Digital Currencies and Financial Inclusion: Revisited
Meet three Kenyans who talk about the potential for Bitcoin to increase access to finance in sub-Saharan Africa. They discuss the different ways in which they have used BitPesa, a Nairobi-based international money transfer company, to send and receive money in Kenya.
CGAP CGAP (the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) is a global partnership of 34 leading organizations that seek to advance financial inclusion. CGAP develops innovative solutions through practical research and active engagement with financial service providers, policy makers, and funders to enable approaches at scale.
Driving Development Through Digital Finance.
When CGAP published its Brief on Bitcoin versus Electronic Money in January of this year, we concluded: The current realities of Bitcoin mean it is still a long way off from reaching the unbanked. It seemed that digital currencies such as Bitcoin were primarily the domain of consumers in developed countries who were tech-savvy and enjoyed playing around with the latest hot item. Yet demonstrating just how quickly things move in this space, just a few months later a start-up called BitPesa launched a service using Bitcoin to provide cheap and fast remittance services to Kenya. CGAP decided to provide support to BitPesa for market research of potential customers, so that CGAP could understand what potential digital currencies have for financial inclusion as well as to understand the practical and regulatory barriers facing a start-up wanting to link Bitcoin with the formal banking and mobile money infrastructure in an emerging market.
Innovation will play an important role in Africa's development. Whether it is in growing the economy, strengthening healthcare systems or improving education. GE's goal is to foster innovation across the continent, and to put its technology into the hands of Africans everywhere.
Heres an idea for a smarter business suit, if your business is fighting Ebola or some other deadly infectious disease.The suit was designed by a team from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., that included students, engineers, medical and public health specialists, an architect, and even fashion and costume designers. Doctors, nurses and other medical workers can shed it in a few simple steps and better protect themselves from infected blood, vomit, diarrhea and other bodily fluids that may carry the Ebola virus.
Growth potential in Africa, while promising, is hampered by a fundamental lack of transport, energy and water infrastructure. This costs an estimated 2% in GDP growth every year equivalent to almost a third of annual growth. But with multiple infrastructure projects underway in the region, often through public-private partnerships, there is real hope that this will change.
GEs new supply hub for West Africa, located in Nigerias Cross River State, is set to transform the capital, Calabar, into an economic hub for the region.Nigerian vice president Namadi Sambo attended the ground breaking ceremony in June.Valued at over $250 million, the completed facility will support GEs products in energy, oil and gas, and assembly of locomotive heads. The hub is expected to directly generate thousands of jobs, while supporting the downstream industry.
2014 was in many respects a pivotal year for GE, in which the company delivered on plans to bulk up its industrial core and grow its services by connecting machines to the Industrial Internet. By 2016, GE plans to reap 75 percent of earnings from industrial businesses, with the rest coming from GE Capital, its financial arm. Here are the years milestones.
With the Africa Cup of Nations now underway, all eyes are on the host nation. While much of the enthusiasm in the region is centred around football, residents on Annobon Province, an island off the coast of Equatorial Guinea, are excited about something else. Imagining life on an island conjures up images of white-sand beaches, the warm ocean and the whir of an overhead fan gently stirring the breeze.
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is sometimes known for the challenges it has faced over the past decade brought about by war and political instability. While the wounds of war are still fresh, the country is making progress in moving forward and stabilising the foundations of the economy, with 8.5 per cent growth forecasted for 2014. This growth is due to improvements in a variety of sectors, including mining, trade, construction and agriculture.
- Photo: GE Sub-Saharan Africa Reports
- Photo: GE Sub-Saharan Africa Reports
- Photo: GE Sub-Saharan Africa Reports
In 2009, GE signed its first ambitious company-to-country (C2C) agreement with Nigeria as a clear sign of its commitment to the African powerhouse. Fast-forward five years, buoyed by the success of the first C2C agreement, a renewed C2C is in place. The C2C serves as GEs holistic commitment to Nigerias future. The commitment is not only about foreign direct investment, but also about job creation and ensuring that Nigerian growth is sustainable and local talent is supporting the booming economy.
