and support is needed. ( 
Cambridge University Press)
6. Africa’s COVID-19 Moment: How Youth Startups Are Addressing the Pandemic – And What They Need to Reach the Next Level. Here are some of the ways Africa’s young industrialists are embracing the challenges and opportunities presented by the pandemic, and their thoughts on the value of local solutions to the crisis. (
Next Billion)

7. New Index of Digital financial inclusion shows Africa leading the way. During the COVID-19 lockdowns, 
digital financial services are enabling governments to provide quick and secure financial support to “hard-to-reach” people and businesses, as demonstrated in Namibia, Zambia, and Uganda. This will help mitigate the economic fallout and potentially strengthen the recovery. ( IMF, World Bank Blog)

8. The latest figures on the impact of COVID-19 on protected areas. In responding to COVID-19, governments should reconsider the relationship between people and nature to prevent the emergence of further zoonotic diseases in the future, and safeguard all life on earth. (
Trade4Dev News)

9. A crisis within a crisis – a new wave of locusts will put 5 million people in the horn of Africa at risk of starvation:  Latest findings by the World Economic Forum reveals that a swarm can consume the same amount of food in one day as 35,000 people.  (
World Economic Forum)

10. The Africa Leapfrog Index. Can technology help overcome the primary barriers that have long held back Africa’s economies and people? Check out the results of six country case studies. (
Tufts University)
Infographic of the week: check out great insights on how organizations can approach the 10 types of innovation. This is a culmination of years of in-depth research involving 2,000 businesses by 
Doblin, an innovation-focused firm now owned by Deloitte (Visual Capitalist);




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