Online tool explores climate action plans

By Baraka Rateng’ [NAIROBI] A new interactive online tool that helps countries to access and compare their priorities and ambitions related to climate action plans has been developed. The Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Explorer could contribute to the global climate action in the context of the UN climate negotiations, according to its developers. In 2013, …

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Two very different responses to Uber – Kenya and South Africa

Thando Vilakazi, University of Johannesburg and Shingie Chisoro Dube, University of Johannesburg Entry of the mobile technology ride-sharing service, Uber, into passenger transport markets across the world has brought disruptive competition with substantial benefits to consumers. Africa is no exception. Uber is currently the dominant ride-sharing app used in Africa. It has rapidly grown its …

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The mobile phone is an anti-poverty device

by Robert Colvile Imagine that you don’t have a bank account. Imagine how hard it would be to get through your life without being able to pay for goods with a tap or swipe of a card. Without your rent payments or Netflix subscription coming out of your account all by themselves, or your salary …

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Boosting STEM education for African girls and women

By Sam Otieno [NAIROBI] Mentoring girls and women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is, no doubt, viewed as one of the most central pillars for equitable and secure sustainable future of Africa. But experts, governments and several institutions have been grappling with how best this can be executed to achieve the desired goals …

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Mobile Money Has Lifted 194,000 Kenyan Households Out of Poverty

by Scott Burns In an earlier post, I showed how over the past few years M-PESA and other kinds of “mobile money” have made sending money across the world as easy as sending a text message, while also facilitating commerce and financial inclusion in developing nations around the world. It’s only recently, though, that experts …

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