Across Africa, educational infrastructure cannot meet the current or future needs of the general population. While higher education participation rates in many high-income countries are well over 50%, in sub-Saharan Africa they are in most cases below 5%. As debates and demands around free education continue, online learning presents a welcome and affordable solution for … Continue reading Did you know e-learning is at Africa’s fingertips?
E-commerce in Africa is hotting up, as we wrote about previously, and due to new payment methods, such as mobile money, and the increased reach of the internet, more and more people are connected to the international market. Previously, not having a credit card was a barrier to purchasing items online, and solutions, such as … Continue reading Did You Know eBay see the potential of the African Market?
The African legal system is a complicated affair. Of course, first of all, there are 54 countries and the systems vary across all of them. Secondly, often there are also traditional legal systems running alongside a system the resembles European systems, with laws made by parliaments and judged over in court. Traditional law remains relevant … Continue reading Did you know Africa’s legal system is getting an innovative makeover?
Mobile companies in Africa are in a scramble to corner the market as quickly as possible. The usage of mobile phones has risen incredibly with many people owning 2 or more phones and or phones containing more than one sim card. Users are always looking for the most cost effective way to meet their needs … Continue reading Did You Know mobile networks are battling for customers in Africa?
Africa's wildlife is continuously under threat. The northern white rhino is now considered extinct, with only three non breeding Rhino remaining. Elephant populations are quickly diminishing and many other animals are at risk from trafficking. The Pangolin, possibly the cutest of the African mammals (subjective view/adorable video below) and most trafficked African mammal, has recently received … Continue reading Did You Know Technology and Poachers are at war in Africa?
In recent years there has been a lot of talk about disruptive innovation in Africa, but what exactly is it? The term, which was first coined by Clayton M. Christensen in 1995, means an innovation that creates a new market and value network, disrupting the existing market and value network and upsetting existing firms, products and … Continue reading Did you know what disruptive technology in Africa means?
Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg are looking more and more to Africa. Zuckerberg visited Nigeria and Kenya to check out the latest innovations, (Tech tourism is surely the next big thing in African tourism!) and potentially has plans to invest in mobile money or one of the many other innovations he came across. Facebook also has … Continue reading Did You Know Facebook gave $500,000 to African innovations?
Eradicating poverty by 2030 is one of the United Nation's sustainable development goals. Over the last few decades, Africa has eeked out a poverty fueled reputation. Charities and organisations have laboured the point and media outlets often only speak of the wars and famines, leading to many to believe that that whole continent is ravaged by … Continue reading Did you know that AI is tracking African poverty?
When you tell people you have been to Africa, or a particular country in Africa, often the first question you receive is, “was it safe?” This suspicion over the continents somewhat negative stereotypes is not only inhibiting people from holidaying in Africa, it is also stopping investors taking time to travel down and understand first hand … Continue reading Did you know you should go to Africa to experience African innovation?
Africa has become the number one tech hacking continent, in my opinion. Innovation is not just about coming up with new technology, it is about reinventing old technology. We have seen it with William Kamkwamba, the boy that harnessed the wind in Malawi with his electricity providing windmill. As I have written many times before, … Continue reading Did you know in Namibia you can make free phone calls?