Back in the early 2000s, 13 million migrants from sub-Saharan Africa were living in other countries around the globe, residing mostly in Europe and the US. But the number (which is bigger than the entire Rwandan population!) grew extensively in the past 20 years. According to the UN’s Global Migration Report, it is now estimated at 46 million people — bigger than Uganda, Angola or Mozambique’s population.

“I wanted a life where I could earn a living and support my mother and siblings,” says Kone Larouba Nza, originally from Cote D’ Ivoire, who arrived in France in 2016. …


With a month and a half under its belt, 2021 has already brought along some monumental events. The USA inaugurated its first woman vice president, Elon Musk became the richest man in the world, Facebook and Twitter banned Donald Trump, and Covid vaccines began rolling out. But the most surprising, and some would even argue, most significant event of 2021 to date, is the stepping down of Jeff Bezos as Amazon CEO. Earlier this month, Bezos announced he will be leaving his post later this year, and will be replaced by Andy Jassy, currently the CEO of Amazon’s cloud Web…


France, known for its exquisite baguettes and cheeses, the beautiful Eiffel, and romantic Paris, has a population of over 65 million people, adding up to 0.84 percent of the global population. This number has been slowly but steadily rising, since the 1940’s, when the population amounted to just a little over 40 million.

Africa tells a slightly different story, With 1.2 billion people living across the continent. With a population growth rate of 2.7 per cent a year, France’s 65 million people are added to its count every two years. By 2050, Africa’s population is expected to double, reaching 2.5…


Mukande, a 31-year-old woman from a remote village in Gisagara District is sweeping the ground outside her home while talking to one of Ignite’s on-field agents. Her husband is out in the field, working on their maize crops.

Her 11-year-old son is standing close by, next to one of the family’s cows, while her younger daughters are running around the yard. “Having light in our home completely changed our lives”, she exclaims. “The kids can now do their homework after dark, and I can cook whenever I want to”.

Mukande and her family have had access to solar-based electricity in…


Several years ago, during a business trip to one of the African countries, I noticed the large number of houses under construction, which seemed to be untouched for a long time. At that moment I was sure that this was a negative indication of the state of the local economy, when many residents started building their houses and had to stop in the middle, probably due to lack of funds. …


In the past decade, as companies like Amazon, Facebook, and Google grew to be global roaming giants, new divisions and operations were added to their core activities, aiming to leverage their vast funds for innovative discoveries and new business models.

Uber and Tesla invested billions of dollars in autonomous vehicles, Facebook is developing VR technology, and Amazon became a leading supplier of cloud services alongside its retail business.

But when talking about innovation, the best example out there is Google, which took the world by storm with its web searching service, and since then has developed countless meaningful technologies including…


This week Joe Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States, after what was probably one of the most controversial elections in history. As in every US election, global stock markets shift and turn according to the elected candidate’s main objectives and proclaimed initiatives, and one of the leading agendas of the new government is Renewable Energy.

Biden has already announced his plan for Climate Change and Environmental Justice, pledging the U.S. will achieve a 100% clean energy economy and net-zero emissions no later than 2050. …


2020 will forever be written in history books as the year of the Covid-19 pandemic. What began as a mysterious virus in Wuhan, China, in late 2019, quickly spread across the entire globe, leaving no continent, country, or community untouched, creating economical and humanitarian damage on a historic scale. “Conflicts, climate change and Covid-19 have created the greatest humanitarian challenge since the Second World War”, said António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General a few weeks ago. “Together, we must mobilize resources and stand in solidarity with people in their darkest hour of need.”

And there will be, in fact, many in…


In a few days, 2020 will come to its inevitable finish. Under the Covid cloud that reigned supreme, normal went out the window and instead, we got social distancing, months of lockdowns, economic downfalls, political disarray and vast uncertainty. But not all was bad. Throughout the year, I encouraged those of you reading to stay positive, and try and find the interesting challenges among the hardships. And while the year was undoubtedly challenging, extraordinary people, advanced technologies, global innovation, and vast collaboration were the building blocks for some positive points. Here are a few great things that happened during 2020.


Next week, on December 21, Tesla will be joining the S&P 500, debuting as one of the 5 largest components in the index with a market value of over $570 billion (!).

Elon Musk’s cleantech giant is best known for its electric car, but is actually a global renewable energy leader, manufacturing energy-saving batteries, and fully integrated home solar systems. …

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