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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Tanzania’s social media policing stirs risk of abuse

Charlotte Cross, The Open University Access to digital information and communications technologies has increased dramatically over the past decade across Africa. In Tanzania, 87% of urban residents report using a mobile phone every day. In addition, 34% of the population access the internet. The vast majority use their mobile phones to do so. Prepaid bundles …

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Mobile phones disrupt teaching & learning in Africa

Gina Porter, Durham University Mobile phones have become ubiquitous in Africa. Among younger users, basic phones are most common. But more pupils are accessing smartphones that can connect to the internet – and taking them along to school. Phones are often used in school whether they’re allowed or not. Although they can enable valuable access …

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How sexting is creating a safe space for curious millennials

Melissa Meyer, University of Cape Town Millennials have become cyborgs. They exist far beyond biology and through a variety of technological devices which don’t function as external entities but as a platform and backdrop to their daily lives. They were born between 1980 and 2000, and are regarded by researchers as an open-minded, responsive and …

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Top African science stories of July-December 2015

By Bernard Appiah Health and food security stories were among our most popular in the second half of 2016, writes Bernard Appiah. Africa’s most popular science and technology stories published by SciDev.Net’s Sub-Saharan Africa English regional edition in the second half of 2015, based on number of visits reflect the continent’s efforts at fighting diseases …

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