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Africa’s renewable energy sector is shattering gender norms

Africa’s renewable energy sector is shattering gender norms

AFRICA'S fast-evolving renewable energy landscape is catalysing a shift in gender dynamics, with more women seizing employment opportunities than in the traditional energy sector, according to a new report. According to the report, “more women are assuming positions as business creators, energy producers, distributors, and service providers,” challenging longstanding gender norms prevalent in the energy industry. The report, “Empowering Women in Clean Energy: Advancing and Retaining an Equitable Workforce”, by The Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet draws insights from over 150 female professionals employed at different levels in the renewable energy sector. Traditionally, the energy sector has been…
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Africa’s programmers are hot property

Africa’s programmers are hot property

CONRAD ONYANGO, BIRD STORY AGENCY FOUR out of every ten African software developers now work for at least one company based outside of the continent, while five work for local start-ups, according to recent research, highlighting the dynamic and growing market for the continent's technical talent over the last two years. A 22 percent rise in the use of the internet by small and medium-sized businesses in Africa, a record fundraising streak by local startups in 2021 and demand for remote tech workers in more mature markets are all factors attributed to the rising awareness of Africa's software development talent.…
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Bujumbura tops Africa’s fastest growing cities

Bujumbura tops Africa’s fastest growing cities

SETH ONYANGO FORMER Burundi capital, Bujumbura is the fastest growing city in Africa, catalysed by rapid urbanisation, population growth and employment opportunities. Consumer and market data portal, Statista projects its population to grow 123 per cent to reach 2.3 million people in 2035. It comes on the back of expanding democratic space under President Evariste Ndayishimiye who took over the reins of the landlocked state in the Great Rift Valley in May 2020. Bujumbura currently has a population of slightly over one million, expected to more than double in the next 14 years. Zinder, Niger, is Africa's second-fastest-growing city. With…
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