There is excitement in the air at the MAPESS Vocational Training Center in Soyo, Angola as students eagerly await the arrival of new equipment and practical materials for their electricity and welding courses. The 11 computers and three printers will enable them to gain the knowledge and practical skills to find work in the LNG industry once their course completes.
Its a thirsty world out there. But with much of the globes drinking supply unimproved by treatment systems that can remove animal waste, bacteria, viruses, and chemicals, a clean sip of water is too often a luxury. DrinkPure is here to solve the problem. Read more >>
In an effort to fight corruption in the procurement sector, the ministry of Finance has launched a five-year online (e-procurement) strategy 2014-2019.The strategy aims to promote accountability and transparency especially in all public procurement departments. The World Bank has funded the implementation of the strategy to a tune of $5.8m (Shs 15.6bn).more
More than 50 percent of the world's population are living in urban areas for the first time in history. Their growth results in issues and opportunities as they march towards urbanization, this creates new challenges, from modernizing aging infrastructure in older cities to meeting the demands for natural resources, from leveraging massive amounts of data from devices to improving the health and safety of their citizens.more
PISI Limited has launched E-Alert App, a free emergency security service. The application will help tackle the problem of insecurity in Nigeria, developing countries and the rest of the world.
Shack fires break out each day in South Africa, but thanks to a new device which detects uncontrolled fires in shacks, these devastating events could be prevented in future.
As a way of closing the energy gap in the country, the Ugandan government has turned its attention to toilets as a main source of cooking energy.
Rwanda joined a few other countries to enjoy Fourth Generation Long-Term Evolution (4G LTE) Internet services after it was launched in Kigali. The 4G LTE will replace the previously used 3G Internet giving faster speed.
Ethiopian Airlines has turned a Boeing 737 aircraft into a hotel and restaurant business. Weddings, birthdays, and meetings can all be held in the new restaurant.
Mbugua is a Kenyan student who, together with a Nigerian colleague Christian Emiyah, presented a project on using visible light for the dual purposes of illumination and communication at the White House.
The BBC World Service has launched a new 'lifeline' Ebola service for people in West Africa on instant messenger app Whatsapp, the most popular chat app in Africa. The new service is in both English and French and will comprise public health information on Ebola from the BBC, using audio, text message posts and images. It will also include breaking news alerts related to Ebola.
International Data Group's Chief Security Officer (CSO) magazine recently announced the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a winner of the prestigious CSO50 Award for 2015, given to the top 50 information security organizations worldwide. The CSO50 award recognizes organizations for information security initiatives that demonstrate outstanding business value and thought leadership. This award for UNDP follows an Information Security CS040 Award in 2014, a Computerworld Premier 2014 100 ICT Leader Award for Shirin Hamid, UNDP's Chief Technology Officer, and an Information Security Computer World Good Award in 2013.
With crime rates accelerating in Nairobi, prison does not seem to effectively rehabilitate young people for improved lives after prison. Nafisika Trust aims to change that. Volunteers work with inmates, helping them build life skills for after prison. These volunteers expand their own capacity for empathy. Everyone involved gains hands on experience that helps them grow their changemaking skills: empathy, leadership, teamwork and changemaking.
AS a measure targeted at improving the growth of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in Nigeria, the National Information and Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has informed of plans by the country to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with countries including Israel, India, China and the United Arab Emirates.
An online tool developed by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), launched earlier this year, allows policymakers to identify which technologies or practices (out of 10 that were modelled) will do most to improve yields in their region, taking predicted climate change conditions into account.
The permanent secretary at the Ministry of Energy, Momodou Njie on Tuesday presided over the opening ceremony of a two-week training on 'energy reforms' and training of technicians on solar PV systems at the Regional Education Office in Kanifing.
ABSA, the local bank, has extended its free Wi-Fi service to its Maponya Mall branch in Soweto. The development according to the firm makes bank the first financial institution at one of Gauteng's major township shopping centres to offer up to 100Mb of free Wi-Fi per day to all shoppers.
