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African countries with the fastest mobile internet speed ranked

African countries with the fastest mobile internet speed ranked

June 23, 2018 • East Africa, Lists, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Much of 2018’s growth in internet users in Africa has been driven by more affordable smartphones and mobile data plans. Mobile phone users in Africa are up by more than 20 percent, with the reported number of internet users in Mali increasing by almost 6 times since January 2017. The number of internet users in [&hellip...

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Ethiopia, Tanzania and Kenya among the top scoring economies; Uganda records strongly improved risk-reward score

East African countries continue to offer highest rewards for investors

June 22, 2018 • East Africa, FinanceComments (0)

Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda offer investors a reward score above the African continent’s average, according to the 2018 Africa Risk-Reward Index from Control Risks and Oxford Economics. Ethiopia and Tanzania lead the list of the top rewarding...

What investors are looking for in Africa's fintech sector

What investors are looking for in Africa’s fintech sector

June 18, 2018 • East Africa, Finance, North Africa, Opinion, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments (0)

Africa has long been considered a global leader in fintech innovation and adoption. The continent’s low penetration rates for traditional banking services coupled with high penetration of mobile phones makes it a rich breeding ground for fintech...

According to De Vasconcelos, the strong presence of post offices in remote and rural areas is extremely valuable.

African post offices at the forefront of financial solutions in rural areas

June 18, 2018 • East Africa, Finance, North Africa, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments (0)

Postal services can play a pivotal role in delivering remittances, lowering the transfer costs and providing access to basic financial services in Africa, according to a report released today by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and...

Innovative new products can be designed around future environmental stressors and demands without having to consider old, established systems.

How digital transformation can drive growth and job creation across emerging economies

June 17, 2018 • East Africa, General, North Africa, Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments (0)

Innovation and entrepreneurship play an ever-increasing role in growing Africa’s emerging technology ecosystem. According to research by the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator, over the past two years alone, Africa has seen the number of innovation hubs double....

Ethiopia, Tanzania and Kenya among the top scoring economies; Uganda records strongly improved risk-reward score

Postal operators can help drive down remittance costs in parts of Africa

June 16, 2018 • East Africa, Opinion, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments (0)

Money received from loved ones working abroad can transform a family’s living standards. From Albania to Australia and from Bahrain to Bangladesh, the essential bridges built between countries due to remittances support migrant families and keep children in...

Team TIFAT becomes the first startup to book a spot on the DEMO Africa regional challenge.

TIFAT books a spot on the DEMO Africa regional challenge

June 14, 2018 • East Africa, Sponsored, StartupsComments (0)

TIFAT a farm technology that connects farmers to a buyer’s marketplace emerged the winner of the DEMO Africa Uganda Innovation Tour. TIFAT beat a field of more than 15 other startups from Uganda in a two-round contest at the Hive Collab in Kampala. 30...

Mastercard announced today that Salah Goss has been appointed as Head of the Mastercard Labs for Financial Inclusion, based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Salah Goss to lead Mastercard Labs for Financial Inclusion in Kenya

June 14, 2018 • East Africa, FinanceComments (0)

Mastercard announced today that Salah Goss has been appointed as Head of the Mastercard Labs for Financial Inclusion, based in Nairobi, Kenya. Salah brings extensive experience in financial inclusion specializing in mobile enabled solutions, agent banking and...

The benefits of cloud-based training apps can no longer be ignored

The benefits of cloud-based training apps can no longer be ignored

June 14, 2018 • East Africa, Opinion, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments (0)

Despite the fact that Africa’s e-learning market doubled from 2011 to 2016, reaching $513 million, the continent’s three biggest economies, South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya, are not yet moving their training applications to the cloud en masse. This...

Dr. William Mapham, founder of Vula Mobile

African Technology startups showcase Innovative Healthcare Solutions at VivaTech in France

June 13, 2018 • East Africa, Healthcare, North Africa, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments (0)

Pharmaceutical company, Sanofi’s Afric@Tech initiative – which was created as a part of the recent Viva Technology event in Paris, France, took place this May 2018 with its overall winner emanating from South Africa. Aligned to Sanofi’s objective of...

Google committed to seven principles to guide its development of AI applications

Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa extends to 12 more African countries

June 11, 2018 • East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Google has announced that applications for Class 2 of the Launchpad Accelerator Africa program are open. Google also announced it is extending the program to include startups from a further 12 African countries. This means it is now accepting applications...

AfriLabs extends reach to 6 new countries

AfriLabs extends reach to 6 new countries

June 11, 2018 • East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on AfriLabs extends reach to 6 new countries

AfriLabs has announced the admission of 40 new hubs; its largest hub admission to date into its network making it a total of 100 hubs across 30 African countries. This also extends the company’s reach to 6 new countries; Morocco, Algeria, Somali Land,...

A new malware is making its mark in Africa

A new malware is making its mark in Africa

June 8, 2018 • East Africa, North Africa, Opinion, Security, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments Off on A new malware is making its mark in Africa

There’s a new cyber threat on the block, and it’s sneakier than anything we’ve seen before – undoubtedly the reason why it’s the malware of choice for hackers across Africa right now. In fact, though crypto-mining malware is...

#NDP2030Hackathon – doing it for the country

African Development Bank launches coding for employment program

June 7, 2018 • East Africa, EducationComments Off on African Development Bank launches coding for employment program

The African Development Bank, together with partners – The Rockefeller Foundation, Microsoft and Facebook – launched the Coding for Employment Program at the African Innovation Summit in Kigali, Rwanda. By training youth in demand-driven Information and...

Africa Innovation Summit Kicks Off in Kigali Showcasing Ground-breaking African Solutions

Africa Innovation Summit kicks off in Kigali

June 7, 2018 • East Africa, EventsComments Off on Africa Innovation Summit kicks off in Kigali

The Prime Minister of Rwanda, the Honourable Edouard Ngirente, this morning officially declared the Africa Innovation Summit (AIS) 2018 open in Kigali, Rwanda. AIS II will focus on innovative and disruptive solutions to the major challenges facing African...

Liquid Telecom widens availability of Microsoft Azure Stack across Africa

Liquid Telecom widens availability of Microsoft Azure Stack across Africa

June 7, 2018 • Cloud Computing, East Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Liquid Telecom widens availability of Microsoft Azure Stack across Africa

Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom has announced the availability of Microsoft Azure Stack – an extension of an ever-expanding set of cloud services to consistently develop and run hybrid cloud applications – to select African markets....