Ashenda the green carnival

Seriously who would not like a colorful most glamorized Carnival street parties. Let your good times roll at Ethiopia’s unique Ashenda festivals. The celebration is exclusive to Lasta Lalibela, North Sekota and Tigray. It is known as “Ashenda” throughout Tigray, “Shadey” in Wag Hemra and by “Solel” in Raya Kobo. Costumed revelers board throwing beads of flower and palm shaking their shoulder to the beat of a traditional instrument called kebero.

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Can Development Be Sustainable?: Ghana’s Environmental Issues

Firstly, development can simply be defined as a process of growth. Traditional welfare economics had focused on incomes as the main measure of well-being or development. This parameter witnessed countries being seen as developed or underdeveloped (poor) with respect to the income levels of its citizenry. Later works of renowned economist Amartya Sen included other parameters in the broader sense.  His extensive works showed that poverty involved a wider range of deprivations in health, education and living standards which were not captured by income alone. Sen’s view is now widely accepted:  development must be judged by its impact on people, not only by changes in their income but more generally in terms of their choices, capabilities and freedoms; and we should be concerned about the distribution of these improvements, not just the simple average for a society.

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Evaluating the best practices of Tourism

Tourism remained to be an imperative contributor to the economy and sustainable development in Ethiopia and beyond. Tourism is often backed as a means to diversify economic conditions in rural and urban areas by providing alternative sources of employment and income generation.

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Little known incredible facts about Ethiopia

Ever assumed Ethiopia is a place of just a common thing. Nope, it’s truly a stunning and adventures country with globally praised competitive economy in Africa.  At a glance Jumia Travel Africa’s leading online hotel booking website identified little known facts about Ethiopia you probably never heard before.

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International Day of Youth: Reach for Change Africa calls for strengthened social entrepreneurship sector to increase opportunities for innovative youth

Reach for Change Africa is calling on social entrepreneurs, NGOs and government to play their role in strengthening the social entrepreneurship sector in Africa on International Day of Youth 2016. Reach for Change Africa, which runs innovation competitions, incubators and accelerators to support innovative African social entrepreneurs, affirmed that the best way to empower youth to create positive change in Africa is by building a strong social entrepreneurship ecosystem that attracts the most talented, innovative young people to the field.

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Global Warming: How is Africa Affected?

Various parts of Africa are faced by similar but quiet diverse effects of Global Warming. West Africa is most affected by high temperatures and irregular rainfall patterns accompanied with sea level rise. In East and Central Africa, major effects of global warming is in the word ‘warming’. That part of Africa is extremely warm which is resulting to droughts and hunger; in a long term, it is affecting the agricultural sector and standard of life for rural livelihoods. In South and North Africa, global warming is affecting coastal resources through sea level rise and also rising temperatures.

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SOMALILAND: Regulatory Gaps in Mobile Banking Platforms

Somaliland is one of the leading markets of mobile banking platforms in Africa. It has been acknowledged by renowned individuals, such as Bill Gates of Microsoft, and international finance and development institutions, for its innovation and customer reach. It has made easy payment systems for goods and services. It is also free, unlike in most other countries.

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Leon Kluge and South African Mint to provide show stopping design at Cape Town Flower Show

The Cape Town Flower Show is delighted to have designer Leon Kluge participating at the event.  Not only one of South Africa’s most reputable international export garden designers, Leon needs little introduction in the world of showcase gardens.  His garden at the Cape Town Flower Show is being sponsored by South African Mint for whom Leon has cleverly included a theme to reflect their participation.

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Thebe Reed Exhibitions uncovers SA’s most entrepreneurial sectors

Local entrepreneurs see agriculture, services and the automotive industry as some of the sectors with the most growth potential, according to research by Thebe Reed Exhibitions.

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IMF Reaches Staff-Level Agreement with Egypt on a Three-Year US$12 Billion Extended Fund Facility

End-of-Mission press releases include statements of IMF staff teams that convey preliminary findings after a visit to a country. The views expressed in this statement are those of the IMF staff and do not necessarily represent the views of the IMF’s Executive Board. Based on the preliminary findings of this mission, staff will prepare a report that, subject to management approval, will be presented to the IMF’s Executive Board for discussion and decision.

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USTDA Accepting Proposals For Clean Energy Projects In Africa Through September 26

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency is expanding its investments in sustainable energy projects across sub-Saharan Africa. An implementing agency of both the Power Africa and U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Finance (US-ACEF) initiatives, USTDA invests in project preparation activities designed to generate renewable and gas-fired power, modernize electric grids and increase energy efficiency. The Agency’s programs are available to help African project sponsors prepare bankable clean energy projects.

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Consumer Enforcement Agencies must strengthen Intra and Extra Regional Initiatives

The Acting Deputy Director-General of Consumer and Corporate Regulation at the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), Mr MacDonald Netshitenzhe says consumer enforcement agencies should strengthen intra- and extra-cross border enforcement initiatives in order to achieve common consumer protection law and policies.  Netshitenzhe was speaking at three-day African Consumer Protection Dialogue Conference which started in Boksburg today.

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Uganda to host the 4th Edition of the East Africa International Arbitration Conference (EAIAC)

Now in its 4th Edition, East Africa International Arbitration Conference (EAIAC) (EAArbitration.com) has grown to become an authoritative platform in East Africa promoting the region’s legal capacity, and highlighting Arbitration as an alternative investment dispute mechanism.

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The tourism cost of the Protests in Tshwane

The tourism industry in South Africa remains in a constant crisis mode, it’s either this or its either that. The tourism industry requires our collective attention as it attracts more foreign exchange than gold mining, hence we call tourism the ‘’new gold’’. The South Africa economy challenged by structural challenges will not reach more than 1% economic growth. This means that the labour absorbing potential of the economy remains low.

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Tourism and Aviation: The future of Africa

Professor Molefe Asante, one of the top Afrocentric academics always counsels that ‘’ the truth requires no defence, the truth is its own defence’’. We as people speak truth to power we vocalising our feelings, aspirations, fears and the conditions that create freedom from the unfreedoms in our lives.  Michael Radu titled a piece Does Africa Exist? noted that ‘’for more than four decades, African elites and their intellectual mentor sin the West have comfortably lived with a faction: that whatever is wrong in the continent-tribalism, corruption, genocide, falling states, poverty and HIV/AIDS-is somebody’s else’s faulty…

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SAA/Mango Cross Subsidisation: A Viewpoint

The media as expected, the unofficial evangelists of privatisation and the official opposition to South African Airways were blessed with joy and celebration at the resignation of the CEO of Mango Nico Bezuidenhout. It seems Christmas came early for many members of the Fourth Estate. From the onset, I am a firm believer that strong management and good governance are the necessary prerequisites that will make businesses to succeed be they public or private.

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The implications of the Miami shooting: Gay Tourism Implications for Cape Town

Orlando in Florida is one of the top tourism destinations in the world, and the attack on a gay club is regrettable. People from the LGBT communities are people and this act of violence against LGBT communities is an attack on humankind. Sexual orientation is a choice, whether one agrees with or against it. Sexual orientation is personal and is protected by our constitution because all are equal before the law.

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