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1.

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

African Governance and Space: Transport Corridors, Border Towns and Port Cities in Transition

  • 2 Million
  • United Kingdom
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African Governance and Space: Transport Corridors, Border Towns and Port Cities in Transition
Company Name THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
Funded By 38
Country United Kingdom , Western Europe
Project Value 2 Million
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AFRIGOS investigates the process of respacing Africa, a political drive towards regional and continental integration, on the one hand, and the re-casting of Africas engagement with the global economy, on the other. This is reflected in unprecedented levels of investment in physical and communications infrastructure, and the outsourcing of key functions of Customs, Immigration and security agencies. AFRIGOS poses the question of how far respacing is genuinely forging institutions that are facilitating or obstructing the movement of people and goods; that are enabling or preventing urban and border spaces from being more effectively and responsively governed; and that take into account the needs of African populations whose livelihoods are rooted in mobility and informality. The principal research questions are approached through a comparative study of port cities, border towns and other strategic nodes situated along the busiest transport corridors in East, Central, West and Southern Africa. These represent sites of remarkable dynamism and cosmopolitanism, which reflects their role in connecting African urban centres to each other and to other global cities. AFRIGOS considers how governance assemblages are forged at different scales and is explicitly comparative. It works through 5 connected Streams that address specific questions: 1. AGENDA-SETTING is concerned with policy (re-)formulation. 2. PERIPHERAL URBANISM examines governance in border towns and port cities. 3. BORDER WORKERS addresses everyday governance emerging through the interaction of officials and others who make their livelihoods from the border. 4. CONNECTIVE INFRASTRUCTURE looks as the transformative effects of new technologies. 5. PEOPLE & GOODS IN MOTION traces the passage of people and goods and the regimes of regulation to which they are subjected. AFRIGOS contributes to interdisciplinary research on borderland studies, multi-level governance and the everyday state.

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Company Name THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
Address Old College, South Bridge Eh8 9yl Edinburgh
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/670851

2.

FONDAZIONE BRUNO KESSLER

Accelerating Open IoT and Big Data Innovation in Africa

  • 2 Million
  • Italy
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Accelerating Open IoT and Big Data Innovation in Africa
Company Name FONDAZIONE BRUNO KESSLER
Funded By 38
Country Italy , Western Europe
Project Value 2 Million
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WAZIHUB (in Swahili for Open-Hub) is an innovation project for Africa aiming to create an OpenHUB of IoT and Big data cutting-edge and African-grade solutions, co-designed by African people where these solutions can then be adapted to match local service needs. The vision of WAZIHUB is to exploit the huge IoT potential and share best practices for IoT and Cloud Technologies use, through the involvement of innovation communities and stakeholders at local district, regional, national and African level. The project goal is to iterate and extract value from spinning-off value-added IoT innovative services (e.g. monitoring, controlling, data analytics) based on the technologies developed in WAZIUP and FIWARE projects. In order to reach its vision, the project has the following objectives: • make the IoT, Cloud and Big Data technology more accessible through an easily replicated platform as a service using existing technologies and a smart village reference model for testing and validation • simplify the start-up creation process through setting up an accelerator program based on established experience • make the business model more accessible, enabling stakeholders to more easily catalyse around valid, innovative and tested propositions creating innovation ecosystems that also support sustainability WAZIHUB will exploit mature results already tested and ready for deployment, it will push for impact based on these through a set of ambitious and measurable KPIs in terms of creation of startups, IoT Regional Ecosystems, wide reach trough dissemination and Build Capacity to train, support and mentor targeted audience (startups, SMEs and developers). WAZIHUB also plans to expand the reach and use of WAZIUP technology to Southeast and Southern Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South-Africa, Mozambique) and at the same time to strengthen the activities and the strategic partnership with West Africa (Senegal, Ghana).

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Company Name FONDAZIONE BRUNO KESSLER
Address Via Santa Croce 77 38122 Trento
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/780229

3.

SOLAR WORKS MOZAMBIQUE LDA

SOUTHERN SSA OFF-GRID SOLAR ENERGY ROLL-OUT

  • 29 Million
  • Malawi
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SOUTHERN SSA OFF-GRID SOLAR ENERGY ROLL-OUT
Company Name SOLAR WORKS MOZAMBIQUE LDA
Funded By 37
Country Malawi , Eastern Africa
Project Value 29 Million
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The project will finance the roll-out of off-grid solar energy systems in Mozambique and potentially other countries in Southern Sub-Saharan Africa. Objectives The operation aims deploying last mile distribution for underserved rural off-grid households and micro-entrepreneurs communities in Mozambique and to a lesser extent in Malawi The operation consists in the distribution, installation, and financing of Solar Home Systems (SHS) and devices in Southern Africa by the promoter. The project is expected to have significant positive social impact given that final beneficiaries are typically off-grid households and small commercial activities, which will be enabled to improve their quality of life and partially use the energy services for productive use and income generating activities. Sector(s) Energy - Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply Proposed EIB finance (Approximate amount) USD 10 million (EUR 9 million) Total cost (Approximate amount) USD 29 million (EUR 26 million)

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Company Name SOLAR WORKS MOZAMBIQUE LDA
Web Site https://www.eib.org/en/projects/pipelines/all/20190132

4.

