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Staff, 7:41 am
Conservancy rangers increased security by cutting down on theft, road banditry and cattle raiding, and when conflict did flare, NRT elders would intervene to de-escalate the situation before fighting could break out. Established in 2004, the NRT currently supports 35 community conservancies spanning some 17,300-square miles in northern and coastal Kenya – making up an area larger than Denmark. Over 600,000 people there live alongside elephants, rhinos, lions, zebra, giraffe, buffalo and more.
Staff, 7:27 am
The spotlight is on the work of international observer teams, but there are also much wider questions of electoral capacity — problems that extend to the top of the African Union, and thence across the continent. African democracies are in the process of coordinating a generation jump in technology. They have actually done a remarkable job by global standards. Electronic voting is not used in the UK, where people in wait while someone with a pencil draws a line through their name on a paper.
Kurt Davis Jr., 6:40 pm AFKI Original
Africa’s two biggest economies will have an election in 2019 with many observers and investors speculating on the side-effects of the political process on both economies, especially if fallout comes about before or after the process takes its due course. Perhaps Kenya’s current and past presidential election experiences can serve as a lesson for those two African powerhouse nations, in order for negative outcomes to be mitigated.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:42 am
South Africa’s largest mobile carrier, Vodacom, is set to undergo a massive rebranding of the company in an effort to open up additional business opportunities with regards to an increasingly digital future. The update in branding is a global effort, with parent company Vodafone leading the change with a new logo (pictured below) and tag line which states: “The Future Is Exciting, Ready?”. The new logo enables 2D visualisation, with 34 countries set to experience the change.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:48 am
M-Pesa, Safaricom’s highly popular mobile money transfer service, has launched a new payment solution that uses near-field communication to make payments. The new system, which is called M-Pesa 1Tap, allows users to pay for goods from their mobile phones in a single step, rather than multiple steps that were previously required. M-Pesa customers will use a wristband, phone sticker or card to be able to make faster payments using this new technology.
Peter Pedroncelli, 2:20 am AFKI Original
Technology has an important role to play in Africa, and one of the most important ways that tech is improving the lives of Africans across the continent is by transforming healthcare. Advances in technology and innovative ideas are allowing for better healthcare and improved diagnostic efforts in communities throughout Africa, including in remote areas thanks to the wonders of mobile and the internet.
Tom Jackson, 3:54 am AFKI Original
In a surprising but not unfathomable announcement this week, Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) confirmed that the IT infrastructure deployed during the country’s recently nullified presidential election will again be utilised in the approaching re-run on October 26. It has gambled twice on tech at elections, and lost. To gamble a third time, and with the same flawed system, could unleash forces outside of its control.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:30 am
WorldRemit, an international digital money transfer business, and Wafacash, a Morocco-based financial services firm have partnered in order to provide instant money transfers to a growing set of African markets. The Moroccan money transfer market-leader and the global remittance company already work together in Morocco and Senegal, but this extended partnership will see their combined operations expanded to serve Cameroon, Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger and Cote D’Ivoire.
Staff, 5:09 pm
The practice involves draping wet soil in a special kind of polythene film to conserve moisture. I visited Kathama, a tiny village in Machakos, where I discovered remarkable farming techniques. This is a novice innovation with great capacity in a water scarce area. In Kathama, I connected with one Joseph Mwanzia; an ageing farmer who uses plastic film technology. By using the technology, he had increased his maize production three-fold. The plastic film technology is an effective technology.
Staff, 9:35 am
On any corner in Nairobi on any given day, the future of African commerce can be seen in action. From the most basic of feature phones, right up to sophisticated smartphones, M-Pesa has revolutionized how people pay each other money and do financial transactions. Since M-Pesa was pioneered by Safaricom –Kenya’s largest mobile operator with some 70% market share– it has expanded to 29.5 million active customers in 10 markets. They did a whopping 6 billion mobile money transactions in 2016.
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