The Conex Crude Storage Terminal (CST) project in collaboration with the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company ("LPRC") is expected to be completed in December this year. The goal is to use the alternative Heavy Fuel Oil for electricity rather than more expensive resources. It is expected to enable the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) reduce the cost of electricity as a public utility by at approximately 50%. more >>
A free multilingual database has been launched by UN agency the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to help people working in different disciplines search and understand patents in their local language. The WIPO Pearl database currently includes around 91,000 terms and 15,000 concepts in ten languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. more >>
The Kenyan government is developing Konza city as a 5,000-acre public-private partnership and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) hub, raising hopes that the project might provide job opportunities for youth in the country. Konza is a flagship initiative of Kenya's Vision 2030, a national development blueprint. Plans call for Konza to be constructed in four five-year phases. more >>
Frontier 100 Forum to Examine Innovative Investing in Africa
The Frontier 100 Forum will be convened by the Initiative for Global Development in New York City from October 21-22, 2014. The two-day invitation-only event focuses on Africa: Innovative Investing in Emerging Markets. Participants include corporate leaders from around the world to discuss opportunities and address challenges to investment in Africa. more >>
In a country with a precarious history of food insecurity, one award-winning research institution is driving change in Senegal by focusing on training farmers and helping them to diversify their products. The Institute of Food Technology (ITA) is training women on quality standards and technology for food processing.
Liberian inventor, Lewis K. Tealeh, has developed an electronically powered Ebola hand-washing bucket. This enhancement makes the bucket hands-free so users do not need to touch the faucet to turn it on and off. Instead, it is electronically powered by a battery that is activated by the hand washer's foot.
The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) will conduct a full scale nuclear emergency preparedness exercise at Koeberg nuclear power plant next week. During the exercise, the NNR will evaluate and assess the integration and response arrangements of the various role players to a simulated emergency scenario.
The ministry of supplies and internal trade has concluded its technical research for a project to produce bio-diesel from cooking oil. The minister announced that the project will be enacted "soon" and that the project would provide job opportunities for the youth and produce around a million litres of diesel annually.
In response to the growing Ebola crisis in West Africa, scientists in the United Kingdom and United States last week launched human trials of an Ebola vaccine candidate, and the plan is to carry out trials in Mali too within the next few weeks.
SciDev.Net spoke to Adrian Hill, director of the Jenner Institute at the University of Oxford and lead researcher for the UK-based trials.
The Gambia Technical Training Institute (GTTI) has launched a hands free washing device manufactured by the Institute as part of its contribution to the fight against Ebola in the country.
Gishari Integrated Polytechnic Regional School (IPRC) has started an SMS-controlled Wireless Irrigation System programme aimed at improving irrigation in the country. The wireless sensor network controls water flow for sectored, sprinkler or drip section irrigation.
Tunji Eleso, Director of Pre-Incubation, CCHub in Lagos talks about: the number of people it is supporting at pre-incubation and incubation stage; examples of interesting start-ups at incubation stage; the key challenges faced by start-ups; and how it uses mentors to overcome some of these challenges.
UNICEF has released a real-time data on an open platform called RapidPro that uses mobile technologies to allow real-time information exchanges and data collection. It can be downloaded by governments and the international development community, allowing for customization. Things like who is being born where, what schools are understaffed, and what health centers are running out of critical supplies can all be accessed through the platform.
Health experts often call it the "hidden hunger." Malnutrition, a dietary lack of vitamins and minerals, afflicts nearly two billion people worldwide. It can lead to serious diseases, but there might be a way out. (file photo)
Tanzania's largest commercial city - one of the fastest-growing in Africa - has redrawn its master plan to try to become a megacity prepared for climate change, and not a city of worsening urban sprawl and flooding. The plan, which looks ahead to 2036, aims to transform the city of over 4.5 million people and proposes creation of a Metropolitan Development Authority to oversee planning and major infrastructure development, including transportation and utilities.
A young female social entrepreneur has vowed to bring change to the world - one bamboo bike at a time. The 19-year-old employs about 30 girls to produce bikes in Ghana and has received numerous awards for her work.
Improved cookstove designs reduce the use of firewood in rural communities, countering deforestation, soil erosion and food insecurity. They also ensure cleaner combustion than in traditional open-fire cooking, reducing harmful indoor pollution.
