Uganda: Latest News
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:05 am
WorldRemit, an international digital money transfer business, and the National Bank of Kenya have joined forces to the benefit of the Kenyan people, expanding remittance options for locals and those sending money to the country. The partnership enables Kenyans living abroad to make instant transfers to Bank of Kenya accounts held in both Kenyan Shillings and U.S. Dollars.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:38 am AFKI Original
The Barclays Accelerator Program, powered by small and medium business empowerment organization Techstars, is a startup program of networking, mentoring and development at Rise, Barclays Africa Group’s fintech innovation hub. Selected from a large group of applicants from 50 countries, Barclays will work closely with 10 chosen startups to explore promising new technology-based solutions that can benefit the financial services industry and their customers.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:37 pm AFKI Original
History was made in 2016 when Africa could finally celebrate its first startup unicorn, with the Africa Internet Group, now known as Jumia Group, being valued at over $1 billion in February last year. In doing so, it became the first privately owned startup to gain unicorn status, joining an elite group of 150 or so companies around the globe. The company is based in Lagos, Nigeria, and operates as a subsidiary of Millicom International Cellular S.A, using a sales approach similar to Amazon.
Tom Jackson, 6:13 am AFKI Original
While fintech solutions in other parts of the world have not produced consistent success, Africa’s lack of banking penetration has opened up possibilities for fintech startups to serve a mobile-first population. This track record of innovation is resulting in increased funding for African fintech startups, while of all the sub-sectors within Africa’s tech space it has also proven the most likely in terms of exits.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:26 am AFKI Original
As with many sectors in modern business, the agricultural industry in Africa is embracing technology to enhance production and ensure a more profitable future. Tech is able to reduce costs, upskill farm workers and save effort and time in Africa’s largest economic sector. From drone tech to mobile apps that assist farmers, Africa is a pioneer on the agritech front, and the technologies that are being incorporated into agriculture are helping to put food on the tables of people all over the world.
Kurt Davis Jr., 5:25 am AFKI Original
There are currently 300 tech hubs in 93 cities across 42 countries on the African continent. The growing number of tech hubs and developers is drawing significant investment, with more than $366 million invested in startups across Africa in 2016. Despite these positive numbers, a few tweaks could help in boosting the African tech scene and increasing the likelihood of success for African startups.
Mongabay, 4:16 am
Remote sensing technology can provide useful intelligence to Ugandan park managers in forest monitoring, but must be combined with an understanding of its limitations. The near real-time alerts of likely deforestation could make forest patrols more efficient and effective, but rangers must still have proper training, incentives, and resources to properly integrate alerts into their regular functions.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:07 pm AFKI Original
The internet continues to be a driver of business and economies the world over, and the internet contribution to GDP is an interesting barometer of growth. Africa’s average internet contribution to GDP was only 1.1 percent in 2012, or about half the level seen in other emerging economies. This has positive implications for the potential growth of e-commerce and internet-based businesses on the continent.
amcdermott, 12:22 pm AFKI Original
Hailing from Jamaica, but American by way of higher education and culture, I’ve spent much of the last three years in countries around Africa, and I am excited by the potential for design and innovation there. I’ll go to a restaurant with friends in Maputo and fumble around for my credit card to cover the bill. By the time I look up, someone’s laughing at me because they already paid the bill in 10 seconds from their phone with M-Pesa. From Asia and Central America came tailors and tactile labor, from India came software engineers, and soon, from Africa, will come creatives.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:13 am
In preparation for Africa Code Week 2017, which will take place throughout the continent in October, hundreds of teachers in Botswana have learned basic coding skills. Thanks to a partnership between the Ministry of Basic Education in Botswana and software development group SAP, over 400 teachers within the country now have a basic level understanding of how to code. In 2016, 426,000 youngsters across 30 countries learned to code over a nine-day period.
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