3 Tech Innovations that are Solving Youth Unemployment in Africa

Jonathan Kalan

African students graduating from university and secondary schools are often met with a daunting job outlook and the serious threat of unemployment. Entry-level jobs are scarce and many times, university-educated Africans find that their skills are incompatible with the job market. However, social innovations across Africa are solving the youth unemployment problem, proving jobs for young Africans and strengthening local economies. more >>


Ashoka is the largest network of social entrepreneurs worldwide, with nearly 3,000 Ashoka Fellows in 70 countries putting their innovative ideas into practice on a global scale. Founded by Bill Drayton in 1980, Ashoka has provided start-up financing, professional support services, and connections to a global network across the business and social sectors, and a platform for people dedicated to changing the world.

Future Forward Logo Are you building a better future for Africa by creating employment opportunities for young people? Future Forward: Youth Innovations for Employment Challenge aims to find bold new ideas —for young people and by young people— that will address the big picture issues around youth employment in Africa.

Check out www.changemakers.com/futureforward for more information and submit your solutions by November, 5th. Join the community of changemakers and contribute to the conversation on Twitter using #AfricaYouthFwd including during the G+ Hangout scheduled for 8am ET on November 4th.


From Classrooms to the Real World: African Graduates Struggle to Find Work

Ashoka is investigating the youth employment challenge that plauges much of Sub-Saharan Africa.

The rapid increase in educational attainment in the region has come at the expense of quality, which prevents young people from becoming relevant and valued contributors in a rapidly evolving marketplace, notes a report by the World Bank. more >>

IBM Introduces New Enterprise Intelligence Analytics to Fight Cybercrime

IBM

IBM has announced new high-speed analysis and criminal investigation software that is designed to uncover hidden criminal threats buried deep inside massive volumes of disparate corporate data.

Organizations across industries face endless threats from cybercrime and other criminals in pursuit of private customer information, employee records, financial data and intellectual property, costing the global economy $445 billion each year. more >>


A 24-year-old technology innovator in Nairobi has invented a tracking device that monitors and secures cars. He has also come up with what he claims is the most robust audio-visual surveillance system yet. As Lenny Ruvaga reports from the Kenyan capital, his innovations are offering alternative security solutions.


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GE Innovation

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.




Africa United

GE Sub-Saharan Africa Reports

Africa has emerged as the most promising growth region in the world, exceeding global growth rates by an average of two percentage points per year. Contributing to the continent’s growth is the vast array of industry, natural resources and services. But while surging economies in the region are on the path to prosperity, the continent is standing at a crossroads and the way forward for sustainable and prosperous regional growth now lies in the ability to improve regional integration. Read more >>


Made In Nigeria

GE Sub-Saharan Africa Reports

In the 1970s, as Nigeria was recovering from a painful civil war, strides were beginning to be made to increase industrial capacity and improve the quality of life throughout the country. It was during this time of transition that GE became invested in Nigeria’s future, spanning a number of key sectors, including aviation, power generation, oil and gas, healthcare and transportation. Read more >>



Celebrating the Role of Journalism in Sustainable Development

GE Sub-Saharan Africa Reports

Journalism excellence was celebrated in Tanzania this week at the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards 2014. The annual event brings together the most impressive journalists from across the continent to recognise their dedication to highlighting pressing issues facing Africa and to celebrate the role of journalism in Africa’s development. Read more >>


Polymer Filter Quickly Makes Water Safe To Drink

GE Sub-Saharan Africa Reports

It’s a thirsty world out there. But with much of the globe’s 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 >>


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.

Nigeria to Partner Israel, India, China Others On ICT Growth

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.


Online Tool Boosts Food Yields

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.


Training On Energy Reforms Underway

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 Extends Wi-Fi Service to Soweto

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.


Cheaper Electricity in Sight

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 >>


Multilingual Patent Database Created to Propel Innovation

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 >>


Silicon Savannah - Africa's City of Dreams

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 >>

Sowing the Seeds of Stable Agriculture

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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.


New Automatic Ebola Bucket Invented

David A. Yates/FPA

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.


Nuclear Regulator to Test Emergency Readiness

Eskom

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.


Government Announces Project to Produce Bio-Diesel From Cooking Oil

Nicolas Meulders/UNDP

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.


Fast-tracking Ebola Vaccine Human Trial

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.


Gambia Launches 'Sawer' Handsfree Ebola Washing Bay

Mr. Njai of Health Ministry

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.


Polytechnic School Adopts SMS Controlled Wireless Irrigation System

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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.


CCHub on How Start-ups Can Use Mentors to Overcome Nigeria's Challenges

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 Launches 'App Store for Good'

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.


Dietary Supplements Could Beat the World's 'Hidden Hunger' Says Report

UN Photo/Stuart Price

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 Aims to Build a Megacity That Works by 2036

Bank of Tanzania

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.


Ghana Goes Green With Bamboo Bikes

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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.


Designing Improved Cookstoves for Tanzanians

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.


Scientists Set Their Sights On Electricity From Silk Cocoons

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.


Solar Power, Origami-Style

Researchers say origami could be useful one day in deploying space solar power.


Konza, City of Dreams

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 Buys Advanced GE Locomotives


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.


Kenya: Meeting a BURNing Desire

GE

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%.


Teen Turns Scrap Into Satellite Booster

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.


Can Phones Drive Insurance Markets?


Burials in Ghana are socially very important and tend to be large and expensive affairs, often putting a strain on household budgets—particularly 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.


