Tech-driven agriculture holds promise for African youth

Tech-driven agriculture holds promise for African youth

From the agricultural use of drones in Mozambique to solar irrigation systems in Niger, the African continent is embracing digital technologies to boost its food productivity and profitably – and that only becomes a more critical goal as young populations grow across the coming decades. That’s one reason why youth…

Bill Gates names his Top 10 ‘breakthrough technologies’

Bill Gates names his Top 10 ‘breakthrough technologies’

Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates has named 10 breakthrough technologies that will help to reinvent the future, and listed them in a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Review article published Wednesday. Gates said he first thought of the plow, in use since 4000 BCE, while contemplating how technologies create…

Osinbajo touts tech at Google for Nigeria

Osinbajo touts tech at Google for Nigeria

African youth and the continent’s future will shape the planet in coming decades, and technology is the key to unlock that potential, said Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo during the Google for Nigeria event in Lagos. “In Nigeria, we cannot train our nearly 200 million young people by 2045, in…

PASET forum on advancing STEM education wraps up in Nairobi

About 200 experts and policy decision makers wrapped up a conference on science and technology in Nairobi on Friday.  Kenya hosted leaders from 19 countries across sub-Saharan Africa who connected with their counterparts from China and other “innovation nations.” The Partnership for Skills in the Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET)’s…

Viber opens Public Chats in Africa

Viber, the free calling and messaging app announced that it as opened its latest social channel, Public Chats in Africa and the Middle East. The app has over 644 million unique users and public chats enables influential figures throughout the world to “reach local and regional audiences”, reported AFK Insider….

South Africa: #SaveWhatsApp

South Africans have hit back at a proposal to protect the country’s mobile service providers against competition from free communication apps. A South African women’s magazine, All4Women created the petition fighting to prevent telecoms from regulating free to use services (after downloaded) such as WhatsApp and Skype, known as over-the-top (OTT)…

How tech is changing international development

Technology is not often the first thing that comes to mind when we think of international development. Usually we are more focused on overarching ideas like clean drinking water or halting a disease that was eradicated in the developed world decades ago. But in reality, some of the very same…

Andy Prinsen and Alexis Barnes

Andy Prinsen is a writer and multimedia producer based in Denver, Colorado. He has a Masters degree in public affairs and bachelors in journalism. @andyalacarte. Alexis Barnes is a multimedia journalist currently working in development in Zambia. @AlexisKReports.

Women advancing Africa – are the SDGs achievable?

Women’s rights have not only been a hot topic around the world but they are increasingly discussed in numerous forums around Africa. From education to technology Africa is looking at how women can contribute to their communities and create change. The “Pink Potential Initiative” focuses on the impact women in…

Disruption in the Telecommunication Industry: African telecom firms must innovate

In 1994 when mobile telephony started in Africa, telecommunication revolved around the rich. Between 1994 and 2014, mobile phone subscribers across Africa rose to 329 million and revenue from voice, message and data crossed $75billion mark in 2013 contributing 5.4% of sub-Sahara Africa GDP. And today, Africa is the largest…

Erukilede Julius

Erukilede Julius is a legal practitioner, entrepreneur and energy professional.

Five Ugandan women create women’s health app

Five women from Makerere University in Uganda have created a test kit that connects to an app on smartphone which detects harmful vaginal bacteria that can cause bacterial vaginosis and other infections, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. They posted a video on YouTube in which the team know as the…