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Date Archives for October 2017

  • The Rise Of Digital Advertisement Consumption Among Youth In Sub-Saharan Africa

    youth in sub-saharan africa By Staff, 10:15 am

    The youth in sub-Saharan Africa encounter more digital advertisements on a daily basis than any other form of advertisement. The number of Internet users and their daily usage continues to surge as audiences shift away from TV, radio and print media, a recent GeoPoll Straw Poll found.

  • Village Capital And PayPal Launch 2018 Investment-Readiness Program For African Fintech Startups

    African fintech startups - Peer selected startups in the 2017 Village Capital Fintech Africa program, PiggybankNG and Olivine Technologies. Photo - Village Capital By Peter Pedroncelli, 6:37 am AFKI Original

    African fintech startups have yet another opportunity to strive towards sustainability with the launch of the Village Capital Fintech Africa 2018 program, in collaboration with PayPal. The U.S.-based venture capital fund’s annual investment-readiness program, which is geared towards supporting African startups focused on financial health, is looking to fill a cohort of 10-12 companies from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda.

  • How A South African Entrepreneur Uses Business To Positively Impact Communities

    South African entrepreneur Emmanuel Bonoko is passionate about people. Photo - YourBusinessMagazine By Ann Brown, 5:04 pm AFKI Original

    Johannesburg-based entrepreneur Emmanuel Bonoko is not simply focused on building a successful business. He is also trying to improve and empower his community. The 26-year-old is the founder of EBonoko Holdings, a media consulting, public relations and events company, which employs five people. His company, established in 2014, counts Hewlett Packard and Intel among its clients. He also founded the EBonoko Foundation, a social enterprise that hosts empowerment events such as book drives and career expos.

  • 10 Tech Startup Finalists In The Seedstars Harare Competition

    myRunner was the winning tech startup at the Seedstars Harare Competition. Photo - Twitter By Peter Pedroncelli, 9:52 am AFKI Original

    The Seedstars Harare Competition served as the Zimbabwean leg of the global early-stage startups competition for emerging markets took place at the end of October, with 10 of the best startups vying to be the representative from Zimbabwe for the global final event next year. Seedstars World, which describes itself as the world’s biggest startup competition in emerging markets, holds these events in over 65 countries before winners are selected to take part in a grand final.

  • Digital Technology Being Used To Strengthen Public Health Services In Africa

    public health By Staff, 6:03 pm

    With Africa currently undergoing a digital revolution, the WHO Regional Office for Africa and the International Telecommunications Union signed a Cooperation Agreement in Geneva, on using digital services to save lives and improve people’s health. The partnership will focus on building platforms to scale digital health at national level, build a capable workforce to effectively use ICT as well as address the need of multi-stakeholders partnerships for sustainable adoption of digital health.

  • Why We’ll All Be Relying On Congo To Power Our Electric Cars

    Electric Cars By Staff, 4:45 pm

    The cars of the future will depend upon supplies of an obscure metal from a country in the African tropics where there has never been a peaceful transition of power and child labor is still used in parts of the mining industry. Most major automakers are pledging to build millions of electric vehicles as the world’s governments crack down on climate-damaging emissions from traditional-fuel engines.Demand is surging for lithium-ion batteries and the materials needed to make them–including cobalt.

  • NATO Announces First Scientific Cooperation Initiative With Algeria

    science By Staff, 7:03 am

    For the first time, the NATO Science for Peace and Security Program is supporting a multi-year research project with Algeria. The activity will develop an innovative detection system to help in the fight against terrorism while engaging key partners in practical cooperation. The new project brings together the Université Savoie Mont Blanc, Ecole Militaire Polytechnique and KTH Royal Institute of Technology to work on the design and development of a terahertz (THz) imaging and detection system.

  • Phone Technology Creates A Cash Lifeline For Refugees In Uganda

    refugees By Staff, 4:26 pm

    Brian Dinga, his sister-in-law and her six children fled their South Sudanese home in 2016 after his brother was shot dead.They trekked across the border into Uganda and were accommodated in the world’s largest refugee settlement, Bidibidi, where they struggled to make ends meet. Brian, 62, had no job and no money, and prospects for the family were not good. A donated mobile phone has given them a lifeline. Brian now receives an electronic cash transfer via the phone to buy food for his family.

  • Insurance Companies Are Using Cloud For African Expansion

    insurance By Staff, 1:57 pm

    With many insurers looking at business expansion into Africa, the opportunity exists to e mbrace cloud-based solutions more fully to deliver solutions for these new markets. Patrick Ashton, managing executive of Cirrus examines if this must be an all or nothing approach. Add to this the increased consumer expectation for personalized, immediately available digital solutions. People want an insurance product that speaks to their specific requirements and not simply an off-the-shelf offering.

  • How Technology Is Bringing More Nutritious Foods To Africa

    farms By Staff, 1:54 pm

    New technology has exploded onto the agricultural scene, and it’s never been more affordable for smallholder farms. Technology should be seen as a weapon that fights poverty while improving nutrition, said Enock Chikava, deputy director of agricultural development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. One such technology is a a phone app that can identify plant diseases. Rural African farmers can take a photo of any diseased leaf and the app will identify disease with 95 percent accuracy.

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