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Safaicom Limited is now  is updating its mobile money transfer service, M-Pesa to be transparent. (image: Wikimedia)

Kenya: Safaricom makes M-Pesa more transparent

February 17, 2017 • East Africa, Finance, Online & Social, Top StoriesComments (0)

Traditional and mobile banking institutions have been urged to be transparent in their dealings by the business regulator, Communications Authority of Kenya (CA). This, according to Kachwanya.com, has resulted in Safaricom Limited updating mobile money transfer service, M-Pesa, to be in line with the regulators directive. Steephen Chege, Director,...

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Norman Moyo, CEO of Cumii.

Cumii: Bringing connected Things and Transformation to Africa

February 15, 2017 • East Africa, General, Internet of Things, North Africa, Southern Africa, Sponsored, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Cumii is a pan-African IoT company that focuses on disruptive technology that transforms Africa. Its philosophy and DNA is built from the “The Internet of Things” (a vision where everything is connected), “Machine to Machine” and Big Data. Recently,...

Digital payment solution fosters higher level of inclusion for MSME's in East Africa. (image: shutterstock)

Mastercard to empower 150 000 MSME’s in Kenya

February 14, 2017 • East Africa, Finance, Online & Social, Top StoriesComments (0)

Mastercard commits to empowering over 150,000 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) in Kenya within 2017 by giving them access to Masterpass QR. The mobile driven, Person-to-Merchant payment solution will be introduced through various financial...

Airtel Kenya offers routers and 3G connectivity to ensure free internet connection services.

Kenya: “She Will Connect” reaches over 3200

February 14, 2017 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Airtel Kenya and Intel have partnered on She Will Connect; a program aimed at delivering free internet connectivity by providing routers and 3G access to urban and semi urban communities in the country. According to Kenya Tech News the program has already...

Sicily Kariuki, Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs secretary (right) and Simon Kimutai, Matatu Owners Association chairmen (left)  (image: Huduma)

Huduma smart cards to connect Kenyans

February 7, 2017 • East Africa, Finance, Retail, Top StoriesComments (0)

Mastercard has committed to supporting Huduma in rolling-out a smart card that aims to connect all citizens to the formal financial sector to drive efficiency and transparency as part of their 2030 goals. The Huduma Card is a prepaid card with chip and PIN...

Jumia managing director Sam Chappatte (left)  Ann Kirima, Chair of the Kenya Investment Authority.

Kenyan SME’s flourish as e-commerce spikes

February 6, 2017 • East Africa, Online & Social, Retail, Top StoriesComments (0)

Online retailer Jumia Kenya has announced that 80 percent of the products on their platform are from accredited small businesses. Although Jumia has not released the actual number of merchants on the platform, they revealed that the number of SME’s...

The SAP mobile cloud based solution enables stuff to reduce  paperwork meaning no duplication or opportunities for human error to affect test results. (Image Source: pnrsoftsol.com)

First of its kind SAP cloud solution for cervical cancer screening

February 3, 2017 • Cloud Computing, East Africa, Healthcare, Top StoriesComments Off on First of its kind SAP cloud solution for cervical cancer screening

SAP’s Design and Co-Innovation Center together with Heidelberg University Hospital have developed a digitized screening test. The cancer screening test combines applied medical research with the power of innovative SAP cloud technology in a bid to...

6 African Tech Influencers to follow on twitter.

6 African Tech Influencers to follow on Twitter

February 2, 2017 • East Africa, Lists, Online & Social, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on 6 African Tech Influencers to follow on Twitter

Twitter is a great source of news and information, but it should be noted that the content users consume is directly influenced by the people they follow. Consequently, Twitter users with a vast number of followers are referred to as influencers. It therefore...

The Innotribe Start Up Challenge will return to Africa for its 3rd consecutive year. (Image source: Swift)

Africa’s chance: 10,000 EUR Startup Challenge returns

January 31, 2017 • Africa By Region, East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Africa’s chance: 10,000 EUR Startup Challenge returns

SWIFT Innotribe, one of the worlds leading startup competitions, announced today that the Startup Challenge for Africa is open for applications. In its third successive year, the Startup Challenge will be part of SWIFT’s African Regional Conference (ARC)...

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MTN invests $1 million to change perceptions of African history

January 26, 2017 • East Africa, Education, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on MTN invests $1 million to change perceptions of African history

With a US$1 million dollar donation, MTN Group has confirmed its backing of a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) led drive to rewrite Africa’s history from an African perspective, through the General History of Africa...

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10 African startups to watch in 2017

January 25, 2017 • East Africa, Lists, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on 10 African startups to watch in 2017

In Africa, technology and startups continue to grow as more people search for solutions to everyday problems. African Tech startups raised upwards of US$129 million in funding in 2016 and this is expected to grow in the coming years. Disrupt Africa monitors...

18 African startups to compete at Seedstars Summit.. (image: startups.com)

Startups from 18 African countries to compete for $1 million

January 24, 2017 • East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Startups from 18 African countries to compete for $1 million

African startups to pitch for funding at Seedstars global final in April. The startups are from 18 African countries and will take part in the Seedstars Summit in Switzerland. The summit according to Disrupt Africa will give startups the opportunity to pitch...

Ajira digital and the government of Kenya have partnered to create 1 million jobs for the youth. (image: official GDC)

Kenya: Ajira digital to create 1 million digital jobs

January 24, 2017 • Careers, East Africa, Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenya: Ajira digital to create 1 million digital jobs

With the high unemployment rate in the the country and internet penetration rate at 85.3 percent, Kenya has started a programme that aims to enable 1 million young people with digital skills to secure employment. 17 percent of Kenyan youth is without jobs,...

ShowMax and Vodacom team up on new lower-priced internet TV service.

ShowMax partners with SEACOM in East Africa

January 24, 2017 • East Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on ShowMax partners with SEACOM in East Africa

Kenyans can now enjoy faster connections with less buffering as ShowMax partnered with SEACOM, a data service provider and the first company to launch broadband submarine cables along Africa’s eastern and southern coastlines. SEACOM will now host ShowMax...

Gebeya allows IT professionals to target their skills and expertise to the businesses that need them. (image: Gebeya)

Gebeya, Ethiopian IT workplace platform to launch in Kenya

January 24, 2017 • East Africa, Online & Social, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Gebeya, Ethiopian IT workplace platform to launch in Kenya

Gebeya an Ethiopian startup that provides online IT training for individuals, qualified professionals and institutions has now launched in Kenya. Gebeya, an Amharic word for market provides a workplace for top IT talent to showcase and contribute their...

Siemans African Digitalisation Maturity Report 2017 (Image Source: http://ebooks.capgemini-consulting.com/)

Digitalisation could add $300 billion to African economy by 2026

January 24, 2017 • East Africa, General, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Digitalisation could add $300 billion to African economy by 2026

Digitialisation in African countries could see $300 billion added to the continents economy by 2026 according to a report released on Monday by global technology firm Siemans. The assessment was sent to Siemens’ existing and potential clients in the...