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Top 7 African taxi-hailing apps giving Uber a run for its money

June 30, 2018 • East Africa, Lists, North Africa, Online & Social, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Top 7 African taxi-hailing apps giving Uber a run for its money

The taxi-hailing industry is gradually growing in Africa and has brought about a diverse market of competition. Tech entrepreneurs have come up with disruptive e-hailing apps in a bid to give Uber a run for its money. Although competitors may offer better quality or cheaper services, many customers may still prefer Uber or Taxify as [&hellip...

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Kenya is one of the fastest growing economies in sub-Saharan Africa. Picture: UNICEF/Marinovich

United Nations experts visit Kenya to assess human rights and business

June 29, 2018 • East AfricaComments Off on United Nations experts visit Kenya to assess human rights and business

The UN Working Group on business and human rights will undertake its first official visit to Kenya from 2 to 11 July to assess efforts to prevent, mitigate and remedy adverse human rights impacts of business operations. Kenya is one of the fastest growing...

According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 450,000 children under five years of age die each year from vaccine preventable rotavirus infections

New vaccine against rotavirus launched in Uganda

June 27, 2018 • East Africa, HealthcareComments Off on New vaccine against rotavirus launched in Uganda

The Government of Uganda has today launched a new rotavirus vaccine to protect under five-year-old children from diarrhoea. The vaccine, which will be available for free in health facilities throughout the country, is the 11th vaccine to be added into the...

The United Nations Development Programme launches a platform for young african entrepreneurs

The United Nations Development Programme launches a platform for young african entrepreneurs

June 27, 2018 • East Africa, Southern Africa, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on The United Nations Development Programme launches a platform for young african entrepreneurs

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched a Pan-African Entrepreneurship Portal-Platform, facilitated by Accenture. The YAS! (Youth for Africa and SDGs) Portal-Platform is designed for young African entrepreneurs with the intent of cultivating...

Students should be exposed to new technologies, such as 3D printing, drones and robotics.

Generation Alpha: a revolutionary approach to education necessary

June 25, 2018 • East Africa, EducationComments Off on Generation Alpha: a revolutionary approach to education necessary

The traditional approach to education must be revolutionised in order to ensure the best outcomes for the current generation of school children, who are increasingly being called Generation Alpha, and whose world differs materially from the world in which...

Study shows that intra-Africa payments clearing and trade is increasing

Study shows that intra-Africa payments clearing and trade is increasing

June 25, 2018 • East Africa, Finance, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Study shows that intra-Africa payments clearing and trade is increasing

Research conducted by SWIFT indicates that intra-Africa payments clearing and trade is on the rise. SWIFT’s “Africa Payments: Insights into African Transaction Flows” further indicates that there has been a reduction in the number of foreign...

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 Off on African countries with the fastest mobile internet speed ranked

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...

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 Off on East African countries continue to offer highest rewards for investors

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 Off on What investors are looking for in Africa’s fintech sector

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

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

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

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 Off on TIFAT books a spot on the DEMO Africa regional challenge

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 Off on Salah Goss to lead Mastercard Labs for Financial Inclusion in Kenya

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

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 Off on African Technology startups showcase Innovative Healthcare Solutions at VivaTech in France

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...