African Trade Fund (AfTra)

first_img LinkedIn 0 Similar Stories Deadline: 20 November 2013Open to: African-based national and regional organizations and associations involved in trade development such as African government agencies, regional economic communities and private sector and civil society organizations located in AfricaGrant: $50,000 to $1,000,000DescriptionThe African Development Bank Group (AfDB) is pleased to announce the first call for proposals of the Africa Trade Fund (AfTra). Award amounts shall range from 50,000 USD to 1,000,000 USD per project.AfTra is a joint initiative of the AfDB and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). The Fund aims to assist low income African countries and their institutions to develop trade-related skills, regulatory regimes and infrastructure needed to enhance their trade performance and competitiveness and benefit from international trade and market opportunities.Types of Activities to be funded from AfTra Grants:Organization of or participation in national or regional level forums (meetings, seminars, conferences and workshops) to facilitate dialogue and consensus building;Knowledge, economic and sector work (baseline studies, environmental and gender related studies, studies to improve project quality, and publications);Capacity development and technical assistance, training, study tours (formal attachments and training etc.);Extension services, management of trade information and market intelligence systems (data and information collection, analysis and dissemination);Institutional capacity development (provision and refurbishing of software and hardware equipment to modernize customs or port clearing facilities; acquisition of laboratory and testing equipment; computers and other IT equipment);Strategic capital investment programs (establishment of small structures or refurbishment of buildings especially one-stop border posts);EligibilityThey invite African-based national and regional organizations and associations involved in trade development such as African government agencies, regional economic communities and private sector and civil society organizations located in Africa to apply. Bank organizational units (sector and regional departments, field offices) are also invited to apply.GrantUnder this call for proposals, the Africa Trade Fund will finance initiatives and projects that help boost the continent’s trade capacity and accelerate its integration in the global trading system. Award amounts shall range from 50,000 USD to 1,000,000 USD per project.Examples of such projects include but are not limited to:Trade facilitation projects such as the creation of one stop border posts (OSBPs), modernization of customs and ports systems, development of corridors, enhancement of border management, etc.;Projects aiming to enhance standards capacity (especially sanitary and phytosanitary standards) to facilitate market access and increase product quality;Development of market information systems to facilitation access to information;Projects and programs aiming to strengthen the capacity of trade-related national and regional institutions so that they can better implement their mandates.ApplicationAlthough applications are open and accepted throughout the year, the deadline for submission of application forms for this special Call for Proposals is 20 November 2013. Interested applicants are invited to download the Application Form AVAILABLE HERE, fill it out and to submit it to the Africa Trade Fund at [email protected] with subject: AfTra Application Form. Proposals can be submitted in either French or English.Questions for clarifications may be sent via email at [email protected] with subject: Africa Trade Fund.For further details, please see the call for applications HERE and the official website HERE. Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. ← IRO Doctoral Scholarship Programme, Belgium Reddit African Trade Fund (AfTra) Google PhD Fellowship Program for graduate students Share 0center_img November 13, 2013 Published by austin Tweet Pocket CMU Australia Scholarships for International Students Yale World Fellows Program for Mid-Career Leaders → Siemens Stiftung E-Mobility Innovation Call 2021: “Electric Mobility Made in Africa for Africa” +1last_img read more

Crytek veterans launch $6m annual fund for games startups

first_imgCrytek veterans launch $6m annual fund for games startupsGameGroove Capital will make 20 investments a year, with a focus on the CIS regionMatthew HandrahanEditor-in-ChiefWednesday 23rd October 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareVeterans of Crytek have launched a new gaming fund and accelerator, GameGroove Capital, which will invest $6 million a year in early-stage gaming startups.GameGroove Capital is based in the US, but it also has an office in Kiev, Ukraine to help target the CIS region. It was started by Alexander Zoll, the former CEO of Crytek’s Kiev studio.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Zoll left Crytek to form Blackwood Games in February this year, and Blackwood will help guide GameGroove’s partners as they develop their products — which will be games, or supporting technologies for the games industry.The fund will invest $6 million each year in 20 different projects, meaning individual investments of $300,000 each. Every partner will be part of an “acceleration program,” working with GameGroove Capital and Blackwood Games.Blackwood Games was formed by principal members of the team that created Warface, as a new home for the Warface brand. The game was first launched by Crytek on PC in 2013 and Xbox in 2014. Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesCEO says Paradox “can do better” as Q1 profits plummet”We are not satisfied with the quarter,” CEO Ebba Ljungerud saidBy Marie Dealessandri 12 hours agoStarbreeze’s Q1 losses shrink 95% to $505,000New CEO Tobias Sjögren says “the road ahead is clear” as Payday 3 is fully funded By James Batchelor 12 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Energy minister looks to wind sector for investment contribution