ROADS AUTHORITY

MALAWI M1 ROAD REHABILITATION I

  • 191 Million
  • Malawi
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MALAWI M1 ROAD REHABILITATION I
Company Name ROADS AUTHORITY
Funded By 37
Country Malawi , Eastern Africa
Project Value 191 Million
Project Detail

The project consists of a multi-scheme road operation for the rehabilitation of about 347 km of the single carriageway M1 road in Malawi with no changes to the existing alignment. The project includes the civil works along five distinct road sections identified from north to south as follows: Karonga-Songwe (46km); Kecheche-Chiweta (66km); Jenda-Mzimba (47km); Kasungu-Jenda (86km); Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) Kasungu (102 km), in addition two technical assistance components are included for project implementation and monitoring during the project cycle. Objectives The objective of the project is to improve food security, access to trade and essential services through the provision of basic road infrastructure by providing a reliable and durable M1 road integrated into the Common Market for Eastern & Southern Africa (COMESA) North-South Corridor. The project is expected to increase the traffic safety and security of the M1 road.

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Web Site https://www.eib.org/en/projects/pipelines/all/20140373

5.

Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa

Regional capacity building of COMESA member states in Eastern and Southern Africa for enhanced transparency in Climate Change Monitoring, Reporting and Verification as defined in the Paris Agreement.

  • 7 Million
  • Zambia
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Regional capacity building of COMESA member states in Eastern and Southern Africa for enhanced transparency in Climate Change Monitoring, Reporting and Verification as defined in the Paris Agreement.
Company Name Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa
Funded By 107
Country Zambia , Southern Africa
Project Value 7 Million
Project Detail

Regional capacity building of COMESA member states in Eastern and Southern Africa for enhanced transparency in Climate Change Monitoring, Reporting and Verification as defined in the Paris Agreement. Project Summary Project Details GEF Project ID 10093 Project Type Full-size Project Status Concept Approved Country Regional Region Focal Areas Climate Change Funding Source GEF Trust Fund Implementing Agencies Conservation International Executing Agencies The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) - Climate Change Unit; The Regional Center for Mapping Resources for Development (RCMRD); The Greenhouse Gas Management Institute (GHGMI); The Vital Signs Monitoring Programme; and The Secretariat of the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA) GEF Period: GEF - 7 Approval Fiscal Year: 2019 Project Documents Sorry, no documents available Financials Project Preparation Grant Amount 0 USD GEF Project Grant 5,250,000 USD Co-financing Total 1,564,000 USD GEF Agency Fees 472,500 USD Total Cost 6,814,000.00 USD

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UNIVERSITEIT GENT

The First Bantu Speakers South of the Rainforest: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach to Human Migration, Language Spread, Climate Change and Early Farming in Late Holocene Central Africa

  • 2 Million
  • Belgium
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The First Bantu Speakers South of the Rainforest: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach to Human Migration, Language Spread, Climate Change and Early Farming in Late Holocene Central Africa
Company Name UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Funded By 38
Country Belgium , Western Europe
Project Value 2 Million
Project Detail

The Bantu Expansion is not only the main linguistic, cultural and demographic process in Late Holocene Africa. It is also one of the most controversial issues in African History that still has political repercussions today. It has sparked debate across the disciplines and far beyond Africanist circles in an attempt to understand how the young Bantu language family (ca. 5000 years) could spread over large parts of Central, Eastern and Southern Africa. This massive dispersal is commonly seen as the result of a single migratory macro-event driven by agriculture, but many questions about the movement and subsistence of ancestral Bantu speakers are still open. They can only be answered through real interdisciplinary collaboration. This project will unite researchers with outstanding expertise in African archaeology, archaeobotany and historical linguistics to form a unique cross-disciplinary team that will shed new light on the first Bantu-speaking village communities south of the rainforest. Fieldwork is planned in parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo and Angola that are terra incognita for archaeologists to determine the timing, location and archaeological signature of the earliest villagers and to establish how they interacted with autochthonous hunter-gatherers. Special attention will be paid to archaeobotanical and palaeoenvironmental data to get an idea of their subsistence, diet and habitat. Historical linguistics will be pushed beyond the boundaries of vocabulary-based phylogenetics and open new pathways in lexical reconstruction, especially regarding subsistence and land use of early Bantu speakers. Through interuniversity collaboration archaeozoological, palaeoenvironmental and genetic data and phylogenetic modelling will be brought into the cross-disciplinary approach to acquire a new holistic view on the interconnections between human migration, language spread, climate change and early farming in Late Holocene Central Africa.