Researchers in India say they have developed a prototype of an energy-harvesting device from the cocoons of a domesticated species of silk moth. This could aid efforts to bring power to other parts of the world including Africa.
Researchers say origami could be useful one day in deploying space solar power.
The idea was to build a city from scratch: an information and communication technology [ICT] ecosystem an African version of Silicon Valley. What happened?
South Africa's Transnet Freight Rail moves every pound of coal and iron ore exported by the country, and close to a fifth of the nation's freight. That makes the railroad a key player in South Africa's economic revival.
Since being introduced in 2013, the Jikokoa cookstove developed by BURN Manufacturing has literally been setting the market alight with its revolutionary design that not only reduces wood and fuel costs by half, but also cuts smoke emissions by up to 60%.
A self-made inventor from northern Namibia has invented a satellite dish booster from scrap material to boost internet connectivity through radio signals for people in rural areas or in areas that have weak network signal.
Burials in Ghana are socially very important and tend to be large and expensive affairs, often putting a strain on household budgetsparticularly among the poor. The insurance market has however been slow to develop and very few products exist to help mitigate these costs. In this gap, Tigo saw an opportunity to deepen customer loyalty by offering an insurance product as a value added service.
Moselyn Muchena, a final year computer science student at the University of Zimbabwe created a mobile application offering easy access to services in the local catering industry, largely because of the huge number of female entrepreneurs in that sector.
A Nigerian postgraduate student of Creative Technology at Middlesex University, United Kingdom, has emerged first place winner in the British Council's Enterprise Challenge competition.
Female Condoms, Cows that Smell Like Humans, and Touch-Screen Patient Feedback Tools Among New Gates-Funded Projects
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced funding for 55 projects from 12 countries through its Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) initiative. GCE is a phased grant program that funds innovative ideas to tackle key global health and development problems, and provides additional resources for projects that demonstrate promise.
The government of Rwanda has acknowledged the need to incorporate indigenous knowledge into economic advancement strategies, and has done so through several programmes. One is Girinka - a success story and a model for other African governments and global organisations seeking ideas that will effectively address poverty at the grassroots level.
A vast majority of Nigeria's scientists are sceptical about using genetically modified mosquitoes to tackle malaria in the country, a new study suggests.
Africa is a prime location for this type of innovation and African entrepreneurs are taking advantage of the opportunity.
Sub-Saharan Africa is home to six of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world, and a majority of Africans will belong to the middle class within a generation. There is enormous potential for development to accelerate rapidly.
Situated at an intersection on Triumphal Boulevard, near the Democratic Republic of Congo's parliament in the capital, Kinshasa, the 2.5-metre traffic signal looks like an actual robot -- with arms, legs, a chest and a head. The breastplate pivots as the lights on it change from green to red. Then, it raises its arm to stop the traffic on one road, allowing vehicles from another to pass. The talking robot -- it speaks both French and the local Lingala language -- instructs: "Drivers, you can leave the road to pedestrians."
In this podcast, we talk to Chris Albon, director of the global crisis data arm of Ushahidi, an open-source data mapping organisation that originated in Nairobi, Kenya.
In Tanzania, proof of age is essential to safeguard children from abuse, such as child labour and early marriage, and to protect their rights. Yet 90 per cent of children under-five years old do not have a birth certificate. VSO volunteer Christopher Braeuel is project managing Tanzania's first mass birth registration campaign which uses mobile-phone technology to simplify the registration process.
In a trend reversal, African technology has migrated to Europe with the launch in Romania of Kenya's popular M-Pesa mobile money transfer system.
South Africa: From Dropouts to Innovators: How RLabs Invests in Young "Problem Experts" to Beat Crime & Unemployment
Marlon is now the founder of Reconstructed Living Labs (RLabs), a social innovation-driven movement where dropouts, ex-convicts, gangsters, the homeless, former drug addicts and single mothers (a majority of whom are youth) are positioned to drive lasting social change.
RLabs, founded by Marlon Parker, is an innovation movement that transforms youth in troubled communities, gangsters, dropouts and ex-convicts, into changemakers. "Thank you for believing in me" is a story of hope featuring two of RLabs' team members Angelo King and Suzanne Smith.
