Congratulations to Global Communities‘ Piet DeVries on his final days our Liberia Country Director! Piet has been instrumental in engaging local leaders and communities to ensure a swift and effective response to the Ebola crisis. He also led our USAID/Liberia WASH program which is helping Liberians to improve their overall health through better water supply systems, sanitation facilities and hygiene practices….

Piet DeVries

“Through working with you and the traditional leaders, I learned about the real Liberia. Before working with you, I had been in Liberia for more than a year but did not truly know this country and its people. Now, because of our collaboration, I have learned more than I could have imagined. I will always be grateful and humbled by the way you work with your people. Thank you for teaching me that.” Piet DeVries

Though deVries’ tenure as Country Director has come to an end in Liberia, he is now returning to Global Communities’ HQ in Silver Spring to serve as the Senior WASH Technical Advisor where he will remain significantly engaged in all of Liberia’s program activities…. Read full story here

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The Global Shapers Accra Hub is organizing an event in that will connect the influential World Economic Forum and put Ghana on the map.

Slated for Thursday, January 15, the session will connect with World Economic Forum’s annual meeting of 2015 of Davos of Switzerland on the theme ´Building trust in Public-Private Partnerships´.

Global Shapers Accra Hub

Altogether 40 cities will be connected to Davos to host a global conversation on an issue related to the theme of the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting 2015 in Davos-Klosters, according to a statement issued by the Hub.

The Shaping Davos event is being organized by the Global Shapers to enable local solutions for global issues.

“The event is an important opportunity to share local knowledge and perspectives, enabling people around the world to learn from Accra’s experiences and also to respect and appreciate our perspectives,” Hub Curator Deborah Ahenkorah said.

The Hub will contribute to the event in two main ways – a Local Activity on Thursday, January 15 and a main activity – Davos Broadcast – on January 19.

This is the first time that Accra will be connected live with the World Economic Forum.

The local activity will feature a panel discussion with a diverse range of national experts from the public and private sectors as panelists.

The panelists include Moses Baiden, Chairman of the Margins Group and Honorable Rashid-Abdul Pelpuo, Member of Parliament, Wa who doubles as the Minister of State for Private Public Partnerships.

Also speaking will be Christabel Dadzie, a well-known consultant for USAID on non-governmental projects.

Accra Hub’s own Global Shaper Kow Essuman, a lawyer, will also be speaking.

The main activity, Shaping Davos Live, will provide viewers around the world with an unique opportunity to access the highlights from the panel discussion.

Source: Business World Ghana

USADFThree Ghanaian companies have emerged winners in the Power Africa Off-Grid Energy Challenge sponsored by General Electric (GE), the U.S. Africa Development Foundation (USADF) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  Each of the companies received a grant of $100,000.

The companies, Solar Light Company Limited, Kumasi Institute of Tropical Agriculture and New Energy, all submitted entries for innovative energy solutions that can be deployed to power socio-economic activities within communities in Ghana that are not connected to the country’s national grid.

The Ghanaian companies joined 19 other grant winners from Liberia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya.  Over 300 entries were received from across the continent.

The Off-Grid Energy Challenge is part of Power Africa, President Obama’s initiative to increase access to reliable, affordable, clean and sustainable power in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Power Africa is also helping ensure responsible, transparent and effective management of energy resources in Sub-Saharan Africa.  The three year initiative was launched in 2013 with 6 winners drawn from Kenya and Nigeria receiving $100,000 each, toward their renewable energy projects. 

Source: Business World Ghana

obamaAfter an in-person briefing from the staff at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced a “major increase” in the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
The United States will send troops, material to build field hospitals, additional health care workers, community care kits and badly needed medical supplies.
Countless taxis filled with families worried they’ve become infected with Ebola currently crisscross Monrovia in search of help.
They scour the Liberian capital, but not one clinic can take them in for treatment…

Source:CNN