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Top-10 Artificial Intelligence Startups in Africa - Nanalyze
"A recent paper published by Access Partnership and the University of Pretoria points out four important sectors where AI could greatly benefit Africa’s nations – agriculture, healthcare, public services, and financial services. The paper also highlights existing structural challenges that hamper AI development including little broadband coverage, inflexible education systems, and a lack of big data. Still, there are initiatives focused on overcoming these hurdles, and Google recently opened an AI research lab in Ghana, the first of its kind on the continent, led by ex-Facebook researcher Moustapha Cisse."

"Founded in 2014, Cape Town, South Africa startup Aerobotics has raised $4.8 million to develop a geospatial intelligence platform that enables pest and disease detection in tree crops using drones, satellite imagery, and of course artificial intelligence to interpret all the big data that’s being collected."
Nanalyze  AI  Africa  South-Africa  agriculture 
april 2019 by pierredv
Cold comfort farms - Farming in Africa - 2013
"Yet Africa’s huge potential clashes with a brutal reality documented in a new report from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), a think-tank with headquarters in Kenya. Take the cost of fertiliser, for instance. Farmers in America pay a price on delivery of $226 per tonne. But in Zambia the price is $414. Shipping costs explain only a small part of the difference. The rest is accounted for by port duties, bribes, storage fees, fuel costs, the importer’s mark-up and the credit charges racked up as the fertiliser makes its tortuous journey from port to farm."
farming  agriculture  TheEconomist  Africa 
february 2019 by pierredv
As more Africans reach for web, more leaders reach for ‘off’ switch - CSMonitor.com Jan 2019
"Internet shutdowns are a blunt instrument of repression, but as access to the web mushrooms across Africa, they’re also becoming a more popular one"

"Today, the internet is an increasingly essential part of the economies of many African countries, from mobile payments for daily groceries to e-commerce. But with that growth, it is also becoming a tool for social change, prompting governments to take increasingly bold moves to muzzle it – with sometimes unforeseen consequences."
CSMonitor  Africa  internet  censorship 
january 2019 by pierredv
Voice of a nation: How Juba Arabic helps bridge a factious South Sudan - CSMonitor.com Nov 2018
"Juba Arabic isn’t just the language spoken by more South Sudanese than any other. It is a tongue that has grown up alongside the country, the witness and stenographer to its difficult history."
language  politics  Africa  CSMonitor 
december 2018 by pierredv
Satellite Internet in Rural Sub-Saharan Africa: a Reality Check | LinkedIn, Eric Anderson, Sep 2017
"Here are my partly-informed observations based on several short visits to one small area of rural sub-Saharan Africa since 2010. In summary:
1. Satellite coverage is beginning to appear, but it’s spotty, expensive and limited,
2. Mobile terrestrial network use is widespread and growing and
3. There are other more immediate challenges unrelated to internet access."

"One intriguing offering is hybrid terrestrial-satellite connectivity with intelligent switchover and appropriate utilization of download and upload capacities as promoted by companies like Forsway, and in the thinking of larger entities like Facebook and OneWeb."
satellite  Africa  GEO  MEO  LEO  OneWeb  Kenya 
november 2017 by pierredv
November/December 2017 - Can MENA Do NewSpace? | Via Satellite Nov 2017
"The interest in the NewSpace movement has been gaining momentum all over the world and the MENA region is no exception. With talk of space ranging from enabling emerging nations to enhance their communications infrastructure to missions to Mars, this is a fertile region for NewSpace, with varying ambitions from country to country"

"With NewSpace comes the notion of the democratization of space — a feeling that space is for all and that if there is a desire to become part of it, then this can become reality. The rise of private companies (and private money) in space has meant that developments are being pushed on quickly."

