The most exciting mobile apps from Africa

The following is a guest post by Rudy De Waele, CEO & Founder of Nyota Media. The article is based on the below embedded slideshow which is a result of his company Nyota Media‘s latest research and in-depth analysis of the African mobile market focusing on the most progressive Sub-Saharan countries. Included are lots of statistics on mobile and 3G penetration, […]

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As smartphone wars heat up: Africa Techies beware of the App distraction to your business

“Why should I get the intel Yolo vs the Samsung Pocket”- asked a young man at the Safaricom Junction shop. “This phone is just like a computer, it has the intel chip inside!” replied the Safaricom attendant “So this WiDi HD video streaming, I don’t have a compatible TV, it is useless to me”- shot […]

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E-commerce & Mobile Payments in Africa will not scale without Business Process Integration

E-Commerce (or M-Commerce) and Mobile Payments in Africa gets a lot of attention.  I get a number of mobile payments pitches every month, and you can imagine how tough my skin has become over the last 6 months. Especially as I have personally transitioned from a plastic world into a mobile money world- I carry […]

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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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10 Deadly Mistakes and Pitfalls African Startups should avoid in 2013

We are about to hit 2013, last year I wrote an optimistic post about the 12 trends to watch in Africa tech, there has been some very positive developments indeed and rather than repeat and add to any potential Africa tech hype that may or may not be bubbling I thought I’d take a somewhat […]

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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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Kenya’s Propensity to Crowdsource

About two weeks ago, following a strike by transport operators in Kenya, residents of the capital city Nairobi resorted to social media to solve the problem. The hashtag #CarPoolKE was a result of an emergent self-organised effort by Twitter users around Nairobi to find alternate transport to their destinations. The Kenya Red Cross amplified the […]

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Powering Up: Innovating to Solve the Cost of Energy in Africa

Oil and natural gas discoveries across multiple African countries have graced the headlines of many local and international media outlets this past year. 2012 has seen many governments in Africa experience renewed enthusiasm as prospects for economic progress loom amidst multiple oil and gas discoveries across the continent, creating new emerging oil producing countries on […]

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