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The biggest game changer in African development is the internet

The biggest game changer in African development is the internet

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Information and communication technology is driving the new “knowledge-based” economy in the developed and developing world. However, internet access remains comparatively low in Africa, with internet penetration at 20% for the continent. There’s free Facebook, mobile banking, and the promise of cashless societies and digitised land records. And from Accra in the west to Kigali in the east, a spray of “tech hubs” talk about “leapfrogging” technology and incubating start-ups. Such are the giddy promises of Africa’s “fourth industrial revolution” – a giant step forward into the digital world which the Guardian is reporting on for the next two weeks. Some are salivating that it will amount to the renaissance of a marginalised continent, while others soberly warn of the hype. By 2
Digital technology to increase participation of women in reconstruction of Gaza Strip

Digital technology to increase participation of women in reconstruction of Gaza Strip

Internet, Technology, Women
Digital technology has revolutionized the world as never before. Various transformations have taken place in the global arena. The contribution of women in technology has been significant over the years. With financial support of the Government of the Kingdom of Belgium, UN-Habitat and UN Women have launched a new innovative Programme to advance women’s and youth’s rights to participate in reconstruction and recovery efforts in Gaza. The UN-Habitat-UN Women joint programme will take advantage of digital tools and video games such as MineCraft and SaftiPin to support engagement of communities in the design of their public spaces, linking simultaneously with selected female architects from Gaza trained on the use of digital technologies for the development of gender inclusive, s

Technological initiatives prove Africa can catalyze Innovation

Mobile, Startups, Technology, Women
Africa has become the hub for innovation and digital communication. It is a continent that is rapidly embracing technology and with the highest record of internet penetration in the world. Many bodies have taken the initiatives of teaching the young generation and the whole population at large about ICT which has began to make a difference. Several African countries are on the lead with technological initiatives to push digital advancement in the continent. Rwanda’s has embraced technology at the primary school and university level through its One Laptop Per Child program and partnered with Carnegie Mellon University, creating a Kigali campus offering advanced degree programs in computer science and IT. The country is rolling out its 4G LTE program nationwide and is the highes
Empowering Africa towards technological development

Empowering Africa towards technological development

Technology
Technology is the most potent form of magic the African society will ever have. This is supported by the fact that Africa is home to the world's greatest digital innovations. Ranging from agriculture, medical to education, the continent is experiencing a digital revolution which has enabled it to secure a place as a global leader in science and technology. With these great  potential & capabilities, technological investments in Africa will see the offshoot of a global economic and technological leader that can be relied on by other continents. As the number of young people developing applications and coding programs continues to grow, the African continent hungers for more technological infrastructure and developments. One of the most effective channels that Investors can

Has the potential of ICTs to reduce conflict in Africa been over-hyped?

Cyber Security, Internet, Mobile
Information and communication technologies (ICTs) and new media have often been viewed as a solution to Africa’s myriad problems, including poor governance, conflict and poverty. From the M-Pesa mobile banking system in Kenya to the aggressive adoption of e-governance in Rwanda, the role of ICTs in improving Africa’s economy and governance systems cannot be underestimated. Writes Rasna Warah on cgcsblog However, while innovations and the use of ICTs on the African continent are on the rise, they have not necessarily reduced the threat of conflict. Evidence of a direct correlation between increased ICT penetration and innovations and peace and stability on the continent is sketchy at best, and quite often anecdotal, based usually on the innovators’ own assessment of the technology and it