first_imgFeatured image: Stock Addressing delegates during the second day of SAWEA’s annual Windaba conference, the Department of Energy (DoE) acknowledged the Wind sector’s ability to attract substantial investment into the country; to significantly contribute to the country’s reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; and to drive down the cost of power through competitive pricing.Referencing the success of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REI4P) in bringing in investments of over R200 billion between 2011 and 2015, Minister Radebe confirmed government’s commitment to providing investor certainty.“Based on increasing performance in the Wind and Solar Energy sectors, I continue to invite investors to consider South Africa as an investment destination with huge potential to grow in a politically stable environment.”Speaking on policy, Rabebe said that globally it has been proven that a conducive policy environment has the greatest impact on the growth of the renewable energy sector and that government understood it would need to adopt enabling policies and regulatory frameworks to catalyse investment and to attract investors.Together with partners, the Ministry of Energy has embarked on improving wind resource mapping in South Africa through its Wind Atlas. It had also constructed 18 wind masts across 9 provinces, which would help with management and planning of wind resource investment allocations.The Minister made clear the interlinkages between the country’s economic emancipation and the provision of affordable energy to a broader population, whilst reducing carbon emissions through the diversification of the national energy portfolio.“Climate change is one of the foremost challenges facing human-kind today and should we ignore this challenge, we would be doing that at our own peril,” stated Minister Radebe.Radebe said it was critical to diversify the country’s energy portfolio because of South Africa’s record of “relatively high” greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions when measured per capita.According to the World Resources Institute Climate Analysis Indicator Tool, South Africa’s GHG profile is dominated by emissions from the energy sector, which accounted for 84% of the country’s total emissions in 2012. Sixty per cent of the emissions are due to electricity and heat, 15% from manufacturing and construction, 12% from transport and the balance from other energy subsectors.Radebe went on to explain that South Africa’s ratification of the Paris Agreement has reinforced its commitment to the deployment of renewable energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions contribution to transition to a low-carbon economy.  “The ambition for decarbonisation and zero greenhouse gas emission entails a far-reaching commitment across economic sectors and activities. In the energy sector, it implies a switch to the highest possible penetration of renewable energy and other cleaner technology measures as soon as possible,” he added.In conclusion, the Minister acknowledged the need to address grid integration issues, including the application of battery storage and smart grid technology to support the management of variable generation resources.“The integration of the power, energy efficiency, heating/cooling, transport and storage sectors offers significant opportunities for increasing the share of variable renewable energy generation into the energy system while expanding the use of renewable energy in other end-use sectors such as heating and cooling. With the coupling of various energy sectors, the prospect for further decarbonisation of the economy becomes a real possibility.” Finance and Policy Generation Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector center_img BRICS TAGSDepartment of EnergySAWEASouth Africawind energy Previous articleSenegal: solar project wins Phanes Group’s second Solar IncubatorNext articleFinance needed to close global energy access gaps, still falling short Guest ContributorThe views expressed in this article by the author are not necessarily those of the publishers and/or association partners. While every effort is made to ensure accuracy, the publisher and editors cannot be held responsible for any inaccurate information supplied and/or published. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more

TRD Quarantine Cribs: Take a tour of Cathy Franklin’s whiskey distillery & home

first_imgHere at The Real Deal, we’re delivering news and analysis every day — and lately it feels like a lot of doom-and-gloom. But one small silver lining in the middle of a pandemic is that all the Zoom calls have given us an inside look at how our colleagues live.In our new video series Quarantine Cribs, we’re bringing viewers inside the homes of the industry’s top pros. We’ll see vacation getaways, stylish studios and traditional townhomes while learning a little more about their social lives and side hustles during quarantine.For our first video, top-producing Corcoran broker Cathy Franklin takes us out to Hillrock, the expansive Hudson Valley whiskey distillery she runs alongside her husband and a master distiller. Check out the video to see how Franklin keeps up with her brokerage team virtually, ships spirits across the country and manages to find time to celebrate milestones with loved ones.Think your crib should be featured in our new series? Know an industry veteran with an insane home? Send your pitch to Hannah Kramer at [email protected]  This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