Tanzania: Reducing the Skills Gap in Tanzania to Ensure Local Populations Benefit from Future Investments in the Country
VSO has set up an innovative project with the Governments Vocational Education Training Authority (VETA) and BG Group, a major gas company. The project aims at raising Tanzanian standards for craftsmanship skills in line with internationally recognized levels in different areas that are relevant to the gas industry
Refugee enterprise in Uganda holds valuable lessons for global migration policy, says researcher Alexander Betts.
The humanitarian sector must lift barriers to user-led innovation by refugee communities if it is to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world, says a report presented at the Humanitarian Innovation Conference at the University of Oxford.
the U.S. non-profit, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), believes a mobile app it's developing could help overcome obstacles of prosecuting sexual violence by taking information from the exam room to the court room.
A conservationist from Rwanda and an engineer from Cameroon have been recognised by the Rolex Award for Enterprise. More
Zanzibar is a top holiday destination scattered with luxury hotels, but most of the communities living there are poor. VSO is working with local communities to ensure that they too can reap the rewards of tourism. Training in business skills has helped one rural women's group take action and benefit from the islands tourism industry, by selling fattened crabs to top hotels.
To position Africa as a technology destination that would attract global attention, leaders across the continents were recently advised to invest in human development to drive innovation.
Rising from a digital Africa conference last week, technology professionals who form bulk of the participants at the event advocated for structured global partnerships, favourable regulatory environment, constant engagement with policymakers and increased investment in technology training if Africa's economic growth prospects must be met.
Civil society in Malawi has formed the Civil Society Network on Climate Change, with a goal of building communities resilience to the impacts of climate change.
Urban planning experts are anxious that what they call fantasy designs for new African smart cities will serve the interests of African elites and foreign finance and construction companies rather than those of ordinary city dwellers across the continent.
Men work in an urban garden in Cape Town, South Africa: Developing viable, livable and resilient cities is increasingly seen as being of critical importance to giving opportunities to Africans to improve their lives.
African nations fighting outbreaks of Ebola hemorrhagic fever are getting help from U.S. disease detectives and a new software tool to quickly find people exposed to the deadly virus. Read more»
Today, the DA Youth are officially launching DemocraCITY. DemocraCITY is a Mxit-specific strategy game. DemocraCITY is essentially a hybrid between SimCity and Tamagotchi. Read more»
Firms in Kenya are using secrecy instead of patents to protect their valuable ideas and innovations, according to preliminary results from a World Bank study, and this is hampering collaboration and creativity in the country. Read more»
With strong partnerships from both public and private sectors as well as collaboration from all sectors of the Nigerian society, the General Manager, Microsoft Nigeria, Kabelo Makwane, at the weekend said that technology innovation was essential requisites for the country to realize vision 20:2020. Read more»
As the country strives to reduce the cost of health care while maintaining quality and safety of services, efforts are underway to have guidelines that promote health workers to be innovative. Read more»
The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation aims to stimulate, celebrate and reward innovation and entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa. Read more»
Around the world, female entrepreneurs are empowering other women to generate sustainable income while addressing the worlds most pressing challenges. The Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative does it one high-quality bicycle at a time. Read more»
A patch that disrupts a mosquito's sensory ability, thus making people "invisible" may soon undergo field trials in Uganda. The Kite Patch is a small sticker for clothes that works by disrupting mosquitoes' ability to sense exhaled carbon dioxide (CO2) and human odour. Read more»
Persian Gulf governments could use Google's free global satellite imaging program to better monitor and control fishing in their waters. Read more»
When it came to keeping lions at bay, an old-fashioned scarecrow just wasn't up to the job. So a 13-year-old Maasai cattle herder combined basic technology with teenage ingenuity to find another way, writes The Guardian. Read more»
Microsoft under the 4Afrika initiative will offer financial support to five African start-ups in an effort to empower the next generation of developers and entrepreneurs in the continent. Read more»
Science and technology could drive the continent's future development, but creating the right environments and keeping Africa's youngest and brightest will be key. Read more»
