Date Archives for May 2015
Staff, 11:38 pm
From Nairobi to Dakar, Africans are creating innovation ecosystems where people can congregate to design appropriate solutions for local problems. They are part of the global Maker Movement, a term for open-minded independent inventors, hobbyists, designers, and tinkerers with a convergence of computer hackers and traditional artisans, which has grown in sophistication from embroidery to robotics.
Staff, 11:00 pm
Rapid African urbanization is affecting many cities, increasing demand not only for houses, but improved infrastructure, retail and commercial spaces. According to the World Bank, 65 percent of Ghana’s population will move to urban areas by 2030. This creates a huge opportunities for real estate developers to provide access to affordable housing in livable cities.
Staff, 10:52 pm
There’s a strong spirit of entrepreneurship in African communities in the U.S. state of Minnesota, according to a recent study. African immigrants there own between 2,200 to 3,200 businesses. Still, they’re largely invisible to mainstream institutions and policymakers, an economist says.The community itself does not know its own power.
Staff, 10:08 pm
Soon a Chinese-built railway will link Djibouti to the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, and could eventually connect to other Chinese-built railways emerging across the African continent. Dreams of a Dubai-type future have questionable relevance for most local Djiboutians, 42 percent of whom live in extreme poverty, while 48 percent of the labor force is unemployed. One foreign diplomat referred to Djibouti as “an oasis in a bad neighborhood.”
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:45 pm AFKI Original
Kevin Anderson’s run at the 2015 French Open came to an end in the third round of the competition at the weekend when Frenchman Richard Gasquet defeated his South African opponent in four sets. The 29-year-old South African talent was seeded 15th at Roland Garros, but fell to the 20th seed who was heavily favoured by his home crowd.
Staff, 6:05 pm
The 25th World Economic Forum on Africa is set for June 3-5 in Cape Town. The theme is Reimagining Africa’s Future. What will that look like? “What this meeting is really about is looking forward, to see how we can channel the lessons of the past with the creativity, innovation and resourcefulness that comes from all stakeholders working together to solve Africa’s challenges,” said the WEF Africa head. Sessions will include how best to harness Africa’s informal economy.
Staff, 3:34 am
In economic terms Nigeria is best known as Africa’s largest economy and its number one oil producer, but unlike many other African countries, travel and tourism comes far down the list of GDP contributors. But as Internet penetration grows, even as poor road network infrastructure continues to make it difficult to get around, the rise of local e-commerce is making it easier for Nigerians and visitors to explore
Staff, 3:16 am
Nowhere is Sepp Blatter’s support stronger than across Asia and Africa. So why, as they troop into the Fifa congress hall in Zurich, are most of the representatives from those two continents preparing to vote for him again? Here’s about as succinct an answer as you’re going to get – from Amaju Pinnick: “Blatter feels Africa, he sees Africa and he has imparted so much – a lot of developmental programmes.
Staff, 2:54 am
Africa is now the world’s second largest mobile phone market and is setting the worldwide pace for mobile-based product innovation. The fastest-growing African companies tend to operate in the information and communications technology space, and they cater to an increasing demand for mobile services, digital entertainment, and cloud computing.
Staff, 2:29 am
The number of African countries facing severe food shortages has doubled over the past two decades, as extreme weather conditions, natural disasters and insurgencies disrupt farming across the continent. As many as 24 countries are contending with food crises across sub-Saharan Africa, twice as many as in 1990, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Program said
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