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Safaricom signs direct partnership with WorldRemit for digital money transfers to 28.6 million M-PESA accounts

Safaricom partners with WorldRemit for digital money transfers

August 15, 2018 • East Africa, Finance, Mobile and TelecomsComments (0)

Digital money transfer service WorldRemit has signed a direct partnership with Safaricom to enable instant cross-border money transfers to 28.6 million M-PESA mobile money accounts in Kenya. The direct partnership marks the culmination of years of rapidly growing volumes of international money transfers to M-PESA accounts by WorldRemit users, and supports...

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Twitter Lite now available in over 45 countries

Twitter Lite now available in over 45 countries

August 14, 2018 • East Africa, Online & Social, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Twitter announced on Monday, 13 August 2018 that it has expanded Twitter Lite to 21 more countries including five countries in Africa. The company also reveled that Lite now supports push notifications and threaded Tweets. Twitter Lite was launched in 2017 as...

Safaricom considering finger biometrics to curb SIM Card fraud

Safaricom to introduce finger biometrics to curb SIM card fraud

August 14, 2018 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Kenya’s biggest teleco Safaricom, is in the process of developing a framework that will deal with the sim card swap fraud. This comes after ongoing sim card fraud that plagued users in the country in recent months. Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore said that such...

Gilbert Saggia, Managing Director, East Africa, SAP

The digital transformation of Africa’s rail system

August 13, 2018 • East Africa, OpinionComments (0)

Few modes of transport evoke such a sense of history and romanticism as rail. The first recorded use of rail transport was around 500BC, when ancient Greeks used a rail-like system – most likely powered by humans or horses – to carry boats across...

Mines secures $13M Series A to expand credit platform for emerging markets

Fintech startup secures $13M Series A to expand credit platform for emerging markets

August 13, 2018 • East Africa, Finance, Southern Africa, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Mines, a fintech startup re-inventing credit in emerging markets, has closed a Series A round of $13M led by The Rise Fund, a global fund managed by TPG Growth. Also participating are Velocity Capital, Western Technology Investments, First Ally Capital,...

Temenos and AUC Venture Lab team up to accelerate fintech innovation in Egypt. Picture: Innovation Labs

Temenos and AUC Venture Lab team up to accelerate fintech innovation in Egypt

August 13, 2018 • East Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments (0)

The Venture lab at The American University in Cairo, university-based startup accelerator in Africa and the MENA region, and Temenos, the banking software company, have announced their intention to collaborate and strengthen the fintech ecosystem in Cairo....

The President of the African Development Bank Group, Akinwumi Adesina

New technologies will change African agriculture as we know it today

August 10, 2018 • East Africa, Gadgets and Gaming, Internet of Things, North Africa, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments (0)

The President of the African Development Bank Group, Akinwumi Adesina, has made an urgent call to give farmers across the continent new technologies with the potential to transform agricultural production. Adesina said the technology transfer was needed...

Every course on African Master’s in Machine Intelligence (AMMI) will be lectured by leading experts from prestigious African and international institutions, providing the AMMI students the best possible foundation.

AIMS launches African Master’s in Machine Intelligence

August 1, 2018 • East Africa, Education, Top StoriesComments Off on AIMS launches African Master’s in Machine Intelligence

The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) has announced the launch of a one-year intensive African Master’s in Machine Intelligence (AMMI) in partnership with Facebook and Google. The master’s will begin this September at the AIMS-Rwanda...

Smart cities hold the key to a more connected and inclusive future for Africa

Smart cities hold the key to a more connected and inclusive future for Africa

July 29, 2018 • East Africa, General, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Smart cities hold the key to a more connected and inclusive future for Africa

Mastercard, technology company in the global payments industry, continues to champion the fundamental role of smart cities in enabling a more connected and inclusive future for Africa. The company reaffirmed its commitment to supporting the development of...

Honorable Matia Kasaija, Uganda’s Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development.Picture: Monitor

Uganda becomes the first African country to de-risk small and medium scale renewables

July 28, 2018 • East Africa, Mining & EnergyComments Off on Uganda becomes the first African country to de-risk small and medium scale renewables

Uganda becomes the first African country to sign an agreement with the Regional Liquidity Support Facility (RLSF), a joint initiative of the African Trade Insurance Agency , a Pan-African and multilateral guarantor and KfW with funding from German Ministry of...

early interventions reduced the impacts of 2017 drought in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia. Picture: Crisis Group

Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia: Acting early to prevent humanitarian emergencies

July 27, 2018 • East Africa, HealthcareComments Off on Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia: Acting early to prevent humanitarian emergencies

Intervening early in countries predicted to be hit by natural disasters can prevent threats from becoming humanitarian emergencies, or can mitigate their impacts, according to a new report released by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today. For...

Liquid Telecom appoints Stephane Duproz to head Africa Data Centres

Liquid Telecom appoints Stephane Duproz to head Africa Data Centres

July 24, 2018 • East Africa, People, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Liquid Telecom appoints Stephane Duproz to head Africa Data Centres

Data centre operator Africa Data Centres (ADC) has named Stephane Duproz as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective immediately. Part of the Liquid Telecom Group, ADC was launched in 2018 to address the growing demand for cloud storage and data...

Artificial intelligence (AI) could revolutionise healthcare supply chains in Africa, according to supply chain specialist Deborah Dull, representing the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Artificial Intelligence is solving African healthcare challenges

July 21, 2018 • East Africa, Healthcare, Top StoriesComments Off on Artificial Intelligence is solving African healthcare challenges

Speaking at the recent SAPICS Conference in Cape Town, Dull revealed how AI in the form of IBM Watson is being used to aid decision making in public health supply chains in developing countries and improve patients’ access to life-saving medicines. She...

Telkom Kenya to deploy Google’s 4G/LTE internet balloons in Kenya

Telkom Kenya opens African skies to Loon

July 20, 2018 • East Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Telkom Kenya opens African skies to Loon

Kenya’s third mobile phone in terms of market share Telkom Kenya and Google affiliate Loon, a subsidiary of Alphabet, have announced the signing of a definitive agreement to pilot an innovative new 4G/LTE access network service in Kenya. The pilot project...

The technologies available in today's world are fundamentally different and part of a new wave of innovation that some have called “Food System 5.0” or the “third green revolution”.

Now might be the time to invest in African agritech

July 18, 2018 • East Africa, North Africa, Opinion, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments Off on Now might be the time to invest in African agritech

The World Bank report, Agriculture in Africa– Telling Facts from Myths 2017 recently noted that economic growth and urbanisation, higher food prices, and change in demographics and climate were all affecting the agricultural environment in Africa and...

Oracle first previewed its Blockchain Cloud Service at OpenWorld in October

Oracle rolls out Blockchain Cloud service

July 17, 2018 • Cloud Computing, East Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Oracle rolls out Blockchain Cloud service

Businesses around the world have been deploying an early adopter version of Oracle Blockchain Cloud Service, which becomes generally available today. Blockchain has the power to fundamentally transform how every industry does business by making interactions...