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Company Name UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Address Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25 9000 Gent
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/209724/factsheet/en

7.

METIER PRIVATE EQUITY INTERNATIONAL

METIER SUSTAINABLE CAPITAL FUND II

  • Plz Refer Document
  • South Africa
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METIER SUSTAINABLE CAPITAL FUND II
Company Name METIER PRIVATE EQUITY INTERNATIONAL
Funded By 37
Country South Africa , Southern Africa
Project Value Plz Refer Document
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Description Fund targeting clean energy and resource-efficient infrastructure in Africa, across project finance, growth and replacement capital investments. Objectives The Fund intends to deploy its capital through 8 to 12 transactions with a focus on Southern Africa (including South Africa) with an expected share of about 55%. Target sectors are grid-tied renewable energy (PV, wind, hydro, and biomass), distributed renewables (mainly small scale PV with potential to include storage), as well as resource efficiency (energy efficiency, waste management, wastewater treatment, and water management).

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Company Name METIER PRIVATE EQUITY INTERNATIONAL
Web Site https://www.eib.org/en/projects/pipelines/all/20190120

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European Investment Bank

SOUTHERN SSA OFF-GRID SOLAR ENERGY ROLL-OUT

  • Plz Refer Document
  • Malawi
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SOUTHERN SSA OFF-GRID SOLAR ENERGY ROLL-OUT
Company Name European Investment Bank
Funded By 37
Country Malawi , Eastern Africa
Project Value Plz Refer Document
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Promoter – Financial Intermediary Not disclosed. Location Malawi, Mozambique Description The project will finance the roll-out of off-grid solar energy systems in Mozambique and potentially other countries in Southern Sub-Saharan Africa. Objectives The operation aims deploying last mile distribution for underserved rural off-grid households and micro-entrepreneurs communities in Mozambique and to a lesser extent in Malawi The operation consists in the distribution, installation, and financing of Solar Home Systems (SHS) and devices in Southern Africa by the promoter. The project is expected to have significant positive social impact given that final beneficiaries are typically off-grid households and small commercial activities, which will be enabled to improve their quality of life and partially use the energy services for productive use and income generating activities. Sector(s) Energy - Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply Proposed EIB finance (Approximate amount) not disclosed Total cost (Approximate amount) not disclosed Environmental aspects The relatively small size of the household solar home systems, the multiple locations and the nature of the installation of solar powered systems will limit the potential negative environmental impacts of the operation. The due diligence will review the promoters capacity, approach and procedures for ensuring that the operation is implemented in line with the Banks environmental standards, notably for what concerns potential residual risks, such as e-waste and battery disposal/recycling, as well as client protection principles. The project is expected to be environmentally and socially sound. It will facilitate access to renewable energy for an unserved or underserved population and mitigate CO2 emissions from fossil energy sources currently used for lighting and electricity generation. Procurement The Bank will require the promoter to ensure that implementation of the project will be done in accordance with the Banks Guide to Procurement. Status Approved - 28/08/2019

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Web Site https://www.eib.org/en/projects/pipelines/all/20190132

9.

Wits Reproductive Health & HIV Institute

Safer, more robust and less expensive first-line antiretroviral therapy

  • 13 Million
  • South Africa
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Safer, more robust and less expensive first-line antiretroviral therapy
Company Name Wits Reproductive Health & HIV Institute
Funded By 107
Country South Africa , Southern Africa
Project Value 13 Million
Project Detail