Girls Venture Into Technological Innovation

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.


Nigerian Wins UK Innovation Prize

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Yamamma and mentor Sir. Richard Branson

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.


Rwanda: A Model for Development Built On Indigenous Foundations

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.


Nigerian Scientists Wary of Anti-Malarial GM Mosquitoes

A vast majority of Nigeria's scientists are sceptical about using genetically modified mosquitoes to tackle malaria in the country, a new study suggests.


Rwanda: An Era of Disruptive Innovation

Africa is a prime location for this type of innovation and African entrepreneurs are taking advantage of the opportunity.


How African entrepreneurs are bringing power to the people

WEF

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.


DR Congo's Red Light to Invention

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."

How Open-Source Tools Can Help Map Crisis Data

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.


Protecting Tanzania's Invisible Children - Birth Registrations by Mobile Phone

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.


Africa's M-Pesa Mobile Payment Method Debuts in Romania

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 Government’s 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


Rethinking Approaches to Refugee Assistance

Refugee enterprise in Uganda holds valuable lessons for global migration policy, says researcher Alexander Betts.


Call to Bring Refugee Innovation into Humanitarian Work

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.


Can a Mobile App Help End Wartime Rape?

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.


InFocus: African Innovators Win International Award

A conservationist from Rwanda and an engineer from Cameroon have been recognised by the Rolex Award for Enterprise. More


Crab Fattening - Reaping the Rewards of Tourism in Zanzibar, Tanzania

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.


Towards Making Africa an Innovation Hub

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.


Africa's Growth Depends On Tech Entrepreneurship, Innovation Levels

GE

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.


Malawi - Innovation Key to Combatting Climate Change

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 Planners Skeptical of 'Smart Cities'

Eko Atlantic

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.


Africa Focuses on Building Resilient Cities

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.


New Software Tool Helps Track Exposures in Ebola Outbreak

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»


South African Political Party Launches Mobile-Based Governance Game

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»



Secrecy Among Kenyan Firms May Be Impeding Innovation

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»


Technology Innovation Key to Realize Nigeria's Vision 20 - 2020, Microsoft

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»


Tanzania: Cost Effective Health Care Innovations to Improve Sector

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

The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation aims to stimulate, celebrate and reward innovation and entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa. Read more»


Photoessay: African Innovation to Improve Miners' Safety



Video: Ghana's Bamboo Bikes Initiative


Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative: Empowering Women & Building Resilience

Around the world, female entrepreneurs are empowering other women to generate sustainable income while addressing the world’s most pressing challenges. The Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative does it one high-quality bicycle at a time. Read more»


Mosquito Patch May Be Tested in Uganda

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»


Google Earth Enables Remote Tracking of Fish Catches

Persian Gulf governments could use Google's free global satellite imaging program to better monitor and control fishing in their waters. Read more»


Kenya: Invention Makes Peace With Lions

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 to Support Five Startups Under Innovation Grant Program

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»



Training Africa's Future Innovators

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»


Innovative ICT Companies Rewarded in Lagos

GLOBACOM emerged the biggest winner at the just-ended Beacon of ICT Awards. At the event held at the t Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island in Lagos, Globacom has been voted the best telecommunications company in the country, winning three awards. Read more»


Tsetse Fly Breakthrough Brings New Hope

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»


Fibre Optics May Leapfrog Africa into Future

The growth of iHub represents how information and communication technology (ICT) in Kenya has advanced over the past 15 years. Read more»


Kenya: Eneza Education Wins This Year's ICT Innovation Awards

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"


Zimbabwe: Innovation Boosts Agricultural Productivity

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 Finalists in the 2014 Edition of Innovation Prize for Africa

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»


Lagos State Partners PRI to Create Innovation Hub

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»


Calls to Speed Work on Kenya's Planned Silicon Savannah

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 Safaricom Beats Google, Facebook in Innovation

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»


Giant Rats Race to Eliminate Landmines From Mozambique

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»


Ghana: E-Payslip Innovation Successful

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»


Focus On Gender - Think Small to Light Up Rural Africa

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»

Uganda: The Traffic APP to Tackle Corruption

A new app lets users submit and receive real-time traffic reports on road repairs, accidents and traffic jams on almost any Kampala road featured on Google maps via the internet. Read more»

Digital Jobs Impacting Africa's Economies

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


Youths See Opportunity in Digital Outsourcing

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»

Samasource is a social business that connects women and youths living in poverty to data- and content-processing work from U.S. clients. This work provides a living wage and helps workers gain skills and inject capital into their communities. Samasource believes that expanding access to formal work is the only way to incorporate billions of marginalized people into the global economy and alleviate poverty at scale.

100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge

To enable 100 cities to better address the increasing shocks and stresses of the 21st century, The Rockefeller Foundation has launched the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge. Read more»


Rockefeller Foundation Challenges Cities to Prosper

Half of the world's people live in cities. By 2050, that number is expected to grow to 75 percent - but few African cities are positioned to rise to the coming challenges. Read more»


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President Goodluck Jonathan, centre, juggling the Suckett Football to electricity

'Govts Should Benefit From Funding Innovation'

While governments have been key supporters of private-sector innovation, the profits do not trickle back into public budgets, a policy expert says. National innovation-led growth has depended on the state's involvement in shaping markets and making initial high-risk investments in new technologies ahead of the private sector. 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.


Desert Plantations Could Capture Carbon

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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