Former Nigerian Minister for Communications Technology, Dr Omobola Johnson, delivered the UN Economic Commission for Africa’s (ECA) annual Adebayo Adedeji at the ongoing Conference of Ministers in Marrakech. Held in memory of the Nigerian scholar Adebayo Adedeji – arguably one of Africa’s leading proponent of regional integration – the lecture focused around the question of digital transformation in Africa: Hype or Reality? “There is enough evidence that Africa can be digitally transformed. But what is holding us back? asked Dr Johnson when she delivered the lecture to ministers and a host of experts attending the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Conference of Ministers. As the world-wide-web celebrates 30 years, its inventor Tim Berners-Lee told a Nigerian audie
Amazon recently unveiled a debut collection of makeup products under its private label “find,” which also sells apparel basics. Available only from Amazon’s UK site for now, the products—for the eyes, brows, face, lips, and nails—are sold in “bundles” rather than individually. All are Prime eligible and priced under $20, comparable to drugstore offerings. Historically, an announcement from Amazon that it’s expanding into a new market has caused fear and anxiety: In 2017, grocery chains lost nearly $12 billion in market capitalization in a single day after Amazon said it would lower prices at Whole Foods. Last year, Amazon shared its vision for an independent healthcare service, causing the market value of the 10 largest listed health-insurance and pharmacy
SDGs&Her is an online competition for women entrepreneurs to showcase how they are carrying out business operations in support of supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through their business operations. The objectives of the initiative are to: – Recognize women implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, including women business owners of microenterprises; – Increase knowledge about the Sustainable development goals and their potential impacts on women among non-traditional audiences; and – Collaborate with private sector partners on all SDGs, but SDG5 in particular; to share best practices and innovative ideas. The competition is open to women who own and/or lead microenterprises (1-9 employees; under USD $10,000 loan eligibility OR annual sales under $100,
Mastercard has introduced the Girls4Tech programme in Africa. The company is working to empower young girls in Africa with Girls4Tech. The Girls4Tech programme was launched in South Africa (both Johannesburg and Cape Town), as well as Kenya, (Nairobi) and Nigeria (Lagos). Mastercard will offer workshops managed by volunteers from Mastercard, focused on sparking interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and also broadening their view of the future. Women remain a minority in STEM-related careers, making it more critical to reach young girls early. Mastercard President and CEO, Ajay Banga highlighted in a Women of the World Conference that if half the world’s population is unable to find the right opportunity to succeed, how can the world keep growing?
Moringa School, a software developer accelerator based in Nairobi, Kenya, has launched a women’s boot camp program with a 50% subsidy in November 2017 to help it graduate over 100 women. The program will also help test the effectiveness of coding boot camps on women’s outcomes. Dubbed Moringa Prep, the boot camps are targeted at students who want access to world-class coding content. On her part, Moringa CEO, Audrey Cheng said they have been testing and iterating their content and education model for the last 3 years and are excited to push more for diversity so that more women can access their high quality education and outcomes program. Photo Credits: On one hand the subsidy is a great initiative as i