Author: Nasha Harper

Safaricom partners with Amazon Web Services

Safaricom partners with Amazon Web Services

Business
Safaricom has announced a strategic agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS), which will see the Telco become a reseller of AWS services. The agreement is designed to accelerate Safaricom’s internal IT transformation, lower costs and provide it with a blueprint and skilled resources to assist customers with their journey to the cloud. Safaricom Plc CEO Michael Joseph said the agreement will allow the company to accelerate its efforts to enable digital transformation in Kenya. “We chose to partner with AWS because it offers customers the broadest and deepest cloud platform, overall commitment to security excellence, and a strong culture of customer obsession,'' Joseph said. In addition, Safaricom will be able to offer Amazon Web Services to East-African customers, allowing bus
DigiFarm wins Best Mobile Innovation

DigiFarm wins Best Mobile Innovation

Mobile, Technology
DigiFarm, Safaricom's agritech platform, has won the Best Mobile Innovation for Emerging Markets in this year’s Global Mobile Awards (GLOMO). The mobile innovation which was created through a partnership with mobile solutions provider, Mezzanine, offers an easy-to-use, text-based service to Kenya’s smallholder farmers on best farming practice, all from a 2G enabled mobile phone. Farmers register on the platform and record details about the size of their farms and the nature of their farming activities. This information is then used to ensure that farmers receive support relevant to their specific farming activities. Once registered on the platform, farmers have access via mobile phone to a host of agricultural and financial services that the ecosystem offers. Speaking
Mastercard Foundation EdTech challenge in Africa

Mastercard Foundation EdTech challenge in Africa

Business, Startups, Technology
The Mastercard Foundation has selected 12 fellows for its inaugural EdTech challenge that will benefit from the Centre's support to expand their operations and improve secondary teaching and learning across the continent. Firms selected include Rwanda's O'Genius Priority, iCog Labs from Ethiopia, M-Shule, Kytabu Limited and Litemore from Kenya. Others are Chalkboard Education from Ghana, HITCH from Nigeria, Siyavula Education and Instill Education from South Africa. The Fellows were selected after Africa-wide proposal requests late last year where innovators were invited to submit proposals that either minimise out-of-classroom time for teachers or create and deliver enriched learning content that improves quality and relevance for secondary school learners. Head of the M...
Safaricom has joined the Valuable 500 Movement

Safaricom has joined the Valuable 500 Movement

Business
Kenya's telco giant Safaricom has joined the Valuable 500, a movement that brings together CEO's responsible for huge organisations to put disability inclusion on the global business leadership agenda. The company becomes the first in Kenya and fourth in Africa to join the movement that calls on influential business leaders and their brands to ignite systemic change by unlocking the business, social and economic value of the 1.3 billion people with disabilities around the world. Over 250 companies across 26 countries globally are now part of the campaign that was launched at the 2019 World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting. Safaricom CEO Michael Joseph said the firm was guided by its purpose of transforming lives to join the initiative.  “Operating in a developing nation, we
Takaful Insurance Firm offer cyber-crime solutions

Takaful Insurance Firm offer cyber-crime solutions

Business, Cyber Security
In current times, we are seeing companies offer insurance solutions that cover cyber-crime because it is a trustworthy business requirement, mainly for companies that manage sensitive information and are served by a computer network. Such forms of insurance plans make part of the products offered by Takaful Insurance of Africa. The firm, which started operations nearly a decade ago, prides itself as the only Sharia-compliant insurance organization in Kenyan soil. The latest development from Takaful is in the form of a new product, a digital data protection tool that will enable individuals and businesses to secure their online presence. Known as MyCyberCare, the product will, as Takaful puts it, cover users on all forms of online fraud and virus attacks. “MyCyberCare Takaful monitor