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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Cell Phones Saved Africa from State Phone Monopolies

by Marian L. Tupy A colleague of mine recently alerted me to the following quote from Charles Moore’s Margaret Thatcher: At Her Zenith. As Thatcher’s official biographer, Moore remembered, In 1981, the present author bought his first house. It had no telephone and he wished to install one, but was told by [British Telecom] that …

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Africa News Headlines for 20 April 2015

Guinea’s president bears the weight of what Ebola has done to his country Source: The Washington Post A Language of Their Own: Swahili and Its Influences Source: Harvard Political Review Use of Kiswahili in public schools hurting students’ performance – don Source: IPP Media Why francophone Africa lags in start-ups Source: Tech Central Internet Solutions …

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Africa News Headlines for 28 January 2015

Are 60% of sex workers in South Africa HIV-positive? Source: The South African AFRICOM Commander Wants Full Counterinsurgency Plan for Boko Haram Source: Defense One Data Providers Need To Step Up To Africa’s Internet Demand Source: Ventures Africa China defends aid role in Africa Source: Business Recorder African students show progress Source: The Whig Are …

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Interview with Karol Boudreaux on prospects for African economic development

“Americans tend not to think about very many places outside of America, so I’m not sure how many Americans are thinking about Africa,” said Karol Boudreaux, director of investments for the Omidyar Network, “but if they do think about Africa, I think it’s mostly in a humanitarian sense. It’s a shame if Americans don’t recognize …

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