The World Bank today approved a $50 million International Development Association (IDA)* credit to increase scale innovation and productivity amongst Kenya’s enterprises. The Kenya Industry and Entrepreneurship project (KIEP) is expected to benefit some 33,050 individuals and 2,393 firms. It will support the ambitious development targets outlined in Kenya’s Big Four development agenda and Vision 2030 that require significant growth in private sector jobs and overall productivity. The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, through the Kenya Industrial Transformation Program, prioritizes technology and innovation as the cornerstone for national industry development and the role that private sector firms play in driving Kenya’s industrialization. “We are committed to suppo
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
WhatsApp, the popular messaging App globally is launching a new feature that will let contacts track one another in real time. WhatsApp has come a long way since its launch as just an instant messaging application. The message service's 1.3 billion active monthly users are increasingly depending on the platform to share and communicate. It has launched another new feature that enables users to share their live location for certain period of time. The live location tracking feature, will allow users to share their movements if they're trying to find their friends or let them know they're safe. The feature, which WhatsApp said is encrypted, asks users to set a time limit on how long their location is shared for and lets them stop doing so at any time. Despite being available on
The 140-character limit is Twitter's defining feature and also its most controversial. Critics say that it makes the service confining and unfriendly to new users. Defenders say that enforced brevity is what makes the service so useful. For the first time in history, twitter is now changing its character limit. The service announced on Tuesday it is doubling its character count for tweets -- from 140 characters to 280 characters -- for some of its users. The test group will include those who tweet in certain languages, including English, Spanish and Portuguese. The cofounder and CEO Jack Dorsey has hinted at expanding the character limit before. Earlier this year, Twitter removed user handles -- a person's Twitter name preceded by the @ sign -- from replies to tweets, instead linkin...
Drivers attached to online taxi service providers have said they will down their tools on Monday to protest reduction of their wages. The drivers allied to Uber, Taxify, Little Cab and Mondo Ride say the management decided to lower their rates without consulting them. They said the strike was prompted by the improper management of their service providers with their services not to be availed until further notice. In a phone interview with Digital Taxi Association of Kenya’s (DTAK) Chair Mr. David Muteru, he echoed the above stating, “We are differing on pricing, because the prices are just not fare. The service providers commission is still high but they keep lowering the fares to accommodate customers.” When asked about the impending strike, the chair stated that they will be pre