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The Challenge of Energy Transition in Africa

Energy transition poses momentous challenges to all countries, especially when we add COVID to the equation; but add in the effects of terrorism, multi-national influences and water shortages and the challenge in Africa is bigger still. Toby Ingram investigates and considers some Resilience and Business Continuity issues along the way.

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Should Businesses Prepare for Civil Unrest?

The rising threat of social/civil unrest and what it means for businesses. How vulnerable are you? Are you prepared? Do you have a plan? Stu’s blog follows the effect of multiple issues affecting the globe today along with advice for current business owners.

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PREPARE TO MITIGATE A WATER CRISIS BEFORE IT HAPPENS, AND PREPARE TO MANAGE IT WHEN IT ARRIVES.

There is currently not enough water in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and this is only going to get worse. Morocco are leading the way in the MENA with strategic foresight and many local water management programmes, both of which could be exported to regional partners. Toby Ingram’s blog studies some of the historic reasons for the water shortage, and looks ahead to both some of the regional challenges and solutions for the future.

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Have we over-complicated Business Continuity?

For many businesses, the last 6 months have been a battle for survival and, on a theoretical level, this would appear to be exactly what Business Continuity Planning should be all about. However, since anecdotal evidence suggests that very few plans had considered this scale of crisis, it begs the question whether we have over-complicated our processes and are now missing the fundamental point of resilience planning?

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SHOULD AFRICA TAKE A CONTINENTAL VIEW OF HIGHER EDUCATION POST COVID 19?

Should Africa take a continental view of Higher Education post COVID-19? There are certainly many reasons why they should and COVID may provide an excellent opportunity to do just that. India’s new National Education Policy contains much that could be relevant to Africa as well, and Morocco could play a leading role in guiding Africa towards the provision of a joined-up, continent wide Higher Education system fit for the 21st century.

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Africa’s Changing Resilience Picture

Many African nations took a very proactive approach to COVID in an attempt to mitigate the effect on their fragile health systems; however, from a purely economic perspective, prolonged lockdown and quarantine will have a significant effect. Businesses that routinely trade with Africa need to be assured that partners or suppliers are suitably resilient but may also need support if they are to stay afloat at all. Inverroy’s Africa Lead, Toby Ingram considers these issues and looks at Business Continuity and Resilience from a global perspective.

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I’m not saying we told you so, but actually i am…….

During the COVID lockdown, the number of people using subscription TV services such as Netflix has gone up significantly but, due to the recession, traditional broadcasters’ advertising revenue has gone down. Moreover, due to the need for COVID restrictions, the production of new TV material has all but disappeared. Subscription services are hoovering up any new TV shows that do exist by outbidding the traditional broadcasters, leaving the unpleasant prospect for the BBC/ITV of empty schedules or endless repeats in the years to come. Are we watching the end of traditional TV broadcasting?

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U Turn If You Want To?

We’ve seen countless political u-turns in recent months that have been decried by the media or opposition parties but is this really fair? In a modern-day society, if a leader is able to identify when the plan needs changing and has the courage to do so, should this not be seen as a strength rather than a weakness? Inverroy Senior Consultant, Stu Wallace, investigates….

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Preparing for a Second Wave of COVID?

If a second wave of COVID was to hit the UK or one of your key supplier’s operating base areas, would you be as prepared as you can be? Have you found the time and energy to document all the good things that you did so that they can be repeated if required? Have you identified the areas where your response could be improved? Have you talked to your Tier 1 suppliers to ensure that they are as prepared as possible? This short article will explore a few of the things we might be considering now, just in case.

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