Somaliland shows how Africa can lead in voting technology

Calestous Juma, Harvard University Africa has become a testing ground for technological leapfrogging. This is a process that involves skipping stages and moving rapidly to the frontiers of innovation. Technological leapfrogging in Africa has, so far, focused on economic transformation and the improvement of basic services. Drones are a good example: they’re used in the …

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Panel formed to advise Africa on use of technologies

By Munyaradzi Makoni [CAPE TOWN] A ten-member panel has been appointed by the outgoing chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission to advise the continent on use of existing and emerging technologies for economic development. According to the AU Commission’s implementing agency, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), African countries need to strengthen legal …

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How prizes encourage African farmers to embrace innovation

Calestous Juma, Harvard University Africa must transform agriculture to meet its food security needs and contribute to economic transformation. But change in this sector is usually slow. It is often bedevilled by popular opposition to the use of new technologies. In my new book, “Innovation and Its Enemies: Why People Resist New Technologies”, I argue …

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Time for Africa to transition from extractive to learning economies

Calestous Juma, Harvard University The current slump in world commodity prices is forcing Africa to rethink its traditional dependence on raw material exports. This is why the time for African nations to lay the foundations for transitioning from extractive to learning economies is now. The jolts are real. The International Monetary Fund has projected that …

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