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Staff, 10:25 am
VCs and startup founders rarely pay attention to slow-moving but powerful macro global events, especially with so many fast-moving things to focus on at the micro level, like technology, teams, and trends. While VCs and startup founders often are the earliest to know about technological advances bubbling from the bottom up (while public-market hedge fund and global macro investors find out about them only later), they often are the last to know about global macro forces that may impact them.
Staff, 9:50 am
The second edition of the Global Cybersecurity Index 2017, released earlier this week by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), an agency of the United Nations, measured the commitment of ITU Member States to cyber security and highlighted a number of illustrative practices from around the world. The survey measures the commitment of countries to cyber security based on five pillars namely: legal, technical and organizational measures, capacity building and international cooperation.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:39 am AFKI Original
Technology has an important role to play in African daily life, and in fact, some mobile apps that have been created contribute to saving lives. Mobile apps are easily accessible, often free or cost-effective, and can be used on the go. Whether helping to enhance healthcare, assist with security or summon law enforcement, the mobile apps on this list have been designed specifically to deal with challenges and assist African communities with crucial elements of their lives. Here are 12 mobile apps that are saving lives in Africa.
Tom Jackson, 3:38 pm AFKI Original
Informal markets represent an incredible opportunity in Africa. In Zambia, for example, the informal sector accounts for 90 percent of employment, and represents well over one million informal businesses. Key areas that need exploring are agribusiness, textiles, timber and forestry, as there are huge opportunities to disrupt smallholder enterprise systems and introduce innovative concepts that can be sustainable and profitable.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:23 am
Kenya is the first country in the world to issue a mobile phone-based bond that does not require the availability of a bank account. The Kenyan government began selling a three-year infrastructure bond, known as M-Akiba, on March 23, issuing an initial $1.44 million worth that was sold out in a matter of days. The success of the bond issue via mobile has led to another $9.64 million being made available following the first part of the bond being fulfilled.
Staff, 11:54 am
Bridge International Academies, operates 405 schools in Kenya, educating children from preschool through eighth grade, for a fee of between $54 and $126 per year, depending on the location of the school. It was founded in 2007. From early on, the founders’ plans for the world’s poor were audacious. Bridge promised to revolutionize primary-school education. The Bridge concept has galvanized many of the Western investors and Silicon Valley moguls who learn about the project.
Kurt Davis Jr., 11:08 am AFKI Original
As the second half of 2017 comes into focus, entrepreneurs and private equity managers alike want the narrative in investor circles to change regarding sub-Saharan Africa and fundraising opportunities. Investor sentiments remain that sub-Saharan Africa is still rebounding from the economic challenges of 2015 and 2016, but the focus for entrepreneurs and private equity managers should be on the oil importers and emerging Francophone Africa.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:38 pm AFKI Original
Africa is a continent of great opportunity and potential, but as a whole, the continent needs to work to become more globally competitive for the benefit of industries such as tech to truly thrive. Africa competes for foreign direct investment with other emerging markets such as Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Africa needs to address a number of key issues in order to rival their main competitors in the market and carve out a competitive landscape that will attract foreign direct investment. Africa’s average competitiveness ranking is 21 percent compared to Latin America and The Caribbean’s average ranking of 40 percent, and Asia’s average ranking of 57 percent.
Kurt Davis Jr., 1:32 pm AFKI Original
It is surprising how many business people assume Africa is behind the times in technology. Infrastructure may be a problem…but technology is a different story, and in fact, innovation and active appreciation for the wonders of technology are present throughout the continent. Sub-Saharan Africa, in many instances, can make a Western business person feel like they underuse their mobile phone…or simply feel behind the times when they do not know how to use M-Pesa.
Kurt Davis Jr., 12:06 pm AFKI Original
The African continent will continue to experience major urban development in the coming decades. Such urban development requires improved mass transport and freight-moving systems to support the population growth. Some urban planners even argue that mass transport networks are central to cities’ ability to control the expansion and better manage property development, while reducing travel times and boosting land values.
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