Scientists in a United Nations-backed collaborative have cracked the genetic code of the bloodsucking tsetse fly in a breakthrough that brings new hope to the fight against one of the most devastating livestock diseases spread by the insect. Read more»
The growth of iHub represents how information and communication technology (ICT) in Kenya has advanced over the past 15 years. Read more»
Eneza Education has been declared this year's winners of the 2014 ICT Innovation awards at the Connected Kenya summit. Read more»
Bankole Cardoso on His Lagos Taxi App, "Easy Taxi"
Although Ashton is struggling from the same challenges facing everyone else in business in Zimbabwe, his case is different from the thousands of other small to medium scale farmers. In terms of revenue generation, his farm makes more sales in two months than what most rural and resettled new farmers make in a whole year. Read more»
Two Kenyans - Daniel Gitau Thairu of Domestic Waste Biogas System and Joshua Okello of WinSenga - have emerged among 10 finalists in the 2014 edition of the Innovation Prize for Africa organized by the African Innovation Foundation (AIF). Read more»
The Lagos State Ministry of Science and Technology in conjunction with PRI Project Development has put together a two-day innovation workshop for members of the private and public sectors in order to fast-track the government's long-term goals of setting up an innovation agency. The agency will create an ecosystem and infrastructure aimed at turning the state into a West African Innovative Hub. Read more»
Creation of a high-tech city outside Nairobi, which stalled in recent months, could be a 'game changer' that positions Kenya as the Africa's preferred ICT destination. Pressure to move the Konza project forward is coming from both the private sector and politicians representing the area. Read more»
Kenya's mobile network operator Safaricom has been rated number 9 in innovation globally by Fast Company magazine due to its role in bridging the healthcare gap with telecoms services. Read more»
A small army of landmine-detecting rats is to be redeployed in Mozambique in a push to meet a deadline to have the country declared free of mines this year. Read more»
The Electronic pay slip (e-pay slips) system introduced by the Controller and Accountant Generals' Department for public sector workers on the mechanised payroll has received a lot of patronage from the public. Read more»
Small-scale technology has once again proved its worth for women. Two female 'solar engineers' have been boosting the development of their community by installing solar panels in a Cameroon village far from the national electricity grid. Read more»
The phrases "impact sourcing" and "business process outsourcing"- or BPO - are just jargon to most people. But they describe a model of doing business that advocates say could provide 780,000 new jobs in the next two years - many to Africa's "youth bulge" of unemployed young people - by providing training, on-the-job experience and career opportunities. AllAfrica examines the potential of digital jobs. Read more»
Interview: 'Maker Faire' Co-Founder on Bolstering Innovation in Africa
When David Otieno graduated from the Kenya Institute of Management five years ago he joined the estimated 50,000 other new graduates searching for employment. But luck was never on his side - so he made his own. Otieno is one of a growing number of youths in Kenya and other African countries who are using business process outsourcing as a means of employment. Read more»
A new report on the effects of climate change on Kenyan farmers by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IPFRI) coincides with the landmark National Adaptation Planning (NAP) conference this week in Naivasha, where policymakers are meeting for the first time to specifically address agriculture and climate change adaptation policies.
Large-scale plantations in coastal deserts could provide an affordable alternative to carbon capture technology as well as reduce desert temperatures, increase rainfall, and revitalise soil, a study shows. Planting trees in coastal deserts could capture carbon dioxide, reduce harsh desert temperatures, boost rainfall, revitalise soils and produce cheap biofuels. Read more»
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Top Headlines Food and Agriculture
- Africa: Agribusiness Begins to Boom in Africa(Deutsche Welle)
- Africa: Will Africa Feed Itself Within the Next 15 Years?(WEF)
- West Africa: Ebola Worsens Food Crisis in West Africa(SciDev.Net)
- Malawi: WFP Scales Up Malawi Flood Assistance in Face of Funding Challenges(WFP)
- Kenya: Lethal Beauty - New 'Flower' Kills Goats in Rift Forests(The Star)
As fisheries ministers from around the globe meet in Brussels to discuss the future of fishing agreements between EU and foreign countries, Greenpeace Africa had called for a fairer and sustainable fishing partnership that protects the livelihoods of West African fishing communities.
Almost one quarter of all the fish taken by the European fishing fleet is caught outside EU waters, especially in the once rich West African waters. This number is set to increase as European fish stocks decline because of overfishing.
