Nigeria's Dangote group to build cement factory in Ethiopia


One of Africa's leading business groups, Dangote, is set to construct a US$400 million factory in Ethiopia, probably hoping to take advantage of the construction boom in the Horn of Africa.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 October 2011 16:32


African women entrepreneurs meet to build capacity in US

African women from 36 countries are participating in the African Women Entrepreneurship programme underway in the US to provide participants with professional development training and networking opportunities with their American counterparts.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 October 2011 15:51


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Special Assistant

Africa Regional Office, London


The Africa Regional Office (AfRO) is part of the Open Society Foundations (OSF). OSF is a global network of foundations committed to local knowledge and national expertise, and including national foundations, regional foundations, and other geographic programs operating in more than one hundred countries.

AfRO works at Pan-African and international levels to support African progress towards open society goals through advocacy, research, grant making, and government and multilateral assistance, and supports OSF’s foundations and thematic programs to achieve their Africa-focused strategies.

AfRO is recruiting for a Special Assistant to join their team in London. As Special Assistant, you will provide direct high-level programmatic, administrative and project support to the Regional Director in both her capacities as leader of the regional office and a member of OSF’s Senior Management Committee.

We’ll look to you to undertake a wide range of activities that include attending meetings on behalf of the Regional Director; supporting the Africa Regional Advisory Committee; drafting memos, policy documents, reports, updates to senior management and the Global Board and other documents as required by the Regional Director; conducting research and/or leading consultations on behalf of the Africa Regional Office, and providing communication services internally for AfRO and for the Open Society’s wider Africa community. You’ll also liaise with the Open Society’s Communications team and African foundation communication teams, as needed.

To be successful, you’ll need a strong interest in, and broad knowledge of, African current affairs - particularly in themes such as justice, human rights, economic advancement, political inclusion and other areas in which OSF works, and of the leading voices in these areas. Knowledge of African civil society networks and priorities and a rich network of contacts in these fields is essential. Familiarity with philanthropy in Africa is highly desirable,

As Special Assistant, you will need high-level planning, organising and writing skills, and will be comfortable working on a variety of tasks simultaneously, across various time zones. You’ll also need self-confidence and a respectful collegial style in dealing with a wide range of people in both senior and junior roles, and of diverse backgrounds. Your strong diplomatic skills, respect for confidentiality and high personal integrity will be important qualities in this role.

If successful, you will be working in a team but may at times be expected to perform tasks and take responsibilities with little or no supervision.

For more information and to apply online, please visit our website.

Closing date: 2 March 2018.










African film industry's new lease of life in distribution

The struggle to find a foothold for Africa's film industry, especially Nigeria's Nollywood, the second largest film industry in the world according UNESCO, whilst containing piracy may have finally bore fruit as several African companies devise strategies to outsmart the distribution challenges facing the continent.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 September 2012 16:23


Nigeria: Lagos installing world class rail system

Nigeria's economic capital, Lagos will now transport 300,000 passengers per day, with a state-of-the-art, Global Positioning Sytem (GPS) based train running every five minutes, the Eko Rail Company has announced.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 October 2011 09:11


China's (grand) sons and daughters of the Revolution cause friction

Princelings (taizidang in Mandarin) are not new to the Chinese political arena. Jiang Zemin and Li Peng were the offstring of prominent Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials, as are several members of the current leadership: Zhou Xiaochuan (central bank governor), Chen Yuan (China Development Bank governor), Bo Xilai (Chongqing party secretary) and Lou Jiwei (chairman of China Investment Corporation). Vice-president Xi Jinping is the son of Xi Zhongxun, a first-generation leader.


Zambia mining: Seeking an international stake

Increasing a stake in the parent companies of Zambia’s mining subsidiaries could be a wiser move than windfall taxation


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