Kenya: The Internet & Freedom of Information

The name ‘Edward Snowden’ has become familiar with many people. His revelations about the lengths to which government intelligence agencies in the US and UK have gone to in order to gather information about people’s actions online came as a shock to many. Some have since come to regard him as a hero, whereas others […]

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Musings on the on the 'Silicon Savannah': Past, Present & Future

Kenya has come to be closely associated with technology innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly in the area of mobile technology, raising the country’s profile internationally as one of the up-coming tech hubs in Sub-Saharan Africa. The country has even been dubbed the ‘Silicon Savannah’, a term that embodies the aspirations of the country to dominate technology […]

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Analyzing Kenya’s Laptops for Children Initiative

On March 4th Kenyans went to the polls to elect a new government to steer the country over the next 5 years. One of the candidates, Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta, who subsequently won the election with his Jubilee Coalition, had made a daring campaign promise that many wondered if he would deliver on – to equip every […]

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Critical Mass in Mobile Money: Case of Marketing and Distribution & Math in Unpacking M-Pesa's Meteoric Rise

Creating a viable mobile money service is fundamentally a question of marketing (driving appropriate use cases tapping into clear customer pain points) and distribution (creating a sufficiently dense, liquid agent network). But success on both fronts requires getting to scale quickly: on the marketing side because payment solutions are only really useful if enough other people and businesses […]

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How We Did It: Invested Development's Sean Smith on Convincing Safaricom to Launch the AppWiz Challenge.

Editor’s Note: This post is written by Sean Smith. Sean spearheaded and will continue to lead Invested Development’s efforts in supporting the Safaricom App Wiz Challenge. In early 2012, Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore and other senior executives of Kenya’s largest telecom visited the iHub in Nairobi to answer questions from the innovation community. Most of the back and […]

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Scaling Internet-Based Startups in African Markets

We’ve all heard of the idea that entrepreneurs are people who see a ‘gap’ in the market and then create a product or service to address that gap. The implication is that there’s a ready market there that will snap up your product if you can address that need. However, this can be a challenge […]

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Spot Check on User Experience Design in Africa with Shikoh Gitau

Shikoh Gitau is a pioneer in User Experience (UX) design in Africa. A Google Anita Borg scholar, she was one of the first African women to win the prestigious scholarship. Shikoh currently works as a UX researcher/designer for emerging markets at Google. She is also an innovator and social entrepreneur, being the founder of Ummeli.com […]

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Renewable Energy in Kenya (Part 2): Policy Tools and Anticipated Effects

Originally posted on the Invested Development blog by the ID team As we introduced in our last post on this topic, Kenya is using several policy tools to stimulate renewable energy development and grow its national energy supply. With rapidly growing demand, the government has clearly identified renewable energy, such as solar, wind, and geothermal, as […]

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Energy in Kenya: Potential for Renewables (Part 1)

Originally posted on the Invested Development blog by the ID team Kenya’s National Energy Policy is designed “to facilitate provision of clean, sustainable, affordable, reliable and secure energy services at least cost while protecting the environment.” The efforts come alongside a critical time for Kenya – economic growth and energy demand are higher than ever. […]

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Technology Transforming Elections in Africa

This article is a follow up to a previous article on ‘The Influence of Technology on Governance in Africa‘ in which we observed how technology is shaping how governments operate, how citizens expect their governments to operate, and the interaction between government and citizenry. We summarized the impact of technology on the ‘citizen’ (people) side […]

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