Antoinette Sayeh, the head of the International Monetary Fund's Africa Department, says the IMF is fairly optimistic about growth rates for sub-Saharan Africa, building on the five percent that was achieved in 2010. Officials believe there will be five and a half percent growth for the region as a whole. But Sayeh says growth must be sustained.
A recent report recommending ways to boost Africas standard of living has been released at the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries. Integrated regional investments could lead to an accumulated 10 percent increase in the continents standard of living between 2012 and 2020, said the report from the UN Development Programme.
Once known as 'poor man's food', cassava may now be among the best hopes for reducing poverty in Ghana. This short video looks at the starchy tuber's rise in popularity and the impact it's having on poor farmers.
- Africa: Will Africa Feed Itself Within the Next 15 Years?(WEF)
- Africa: 'Responsible Innovation' Is Already Too European(SciDev.Net)
- South Africa: Official Opening of the Rosa Parks Library Innovation Studio(U.S. Embassy Pretoria)
- Africa: Let's Think Beyond Light-Based Technologies(SciDev.Net)
- Africa: CAF Medical Innovation in Afcon 2015(CAF)
- Tanzania: Ubongo Broadcasts Edutainment to 7-12 Year Olds Using an Interactive Multimedia Strategy With TV, Mobile and Internet(Digital Content Africa)
- Africa: Dream of Remote Internet Connections Still Up in the Air(SciDev.Net)
- Ghana: Airtel Ghana Partners Cignifi, WSBI(Ghanaian Chronicle)
- South Africa: Mobile Statements Could Replace Snail Mail(Biz-Community)
- West Africa: #senstopebola Wins #hackagainstebola(OSIWA)
- Liberia: Liberian Scientist Invents Diagnostic Test(NEWS)
- Angola: Angola - Technological Centre to Create Magazine for Technologies Users(ANGOP)
- Africa: UN Chief Celebrates Role of Light in Boosting Sustainable Growth(UN News)
- Liberia: Scientist Invents Rapid Test Capable of Detecting Viruses(FrontPageAfrica)
- West Africa: Innovation Is Transforming the Fight Against Ebola(State Department)
- Algeria: Algerian Researcher Designs Software That Locates Missing Aircrafts(Algerie Presse Service)
- Seychelles: Guide Books Move Into the Future - Now Available On the APP Store(Seychelles News Agency)
- Senegal: When Digital Meets Traditional Banking: A New Concept in Senegal(CGAP)
- Cote d'Ivoire: Digital Finance in Cote d'Ivoire: Ready, Set, Go!(CGAP)
- West Africa: Is Digital Finance Hitting its Stride in WAEMU?(CGAP)
- Kenya: Digital Currencies and Financial Inclusion: 5 Questions(CGAP)
- Kenya: Digital Currencies and Financial Inclusion: Revisited(CGAP)
- Zambia: Winners From Zambia to Receive Young Leadership Award From Her Majesty the Queen(PR Newswire)
- South Africa: Seven Gauteng Schools Switched On(SA Info)
- Africa: Divseek Project Aims to Uncover Crops' Hidden Genetic Data(SciDev.Net)
- Nigeria: New Innovation Hub to Create 50,000 Direct Jobs(This Day)
- Ghana: Start-Up Tackles the Online Real Estate Market(Innovation in Africa)
- Nigeria: Systemspecs Appoints Cto to Steer Company to New Heights(Independent (Lagos))
- Kenya: How Innovation and Technology Transforms Business(Capital FM)
- Malawi: Malawian Student Makes His Own TV Station(Malawi24)
- Liberia: Liberian Inventor Donates Automatic Hand-Washing Ebola Bucket to Inquirer(Inquirer)
- Kenya: Slow Innovation Cools Capital Markets Deepening(The Star)
- African Development Bank and Mastercard Broaden Financial Inclusion in Africa
- AfDB Climate Change Committee Shares Outcomes of Cop20 and Looks Ahead to Paris Climate Talks
- AfDB Is Updating Its Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorist Financing Strategy - Official
- AfDB Sends Mission to Burkina Faso to Support Transition
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