Mobile phones the pathway to internet in Africa

Indra de Lanerolle, University of the Witwatersrand There is abundant evidence that poorer people in Africa are now using the internet. In South Africa, most new users come from low income households, many of them living below the poverty line. The main driver of this trend is declining costs. Most people in Africa connect to …

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Africa News Headlines for 24 April 2015

Sudan changes law that left rape victims punished for adultery: TRFN Source: Reuters Israel refuses visa to South African cabinet minister en route to Palestinian Authority Source: Haaretz Refugees from Burundi flow into Rwanda as tensions mount Source: 12NewsNow/AP Tigo offers Tanzanians first 4G service Source: Ventures Africa What next for Africa’s kidnapped girls? Source: …

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How interactive radio is reshaping politics in Africa

By Imogen Mathers [Republished under a Creative Commons license from SciDev.Net.] If you are unable to listen to this audio, please update your browser or click here to download the file [3.7MB]. The powerful combination of interactive radio and mobile phones is a force for political change in East Africa, says researcher Sharath Srinivasan in …

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Africa News Headlines for 2 March 2015

The United States Congratulates Lesotho on Peaceful Election Source: U.S. Department of State S. Korea moves to root out IUU fishing in W. Africa Source Yonhap News Agency Namibian president wins African leadership prize Source: The Island Packet/AP U.S. plays catch-up to boost trade with East Africa Source: Blouin News ‘Africa’s Internet Penetration to Hit …

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Africa News Headlines for 19 February 2015

Cannes: ‘Timbuktu’ Director Abderrahmane Sissako to Head Student, Short Films Jury Source: The Hollywood Reporter Earnings from mobile money in sub-Saharan Africa to hit $1.5 billion Source: The Guardian Nigeria “Morocco’s anti-extremism strategy a model to follow” Source: Z News Fake South African cops arrested in Botswana Source: Times Live Lungu urges envoys to strengthen …

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