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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.
World-First Next Generation Digital Identification Technology Created In South Africa To Combat Identity TheftBy Peter Pedroncelli, 5:11 am
A world-first next generation identification technology has been developed in South Africa, with applications that could make it invaluable as a tool against identity theft and for law enforcement purposes. Some of Africa’s leading computervision scientists at the University of Johannesburg partnered with aiThenticate Computervision Labs to create the technology. Current identification methods such as passwords, biometrics and facial recognition continue to be thwarted by identity thieves determined to impersonate others to commit criminal acts.
Dana Sanchez, 10:57 am
A scholarly tradition tied to agriculture, stargazing in Ethiopia predates Christianity. Some historians argue that the first study of celestial bodies can be traced back to Ethiopia. Ethiopia’s space ambitions could make it the first country in the Horn of Africa and Northeast Africa to become a space power. Developing satellites and rocket launchers locally in Ethiopia could prompt Kenya, Uganda, Egypt and even Sudan to accelerate their own space ambitions.
Israel’s Friends In Africa: Who Is, Who Isn’t, Who’s Not Saying. Can Israel Get A.U. Observer Status?By Dana Sanchez, 10:29 pm
Even if there are countries in Africa that disagree with Israel on certain issues, they should not be able to veto the continent’s cooperation with the Jewish state, the Ethiopian leader says. Israel does not have formal diplomatic relations with at least nine predominantly Muslim sub-Saharan countries, but Islamic extremism in Africa could change that. Security, including military training and border controls, could be Israel’s No. 1 export to Africa.
Dana Sanchez, 6:05 pm
The Brexit referendum is scheduled for June 23, and the vote is considered too close to call. Brexit will help Africa have a stronger relationship with the U.K., says the British minister for Africa. The U.K. will no longer be forced to view Africa through the “prism” of the E.U. but will deepen its direct relations with African countries and others that play a significant role on the continent — like France and the U.S. On issues of security, trade and development, the E.U. is a “wholly inappropriate way to define the U.K.-Africa relationship,” he says.
Dana Sanchez, 2:38 pm
In the last five years, fishing grounds have been the site of intensifying border disputes between Uganda and DRC. Each side has detained soldiers and security officers from the other. This is the first fatal exchange between security officers. The two countries share a border on Lake Albert that is not clearly marked. A DRC spokesman said the exchange of fire between the forces of two friendly countries was regrettable. Uganda is calling it an ambush. Major oil reserves have been found in the Lake Albert basin — possibly the largest onshore oil field in sub-Sahara.
Dana Sanchez, 1:18 pm
The deal will help Senegal and the U.S. “face common security challenges in the region,” Senegal said. Al Qaeda has Senegal in its sights due to its close ties with France, which has 3,500 soldiers fighting with regional armies against Islamist militants in West Africa. The agreement upgrades an existing 2001 agreement providing U.S. forces access to certain facilities in Senegal and enabling U.S. forces to make improvements while there.
Dana Sanchez, 5:35 pm
Mauritania had the steadiest and fastest growth in the North Africa region in 2015, supported by sound macroeconomic and structural policies, the U.N. reported. Angola showed strong GDP growth despite low oil prices as the government invested in strategic non-oil sectors such as electricity, construction and technology. Guinea and Liberia returned to positive growth following the Ebola outbreak. Most countries in Central Africa maintained relatively high growth. Mozambique and Zambia recorded the highest growth in Southern Africa.
Julia Austin, 12:31 pm AFKI Original
She made it big in security, a traditionally male-dominated sector, and encouraged women to enter the field. Her top business tip is “pay it off, don’t pay it forward.” The founder of Securico Security Services, Divine Ndhlukula practices financial discipline and teaches it to her employees. She believes in celebrating even small successes because “that is how people look forward to winning.” Here are 8 reasons people are inspired by this Zimbabwean entrepreneur.
Dana Sanchez, 1:47 pm
There was no public outrage when Nigeria, the most powerful military in West Africa, brought in mercenaries to do, in a matter of weeks, what the government failed to do in six years. They chased Boko Haram out. “That shows you what the U.S. and Great Britain have done in terms of normalizing the use of paid military companies,” said a former mercenary in Africa who now teaches at U.S. universities. Still, mercenaries are often viewed negatively and are connected to some of the worst violence in Africa.
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