Draw for European Cups 1/8 Finals: Hypo in Leverkusen – Zaječar VS Volgograd Part 2

first_imgShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsDraw for the Women’s European Cups 1/8 Final was held in Vienna:Women´s EHF Cup Last 16 pairings:Astrakhanochka (RUS) vs WHC Radnički Kragujevac (SRB)Cankaya Bel. Anka Spor K. (TUR) vs Grupo Asfi Itxako Navarra (ESP)Tertnes Bergen (NOR) vs HAC Handball (FRA)H.C. Zalau (ROU) vs Juve Lis (POR)ZRK Vardar SCBT (MKD) vs HC “Kuban” Krasnodar (RUS)Team Tvis Holstebro (DEN) vs Lada (RUS)FC Midtjylland (DEN) vs RK GEN-I Zagorje (SLO)Metz Handball (FRA) vs KGHM Metraco Zaglebie Lubin (POL) 1 Comment Women´s Cup Winners´ Cup Last 16 pairings:HC Podravka Vegeta (CRO) vs Váci NKSE (HUN)Byåsen Trondheim (NOR) vs HC Leipzig (HUN)WHC Metalurg (MKD) vs Thüringer HC (GER)Hypo NÖ (AUT) vs TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER)Stabaek Handball (NOR) vs Issy Paris Hand (FRA)Vistal Łączpol Gdynia (POL) vs Balonmano Bera Bera (ESP)Rostov-Don (RUS) vs Team Esbjerg (DEN)Dinamo Volgograd (RUS) vs RK Zaječar (SRB) Vestergaard 20. November 2012. at 22:09 Women´s Challenge Cup Last 16 pairings:ŽRK Kumanovo (MKD) vs ŽRK Zrinjski Mostar (BIH)Spartak Kiev (UKR) vs HBC Nimes (FRA)ABU Baku (AZE) vs AZS Politechnika Koszalin (POL)KSS Kielce (POL) vs Mios Biganos Bassin D’Arcachon (FRA)Sokol Písek (CZE) vs DHK Baník Most (CZE)FETA EPIRUS Anagennisi Artas (GRE) vs Üsküdar B.S.K. (TUR)ŽRK Maks-Sport-Nova Pazova (SRB) vs Fantasyland Samobor (CRO)VS Succes Schoonmaak/VOC Amsterdam (NED) vs H 65 Höör (SWE) 1 Commentcenter_img ShareTweetShareShareEmail Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Related Items: wow! didn’t know that Hungary occupied Germany and took Leipzig…last_img read more

Phish Bust Out Instrument-Swapping ‘Walfredo,’ Debut New Tune

first_imgPhish performed their first of three shows at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in downtown San Francisco, CA last night. The city has been a bit hectic as of late, as the hometown San Francisco Giants are in the midst of a neck-and-neck World Series against the Kansas City Royals. Despite all of that, Phish delivered an energetic performance.The band opened the show with a bust-out “Walfredo,” a song on which Jon Fishman plays bass, Mike Gordon plays guitar, Trey Anastasio sits on the keys, and Page McConnell plays the drum kit. It’s a testament to their talent as musicians, or to their indelible silliness. The song hadn’t been played since 2010; here’s a video from that performance:The “Walfredo” tune was actually the result of a campaign, organized by phans, to honor a fallen Phish fan named Adam Berger. Phish honored the request, showing the intimate bond between fans and band. The song has only been played seven times.Continuing the set, the group teased a “World Series” spell-out with “Ocelot” in the number two spot of the batting order… err… set list, but quickly veered from that motif by playing “Camel Walk.” They did make a nod to the World Series in the encore, however, by debuting an instrumental rendition of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame.” While the tune is probably best suited for 7th inning stretches, it was nice for the band to acknowledge the city’s athletic efforts.Setlist:Set 1: Walfredo, Ocelot > Camel Walk, Axilla, Rift, 555, Maze, Brian and Robert, Stash, Party Time, 46 DaysSet 2: Sand > Birds of a Feather, Waiting All Night, Ghost > Bug > Seven Below > I Didn’t Know, Chalk Dust Torture, Also Sprach Zarathustra > Slave to the Traffic LightEncore: Take Me Out to the Ballgame[1], Winterqueen, A Day in the Life[1] Phish debut; instrumental.Notes: Walfredo was played for the first time since June 27, 2010 (186 shows). Trey teased Simple in Camel Walk.  Take Me Out to the Ballgame was a Phish debut, and was played as an instrumental.last_img read more

