In this article the economist Celso Anato is quoted as saying "that the institutionalisation of (Angola's) sovereign wealth fund is one of the most important steps toward economic policy". I googled for the fund and found this on Wikipedia: The Fundo Soberano de Angola (FSDEA) is the sovereign wealth fund of Angola. FSDEA is due to play an important … Continue reading Did You Know That A Sovereign Wealth Fund Can Be Commitment To Social Development?
In my past blog entries I have focused on different types of innovation in Africa. However, an important condition for innovation to flourish in a given country, is infrastructure. It is a well known fact that countries with good (public) transport systems, energy and sanitation systems have better economic performance and less poverty. Hence, infrastructure … Continue reading Did You Know About The Importance Of Infrastructure?
Innovation can be the result of simple chance, of a major flaw of a system (and the pain and need to come up with a solution) or of a deeper insight into either something new or into novel qualities arising from combining existing elements in a new way. The flaw of a system can be the consequence of … Continue reading Did You Know That Innovation Does Not Always Mean To Create Something Completely New?
Lately I’ve spent a quite a lot of time searching the web for social innovation happening in Africa. My increased interest in social innovation stems from an article I’ve read on the Africa Innovation Summit’s Blog. The article highlights the importance of creating innovation by the people, for the people. After all, that is what social innovation is about. As … Continue reading Did You Know About The Importance Of Social Innovation In Africa?
Yesterday when I searched the web for interesting projects happening in Africa I came across an interview with Emeka Okafor, a Venture Catalyst and Entrepreneur whose past and current projects include Maker Faire Africa, Serengeti Tea, Africa Innovation Foundation, TED Fellows and the X Prize Foundation. His insights and initiatives are said to be at the forefront of … Continue reading Did you know that Angola and Switzerland together are launching three incubator hubs?
The Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) hosted its first ever Twitter chat on Wednesday, 23 September 2015, entitled: Why Innovation Competitions are Important in Africa. The Twitter chat featured IPA Director, Pauline Mujawamariya (@PaulineM4), CEO of The Innovation Hub in South Africa, Mclean Sibanda (@mcleansibanda) and IPA 2015 prize winner, Alex Muriu (@hellomuriu). IPA calls itself "a landmark program of … Continue reading Did you know there was a Twitter Chat on innovation in Africa last month?
The wide distribution of mobile banking - payments made by mobile phones, sometimes by simple text messages – was my first impression of the amazing innovation that is happening in Africa. The continent is so different from what most outsiders think. I found this article by Agence France-Presse , 28 April 2015, which saves me from writing everything from scratch. Feel free to read … Continue reading Did You Know That Africa Is Leading the Way in Adoption of Mobile Banking?