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THE BEST PROPOSAL WRITING TECHNIQUES FOR NGOs

A successful application depends on the design of a sound project, which addresses social, political, and economic issues of a community. In order to get funded, it is important to spell out your needs, plans, and evaluation strategies in a way that allows the potential donor to understand the importance of your project and become interested in what you are doing. The proposal you send represents your major opportunity to get funded, so it is of crucial importance to learn how to write it in a consistent and effective way….

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HOW DOES UNITED NATIONS FUND NGOs

The United Nations (UN) does fund NGOs – you can easily find out more about this by browsing the profiles of those who got financial support from one of the agencies part of the UN-family. Search for the agencies with branches in your own country and get connected to them (via Facebook, twitter, checking their websites, and subscribing to their mailing lists). It is likely that, if the UN has offices in your country, then the first selections of applications will be done locally. Familiarise with their activities in your…

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Africa Featured 

HOUSE 43 ABUJA HOSTS BLOGGERS PARTY

LOGiN Bloggers Network  in Nigeria has announced partnership with House 43 in order to host the second Bloggers party in Abuja. This network of bloggers, coordinated by Logos Audibles Enterprises have the mandate to groom and provide capacity for bloggers and social media users to bring about development in Nigeria and indeed Africa. LOGiN Bloggers believe that bloggers can be brand ambassadors for organisations armed with ethics, respect for intellectual property and offline relevance in form of niche community impact. They are doing this through their nationwide trainings and by…

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Africa Business Economy 

THE FIRST MOBILE MONEY SERVICE IN THE WORLD TO PAY PROFIT TO ITS USERS: TIGO PESA RETURNS TZS 3 BILLION TO CUSTOMERS AS FIRST QUARTERLY PAYMENT

Tigo announced  the first of its regular quarterly payments worth 3bn/- (US $ 1.8 million) to Tigo Pesa users.   This payment comes three months after the company paid a staggering profit of TZS 14.25 billion (US $ 8.64 million) accumulated in the Tigo Pesa Trust Account to become the first mobile money service in the world to pay profit to its users. Tigo Pesa has a subscriber base of 3.6 million customers. Tigo General Manager Diego Gutierrez said “This second round of profit disbursement shows the company’s continued commitment…

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THE ESSENTIAL Apps FOR COFEE LOVERS (Infographic)

“The Essential Apps for Coffee Lovers”.   offers an overview of some of the very best coffee apps available in the world for both iPhone and Android users. Find out about apps that will provide you with a history on each and every coffee drink, step-by-step instructions on how to master coffee art or help you find the nearest independent coffee shop. See the infographic below and for more information log on to http://www.espressoworks.com.au/  

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Africa Business 

JUMIA Secures EUR 120m in Funding

Jumia announced a new round of investments amounting to EUR 120 million. These investments, which were made by existing shareholders, strengthen the company‘s position as the leading online retailer in Africa. Jeremy Hodara, co-CEO of Africa Internet Group said: “We are very pleased to have been given this show of confidence, which acknowledges JUMIA’s success. We consider this recognition of the huge potential of e-commerce in Africa and the strong momentum of JUMIA across the continent.” Based on this financing round, Jumia’s post-money valuation has increased from EUR 212.5 million…

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Africa Sports 

Behold MARHABA: Official match ball for AFCON 2015

  German sporting giant, Adidas and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Wednesday presented Marhaba, the Official Match Ball for the Orange Africa Cup of Nations, Equatorial Guinea 2015. Marhaba, will be officially revealed on Wednesday, 3 December 2014 during the draw of the final tournament at the Sipopo Convention Centre in Malabo. Taking inspiration from the intricate history of the tournament and its famously passionate fans, the ball was designed in collaboration with CAF. The distinctive gold and blue colouring on the ball represents the contrasting landscapes of…

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Africa Business 

The global luxury market is worth $280bn; here’s how Africa can get a slice of the ‘dreams’ business

Nigeria has the second highest sales of champagne in the world after France. Bottles of luxury champagne brand Armand de Brignac. Nigerians between 2006 and 2011 consumed over 750,000 bottles of champagne. Below, Porsche’s Uhmlanga centre in South Africa. (Photos/AFP, Porsche) LUXURY,  an industry whose new growth is being driven by developing markets in Brazil, Indonesia, China, Kazakhstan and India, is now beginning to get a slice of Africa action, with markets such as Nigeria, South Africa, Angola, Kenya and Mozambique at the fore. The growth is in both products and services. In…

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Africa 

Might be hard to believe, but the Nigerian army is more than 15 times bigger than Boko Haram.

Nigerian Finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: Surprisingly, the country’s economy has been resilient in the face of a deadly campaign of violence by Boko Haram. (Photo WEC/flickr). MORE than 45 people were killed when two teenage female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a crowded market in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, the latest in a wave of such attacks blamed on Boko Haram. The explosions in the Borno state capital targeted the same Monday Market area where at least 15 people died on July 1 in a blast also thought to have…

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Africa 

These are the 15 places in Africa where you should be buried – if you love great beauty

Be you a lover of outer space, a peace-loving historian, beauty-loving, and quiet-seeking type, there’s a great place in Africa to rest your soul. Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park in Madagascar with its forest of sharp spikes. You don’t see this often. (Photo Lapiaz/flickr).   BECAUSE of custom and tradition, burials are still a touchy subject in most of Africa. Even when a man or woman has left a will on how they should be interred, often it only helps to set off relatives to go war with each other. In…

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