Author: Lynn Wandia

How Technology Can Improve Africa

How Technology Can Improve Africa

Technology
In comparison to some other continents, Africa’s tech industry is still developing. While some gains have been seen in recent years regarding mobile phone ownership, smartphone usage still isn’t at a level comparable to the US. Given the lack of internet service, there is some increased demand stirring. Other areas of African life can be improved by technology. Education In Sub-Saharan Africa, millions of school age children are not attending school. Given some concerns that the education system simply isn’t of quality, technology could be the answer. Communication technology has provided potential ways in which the education system can be improved. While access to the internet continues to be low, the mobile internet is providing this connection for the region. Through these con
Tech  Rwanda’s MeshPower launches a solar mini-grid to open up new economic opportunities

Tech Rwanda’s MeshPower launches a solar mini-grid to open up new economic opportunities

Technology
MeshPower, a renewable energy firm has launched a 4 Kw AC/DC solar mini-grid in Gitaraga village, Bugesera District in Eastern Rwanda to provide clean energy access to 196 households and 15 businesses, nine of which are operated by women. The mini-grid is expected to only improve the standard of living in the community, but also offer new economic opportunities and enhance the productivity of businesses in the village, which is currently not served by the national grid. Through a Sida-funded programme, aiming to help companies deliver energy access in off-grid areas, Energy 4 Impact is supporting MeshPower to stimulate the demand for electricity in Gitaraga, so as to improve the economics of their mini-grid and help the viability of their business model. “Developers of small min
New research reveals how Africa is using the Cloud computing

New research reveals how Africa is using the Cloud computing

Technology
Cloud computing has taken off dramatically across Africa’s major markets, but its benefits are experienced very differently in each region – as are its budget allocations. These were some of the key findings of Cloud Africa 2018, a research project conducted by World Wide Worx for global networking application company F5 Networks, across Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa earlier this year. Decision-makers at 300 medium and large organisations were interviewed about cloud computing usage, benefits and intentions. “It is no longer about whether to use the cloud, but what benefits are being gained from the cloud,” says Matthew Barker, F5 Networks’ divisional sales manager for Sub-Saharan Africa. “These depend heavily on the dynamics of each market, so we were not surprised to see that b
How Africans Can Thrive in the Age of Disruption

How Africans Can Thrive in the Age of Disruption

Business, Technology
Today, African businesses are being shaped by the disruptive forces that are impacting collective global markets. Just one example is speed of the current advancements in technology – such as AI, robotics, autonomous transport, IoT, 3D printing and big data analytics among others. Against this backdrop of disruption, organisations need to distinguish themselves from others in order to stand out. This is also shaping the next decade of work and if your organisation is not developing people strategies that account for these forces, prepare to be blindsided. Despite this clear recognition, the 2017 WEF Human Capital Report highlighted the failure by business to adequately develop people’s talents. The report found that only 62% of the world’s human capital is fully developed. In Africa
IBM and Twiga Foods Introduce Blockchain-Based MicroFinancing  for Food Kiosk Owners in Kenya

IBM and Twiga Foods Introduce Blockchain-Based MicroFinancing for Food Kiosk Owners in Kenya

Business
IBM Research and Twiga Foods, business-to-business logistics platform for kiosks and food stalls in Africa, announced that they have extended access to microloans to 220 food stall retailers across Kenya using a blockchain-based financing system. Twiga Foods was looking to expand its logistic services into a total market ecosystem by adding financial services. Late last year, the $13 million start-up began working with IBM Research to deploy a blockchain-enabled supply lending platform to help scale its reach. Small and medium sized businesses (SME) in African countries often have difficulty accessing sufficient credit due to the complexities of financing processes, high loan costs, collateral requirements and lack of a credit score. This can make it difficult for these organizat