Students across Kenya were challenged to design their own doodle on the theme "My Kenya". The winning entry will be displayed for 24 hours on the Google Kenya home page. The winner will receive $9,000 worth of school fees, a $9,000 technology grant for their school and an Android tablet device for themselves and their teacher.
Randgold's first finds in DRC
Mining firm Randgold Resources will soon generate gold for the first time from its DRC's Kibali mine, a combined business venture between Randgold Resources and AngloGold Ashanti. Kibali is set to generate 30,000 oz of gold in the next six months before output of 700,000 oz a year in the next four years. (See also Mining: End of a golden era.)
Italy: 60m for Africa and Asia
The Italian Cooperation will put 60m toward health, education and infrastructure projects in Africa and Asia. It includes innovative financing instruments for cooperation, promoting agricultural development in Ethiopia, 3m to Mozambique for education. Recipients of the 28m in donations and 32m in assistance loans include Somalia, Mozambique, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Lebanon, North Korea and Myanmar.
$1m innovation award to be won
GSK and Save the Children launched a $1m Healthcare Innovation Award to identify and reward innovations in healthcare that reduce child deaths. Organisations in the developing world can nominate examples of innovative healthcare approaches they have discovered or implemented. They must have resulted in tangible improvements to under-five child survival rates, be sustainable and have potential to be scaled-up and replicated. The winner receives $250,000 and runners-up a total of $750,000. www. innocentive.com/ar/challenge/9933399 by 26th August.
IFC invests in East African health
In the largest capital increase by a company in East African healthcare, IFC has taken a $4m equity in- vestment in leading health care provider AAR Health Care Holdings, part of a $15m fundraising exercise. AAR aims to expand its outpatient network, enhance specialist consultation and acquire inpatient facilities in Nairobi, Kampala and Dares Salaam. It operates 28 clinics in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania, serving over 500,000 outpatients annually. It will serve 600,000 additional outpatients a year by 2018.