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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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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Africa News Headlines for 17 July 2018

A selection of Africa news headlines from around the globe during the past 24 hours. Liberia, Ethiopia: Africa’s Oldest Republic and Oldest Country Sign Cooperation Agreement. Source: Global News Network South African super-telescope reveals distant galaxies and black holes Source: The Guardian It’s always a good time for Irish businesses to sell in South Africa …

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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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Using media coverage of STI to help develop Africa

By Gilbert Nakweya [NAIROBI] Policymakers and researchers have become increasingly convinced that science, technology and innovation (STI) is the key to unlocking Sub-Saharan Africa’s development potential and I tend to agree with this line of thought. Indeed, many experts are of the view that STI is a vital ingredient for socio-economic growth in the global …

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