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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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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...

Nigeria: Paylater reaches 1 million downloads

What investors are looking for in Africa’s fintech sector

June 18, 2018 • East Africa, Finance, North Africa, 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 • Digital Transformation, 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....

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...

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Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa extends to 12 more African countries

June 11, 2018 • East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa extends to 12 more African countries

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,...

2019 cybercrime and financial trends

A new malware is making its mark in Africa

June 8, 2018 • East Africa, North Africa, 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...

FAO and Rabobank renew partnership to help smallholders participate in agribusiness boom

Cooperatives can support inclusive growth in Africa

June 4, 2018 • East Africa, Finance, North Africa, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments Off on Cooperatives can support inclusive growth in Africa

Africa boasts huge potential for social and economic development, with agribusiness poised to play a major role. Without policies and partnerships that enable smallholder farmers – including subsistence farmers and pastoralists – to participate in...

The new standard for cross-border payments dramatically improves the customer experience in cross-border payments by increasing their speed, transparency and end-to-end tracking

African banks to become more competitive with SWIFT gpi

May 31, 2018 • East Africa, Finance, North Africa, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments Off on African banks to become more competitive with SWIFT gpi

5 African banks have signed up to SWIFT’s global payments innovation (gpi) service, the new standard for cross-border payments. Of these, four are already live – Standard Bank of South Africa, FirstRand Bank, ABSA Bank and Nedbank – and many others...

Kora uses blockchain platform to empower social change in rural Africa

May 30, 2018 • East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Kora uses blockchain platform to empower social change in rural Africa

Kora, the blockchain platform that unlocks growth in emerging markets, introduces its blockchain infrastructure for a more inclusive financial system and announces their upcoming sale, which went public on May 11, 2o18. Kora aims to engage with existing...

More than 125 countries were represented at Viva Technology 2018.

WATCH: Viva Technology 2018 Highlights

May 29, 2018 • East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on WATCH: Viva Technology 2018 Highlights

Taking its position as the ‘global engagement for startups and leaders’, more than 125 countries were represented at Viva Technology 2018. The French tech conference saw over 100,000 attendees interact with content from over 300 speakers, and over 1800...

Oulie Keita, ONE campaign regional representative for Francophone Africa.

“Africa Has Been Blessed But Investing In Youth Needs To Be A Priority” – Oulie Keita

May 29, 2018 • East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Startups, West AfricaComments Off on “Africa Has Been Blessed But Investing In Youth Needs To Be A Priority” – Oulie Keita

Africa has been blessed, not only with natural resources but also an abundance of youth, yet we fail to adequately invest in them. At least 60% of Africa’s young people are under the age of 30 but unemployment continues to rear its ugly head leaving...

Online mentoring consultancy helping African students get a dream college offer

Online mentoring consultancy helping African students get a dream college offer

May 26, 2018 • East Africa, Education, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Online mentoring consultancy helping African students get a dream college offer

Crimson Education an online mentoring consultancy that helps build high school students’ candidacy to apply for overseas universities has opened offices in South Africa. Crimson was started by two high-scholars Jamie Beaton and South Africa-born Sharndre...