Author: Nasha Harper

Facebook’s Third-Party Fact-Checking Programme Expands 10 African countries

Facebook’s Third-Party Fact-Checking Programme Expands 10 African countries

Governance, Internet, social media
Social media giant Facebook has announced the expansion of its third-party fact-checking program to ten African countries including Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Cameroon and Senegal. In a statement on Tuesday, Facebook said the expansion was aimed at assessing the accuracy and quality of news on its platform while curbing the spread of misinformation. “Working with a network of fact-checking organisations, certified by the non-partisan International Fact-Checking Network, third-party fact-checking will now be available in Ethiopia, Zambia, Somalia and Burkina Faso through AFP; Uganda and Tanzania through both Pesa Check and AFP; Democratic Republic of Congo and Cote d’Ivoire through France 24 Observers and AFP; Guinea Conakry through France 24 Observers, and Ghana through Dubawa,” the
Kenya’s Mobile money transactions hit Sh2.5 trillion

Kenya’s Mobile money transactions hit Sh2.5 trillion

Business, Mobile, social media, Startups
The value of mobile money payments rose by 11.1 percent to hit Sh2.5 trillion in the first seven months of this year, new data from the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) shows. The increase happened even though the actual figures from month- to- month fluctuated between Sh328.2 billion and Sh368.4 billion. The total value for the seven months was Sh2.5 trillion compared to Sh2.25 trillion in July last year. In July, the value stood at Sh366.4 billion, about Sh20 billion up from June’s Sh346.8 billion. Compared to July last year, the upward change was higher at Sh34 billion or 10.2 percent. The change underlines the rising popularity of the mobile money in transactions where many banks, mobile lenders, savings and credit societies and merchants have also been linking up with the mobile b
Microsoft, AGRA partner to transform Africa’s agriculture sector digitally

Microsoft, AGRA partner to transform Africa’s agriculture sector digitally

Business, Startups, Technology
As a market, digital services in Africa's agriculture sector remains untapped say experts and could be worth over US$2.26-billion. Microsoft, through its 4Afrika Initiative, has announced a new collaboration with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to co-create technology solutions in agriculture. The collaboration was announced at the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) and will support AGRA's digital transformation as it works to improve food security for 30 million farming households across 11 countries by 2021. Microsoft and AGRA will explore uses of big data and artificial intelligence "in enabling data-driven, precision farming that increases farm productivity and profitability." The partnership will also support farmers in adopting new technologies thr...
Office 365 services to reach more customers from Microsoft’s African datacenters

Office 365 services to reach more customers from Microsoft’s African datacenters

Business, Mobile, Technology
Office 365 services are now generally available through relatively new data centers in South Africa. Microsoft has expanded its presence in Africa steadily, including bringing Microsoft Azure to the continent earlier this year. Opening data centers in South Africa is important because many countries have rules regarding the location of cloud data centers. Paul Lorimer, Distinguished Engineer for Microsoft 365, expanded on the importance of the data center in a Microsoft blog post: In-country data residency for core customer data helps Office 365 customers meet regulatory requirements, which is particularly important and relevant in industries such as healthcare, financial services, and government—where organizations need to keep specific data in-country to comply with local requi
Bank of South Sudan licenses m-GURUSH, its first-ever mobile money service

Bank of South Sudan licenses m-GURUSH, its first-ever mobile money service

Business, Mobile, Technology
South Sudan now has its first ever mobile money service. Named m-GURUSH, where m is for mobile and GURUSH is money in Arabic, is a joint partnership South Sudan's Trinity Technologies and Zain Telecoms South Sudan. The mobile money service has been licensed by both the Bank of South Sudan and the National Communication Authority of South Sudan. “We are not just launching a brand name today. The m-GURUSH money mobile commerce platform presents a complete transformation from your first interaction with it, which is a simple, easy to use customer friendly access menu that makes it fast and convenient for customers and dealers to carry out transactions. The platform provides consumers with a robust offering of products that cuts across, Service Payments, Airtime top up and money transfer s