Phil Lesh & Friends Reveal Lineup For Lockn’ Festival

first_imgLockn’ has revealed the lineup for one of the festival’s two Phil Lesh & Friends performances. Lesh will be joined by Chris Robinson, Neal Casal (CRB, Ryan Adams), Eric Krasno (Soulive/Lettuce), Adam MacDougall (Black Crowes) and Tony Leone (CRB).Previously announced Lockn’ performers include Soulive, North Mississippi Allstars, Gov’t Mule, Umphrey’s McGee, Galactic, Slightly Stoopid, Anders Osborne and Little Feat.last_img

Defeating Terrorism: What Indonesia Can Teach The World

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIndonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation, is waging one of the world’s most determined campaigns against terrorism — and much of the credit goes to the country’s American-trained police unit, Detachment 88. The horror and audacity of the Bali bombings proved to be an epiphany for Indonesians, alerting them to the homegrown extremists in their midst and helping forge a national consensus against terrorism. The following year, Detachment 88 was set up with the backing of the U.S. and Australian governments. Today, it numbers 400 personnel drawn from the elite of the Indonesian police’s special-operations forces — and it has built up an extensive intelligence network to nab terrorists.Since Feb. 22, 48 suspected terrorists were caught within a seven-week period and another eight killed. In May, a further 16 suspects were arrested and five killed as police foiled a plot to assassinate Indonesia’s President and visiting foreign dignitaries. Detachment 88 had done it again.(READ the story from Time Magazine)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Two Years After Woman Changes Homeless Man’s Life, They’re Using Their Friendship to Help Someone Else

first_imgVictor Hubbard first made national headlines in 2017 after Ginger Jones Sprouse invited him to live with her and her family in Clear Lake, Texas.MORE: Once Living On the Streets, the Love and Support of 250 Seniors Made Her Sober—and an Award-Winning CaregiverAs a 38-year-old homeless man with mental illness, Hubbard had spent years standing on the same street corner waiting for the return of his mother. Despite how his mother never came back to retrieve him, Hubbard barely ever left the intersection.Since Sprouse drove past the street corner several times a day, she felt heartbroken by Hubbard’s circumstances. She eventually struck up a friendship with the man and invited him to live with her.Hubbard now has a job and a home of his own right next door to Sprouse’s – and they don’t plan on leaving each others’ side any time soon.CHECK OUT: Simple Mistake in the Kitchen Turns into Sweet Success for a Homeless Veteran“We’re going to always be together unless he chooses to go some place else,” Sprouse told KHOU.The dynamic duo now plan on paying their good fortune forward by using all of the proceeds generated from their recently-published book “Kinda Like Grace” to buy a house for someone who may need a little kindness and a roof over their head.(WATCH the emotional video below) – Photo by Ginger Jones SprouseBe Sure And Share The Sweet Story Of Companionship With Your Own Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreTwo years ago, this married mom decided to change the life of a homeless man who she regularly saw standing on a local street corner.Not only is their friendship still going strong to this day, they are now using their story to help someone else in need.last_img read more

Is communication still an issue?

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by. Sean McDonaldThroughout my travels, working with credit unions across the country and around the world, there is usually a lot of discussion related to weak communication between employees and management or among departments. This lack of communication is one of the top reasons that executives give for slow growth, decreased productivity, poor performance and low morale.Many times, a lack or productivity can be traced back to a significant lack of understanding on the part of employees (who are responsible for the productivity) as to what is expected of them.  There is a lack of clarity that leads to conflict between the employees and the managers that are responsible for ensuring that their team members are productive.It may be because the employees were never given clear and concise goals.  Maybe the expectations of the managers were unrealistic or the managers may think that they have been perfectly clear.  Ineffective communication leads people down different paths, prevents people from getting on the “same page” and tends to create the “silo” effect in the workplace.Many credit unions rely solely on an annual performance review to provide feedback and to communicate goals and expectations.  In many cases, this is the only time that employees hear from their superiors.  Even worse, the employees are not permitted to add their own input to the proceedings.  So what happens is that the employees loathe review time and since they can’t affect the final outcome of the review in any way, the review does not reach its intended purpose – to provide quality feedback and to improve employee performance. continue reading »last_img read more