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Susan Erwin, 9:00 am AFKI Original
Alex Genadinik of New York owns Problemio, a website that sells mobile apps to people who dream of starting new businesses. His business partner, Zaakirah Rossier, lives in Cape Town. Zaakirah started out as a user of the apps, became one of its best users, and that is how she joined the company. South Africa is the fourth-biggest market where the mobile apps are sold.
Dana Sanchez, 8:45 am
Boeing and South African Airways say they will work together on a sustainable aviation biofuel supply chain in Southern Africa, a first for the continent. Flight tests show that biofuel made from organic sources such as plants or algae performs as well as or better than petroleum-based jet fuel, the U.S.-based aerospace company said.
Dana Sanchez, 2:42 pm
Water and sanitation have not yet received adequate investor attention in Africa, arguably because they’ve been branded as social services, a report says. Even African countries with larger economies still lose thousands of children every year through water and sanitation-related illnesses. This realization has triggered the call for a shift in the development orientation for Africa’s water and sanitation sector from socialist focused to the inclusion of more economic and financial models.
Makula Dunbar, 12:37 pm
Intel, in collaboration with Akirachix, an association focusing on women’s technology, has launched a digital expansion programme for young women in Kenya, aiming to bridge the gender gap in technology. HumanIPO reported earlier this month Intel would launch She Will Connect in developing countries, starting with Africa. The initiative aims to train young Kenyan girls interested in technology and coding on how to develop applications, after which they will be able to develop Android applications in only two days.
Alexis Barnes, 12:08 pm AFKI Original
Uganda is experiencing a technological revival with the capitol, Kampala, at the forefront of development. Minister for Information, Communications and Technology, Eng. John Nasasira, opened the Government BPO Incubation Center at the Uganda Bureau of Statistics House last month, creating employment and identifying the need for incubators. The nation also received the 2013 African Development Bank’s eHealth award for its mTrac health management system, an SMS-based mobile connection that has sped up response time and health provider accountability in the country.
Dana Sanchez, 10:41 am
Any solution that can survive Cameroon’s challenging startup scene can do great on the international stage, says entrepreneur Avha Nelson. “Most of them have dissected the problems of their users, put forth great solutions, but lack the capital to take these solutions to the market,” he said. “They try to overcome their obstacles and solve their problems not with money, but by understanding their users.” By 2015, Nelson predicts Cameroon will be competing with other countries and will dominate by 2018.
Dana Sanchez, 10:09 am
Economic giants such as China and India are pumping billions of dollars into Africa, transforming the continent’s infrastructure, upgrading its power technology and muscling in on the continent’s high growth rates. Some of the mega projects in the works include the Jasper project, South Africa; The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Ethiopia; and the Great Inga Dam in Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Makula Dunbar, 9:43 am
A delegation of 30 Kenyan members of parliament (MPs) are in Rwanda to assess the country’s successful implementation of the one laptop per child programme with a view to following similar methods in Kenya. The New Times reports the MPs yesterday visited Gahini Primary School in Kayonza District, one of the schools where the programme has been established.
Dana Sanchez, 9:12 am
U.S. President Barack Obama is more obsessed with China’s role in Africa than he is with jihad or Iran, according to journalist and filmmaker John Pilger. Today Somalia is a theme park of brutal, artificial divisions, long impoverished by World Bank and International Monetary Fund “structural adjustment” programs, and saturated with modern weapons – notably President Obama’s personal favorite, the drone, he writes.
Makula Dunbar, 9:00 am
Representatives of Tunisia’s government and opposition political parties met Monday to iron out logistical concerns prior to political talks that are to start later this week. While there was hope over the weekend that today would be the opening session of the ‘national dialogue’ called for in the roadmap, but the meeting was instead used to discuss procedures for how the national dialogue will take place. Mohamed Hamdi of the Democratic Alliance told radio station Mosaique FM that the first meeting under the roadmap framework will not take place until Thursday.
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