DISEASE HIV and Co-Infection TYPE Treatment LEAD GRANTEE Wits Reproductive Health & HIV Institute GRANT FOCUS Improve antiretroviral treatment for HIV-positive people in low- and middle-income countries STATUS Current TIME FRAME 2016-2020 GRANT VALUE US$ 12,929,422 DISBURSEMENTS As of 13.12.2018 US$ 7,066,665 A rigorous clinical trial that could yield better first-line HIV treatment. Challenges Current first-line regimens recommended in low- and middle-income countries have successfully treated over 15 million people. However, the regimens are highly susceptible to drug resistance, even in the event of a slight decrease in adherence. This results in rapid transition to more expensive and more complex second-line regimens. First-line regimens also prove toxic for a significant number of patients, compromising adherence. The need for better regimens in resource-limited settings remains unmet. Experience has shown that transition to new antiretroviral combinations can be very challenging in low- and middle-income countries. Lack of effective planning and implementation often leads to delays in adopting new WHO recommendations. Solutions The ADVANCE project includes a rigorous clinical trial that could yield a new first-line regimen with the potential to transform healthcare for HIV-positive people in resource-constrained settings. A large community-, clinician- and regulatory-engagement programme will run in tandem with the clinical trial to prepare South Africa and the region for this regimen. This trial will evaluate a new first-line regimen that, if successful, will be cheaper, more tolerable for patients, and require a smaller dose than existing first-line regimens. It will also aim to provide a far higher barrier to resistance. “If we get this right, patients will benefit from safer, better tolerated, more forgiving and smaller tablets, while governments will save money. It is not often in medicine we get such a win-win.” FRANÇOIS VENTER, PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR, ADVANCE TRIAL Progress so far The ADVANCE trial started screening in mid-January 2017, with enrolment completed in May 2018. A total of 1,053 participants were enrolled, and the first study results are expected in mid-2019 (48-week outcomes) and mid-2020 (96-week outcomes). With support from this project, community and health-worker engagement and advocacy has increased as South Africa plans to introduce dolutegravir into the national guidelines for antiretroviral therapy (ART) with roll-out in July 2019. Find out more Lead grantee: Wits RHI Consortium member: St. Stephen’s AIDS Trust Consortium member: Treatment Action Campaign Consortium member: Southern Africa HIV Clinicians Society Consortium member: University of Cape Town Grant advocacy partner: HIV i-Base The impact we are seeking The ultimate objective of this grant is to generate evidence that supports the wider adoption of optimal ARV regimens that are cheaper, more tolerable for patients, and have a smaller dosage than existing first-line regimens. The significantly lower price of new therapies could enable the South African government to provide ART to several million more people with HIV by 2019 using the existing drug budget.

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Company Name Wits Reproductive Health & HIV Institute
Address Klein St & Esselen St, Hillbrow, Johannesburg, 2001, South Africa Phone: +27 11 358 5300
Web Site https://unitaid.org/project/safer-robust-less-expensive-first-line-antiretroviral-therapy-advance-trial/#en

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Institut Bouisson Bertrand

Enabling access to new first-line antiretrovirals in low-income countries

  • 2 Million
  • France
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Enabling access to new first-line antiretrovirals in low-income countries
Company Name Institut Bouisson Bertrand
Funded By 107
Country France , Western Europe
Project Value 2 Million
Project Detail

DISEASE HIV and Co-Infection TYPE Treatment LEAD GRANTEE Institut Bouisson Bertrand GRANT FOCUS Generate robust evidence on the clinical and economic benefits of a dolutegravir-based regimen in an African setting STATUS Current TIME FRAME 2016-2021 GRANT VALUE US$ 2,450,223 DISBURSEMENTS As of 23.11.2018 US$ 1,416,890 A clinical trial to generate robust evidence on the clinical and economic characteristics of a dolutegravir-based regimen in an African setting Challenges More than 15 million people living with HIV have no access to treatment, around half of them in eastern and southern Africa. New antiretroviral drugs such as dolutegravir (DTG) offer improved treatments, but their suitability for resource-limited settings is unknown because they have been evaluated mainly in US and European markets. Solutions DTG has been shown in trials to be safer, more effective and more affordable than many antiretrovirals. Because it has fewer side effects, patients are more likely to finish the treatment. Studies suggest that switching to DTG-based regimens could enable low-and middle-income countries to expand antiretroviral therapy fast enough to reach the UN 90-90-90 targets for ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic. “The results of this study are highly anticipated at the international level in order to evolve the treatment recommendations for better tolerated and more effective strategies.” PROFESSOR ERIC DELAPORTE, TRIAL PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR Progress so far The NAMSAL/ANRS 12313 trial aims to confirm the efficacy of DTG-based first-line treatment in a low-income country (Cameroon). The trial started in July 2016, and initial results were presented at HIV Glasgow in October 2018. All participants are in the 96-week trial follow-up phase. Next results will be presented at the IAS and ICASA meetings in 2019, and 96-week results are expected in late 2019. Post-trial results will be ready near the end of 2021. The project also includes sub-studies on: the cost-effectiveness of introducing DTG as a first-line HIV drug in low- and middle-income countries; efavirenz concentration levels in pregnant women and in TB co-infected patients; and the HIV virus’s emerging resistance to these treatments. Read more The impact we are seeking The grant aims to contribute to the scale-up of improved first-line antiretroviral treatment. It will strengthen the evidence base for the clinical and economic benefits of a DTG-based first-line regimen in Africa. This regimen could directly impact millions of people living with HIV if it were recommended as a first-line treatment. It could also generate significant financial savings, as it is more affordable compared with current treatment options.

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Company Name Institut Bouisson Bertrand
Address 5 Rue de lEcole de Médecine, 34000 Montpellier, France Phone : +33 4 99 77 01 48
Web Site https://unitaid.org/project/enabling-access-robust-well-tolerated-new-generation-first-line-antiretroviral-treatment-low-income-countries/#en

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