"South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Ethiopia all have national space agencies, and there are other African nations calling for the initiation of space agencies such as Sudan."
ViaSatellite  NewSpace  Africa  CubeSats  South-Africa  UAE 
november 2017 by pierredv
Great strides have been made against disease and poverty - Generation games, Sep 2017
“Over the next few decades the fertility gap between Africa and the rest of the world is expected to narrow, but only excruciatingly slowly. . . . This demographic divergence is a big reason to fear that poverty will stick around. Today 9% of the world’s people are believed to live in extreme poverty—defined as consuming less than $1.90 a day at 2011 purchasing-power parity. About half of those people are under 18. This represents remarkable progress: in 1990 about 35% of all people were thought to be extremely poor by the same yardstick. But progress will probably be much slower from now on. . . . Although the share of Africans living in deep poverty is falling, it is not falling quickly enough to outweigh rapid population growth.”
TheEconomist  GatesFoundation  development-assistance  health  Africa 
november 2017 by pierredv
Donald Trump and Africa | Global Policy Watch - Nov 2016
"For Africa, at stake in this election of Donald Trump is the strong bipartisan consensus in Congress that has been the cornerstone of U.S. policy toward the continent for the last three administrations."
Covington  Africa  Trump 
november 2016 by pierredv
Submarine cables in Sub-Saharan Africa: terrestrial networks need to keep up - Newsletter – Analysys Mason Quarterly - News | Analysys Mason
"Every country on the African continent apart from the Central African Republic, Eritrea and South Sudan has some form of fibre connectivity to one or more submarine cable landing stations and a large majority of countries have more than one national fibre network.1 However, many of these networks have been built by mobile operators for their own use, rather than for resale, while others are owned by national governments and utility companies that often lack the skills or the inclination to market them effectively to third-party ISPs and other commercial users. ... Only five countries (Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe) can be said to have effective competition among multiple players." "there is a 'chicken-and-egg' problem with low demand: because the cost of operating a long-distance fibre network is largely fixed, low demand tends to keep prices high, which in turn discourages take-up."
AnalysysMason  fiber  Africa  broadband  World  Bank  PPP 
may 2014 by pierredv
'Extreme Makeover' with chicken coops and compost: Welcome to Kenyan reality TV - CSMonitor.com
"With 11 million viewers, a reality TV show in East Africa is helping build prosperity by offering small farmers advice." "In the US, reality TV is replete with spoiled teenagers, extreme eating challenges, and arguing roommates. Here in Kenya, though, an innovative show is putting aside ratings-grabbing petty squabbling and trying to do good: helping small farmers back from the brink of poverty. Now in its fourth season, the show, "Shamba Shape Up,” has become hugely popular in East Africa. Think “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” – but with chicken coops and composting."
farming  Africa  Kenya  CSMonitor 
january 2014 by pierredv
Somalia’s mighty shilling: Hard to kill | The Economist Mar 2012
"USE of a paper currency is normally taken to be an expression of faith in the government that issues it. Once the solvency of the issuer is in doubt, anyone holding its notes will quickly try to trade them in for dollars, jewellery or, failing that, some commodity with enduring value (when the rouble collapsed in 1998 some factory workers in Russia were paid in pickles). The Somali shilling, now entering its second decade with no real government or monetary authority to speak of, is a splendid exception to this rule."
money  finance  Africa  TheEconomist 
april 2012 by pierredv
A second digital dividend in Africa: hurry up and slow down - Insight - News | Analysys Mason Group April 2012
Subject to further study and agreement, the 700MHz band has recently been allocated to mobile broadband in Africa, Europe and the Middle East from 2015. While this has the potential to accelerate deployment of high-speed broadband and is a welcome development for broadband enthusiasts, we shouldn’t forget that brakes (in the form of slow digital switchover) are being applied at the same time.
Africa  DigitalDividend  cellular  700MHz  AnalysysMason 
april 2012 by pierredv
Exploiting the Digital Dividend – an African approach | Analysys Mason Oct 2011
"The World Radiocommunications Conference 2012 (WRC-12), a four week marathon of spectrum policy, will be held in Geneva early next year. As African countries prepare they should be asking themselves: how will we be investing our ‘Digital Dividend’?"
cellular  digitaldividend  UHF  africa  mobile  TV  AnalysysMason 
october 2011 by pierredv
Rural roll-out, White Spaces and Wi-Fi = Issue no 549 8th April 2011 | balancingact-africa.com
Rural roll-out, White Spaces and Wi-Fi: Scottish Isles meets Africa on the same road to providing service to scattered populations
whitespaces  africa  wi-fi 
september 2011 by pierredv
An index of African governance: A rum old mix | The Economist
four main criteria: “safety and the rule of law” (looking at the murder rate and corruption, among other things); “participation and human rights” (that little matter of being able peacefully to chuck out a bad government); “sustainable economic opportunity” (including such things as fiscal management, free markets and inflation); and “human development”
governance  africa  TheEconomist 
october 2010 by pierredv
M-PESA mobile money
Only 4 million Kenyans have bank accounts. But 10 million people in the country now use the M-PESA money transfer service. This short film shows how mobile money is changing the face of banking in Kenya
x:CGAP  money  finance  africa  Kenya  ** 
august 2010 by pierredv
DataDyne.org | Global Development 2.0
tagline: "We get data"
about: "Leading the mobile/web revolution in global development"
Flagship product: episurveyor
development  health  africa  sms  mobile 
november 2009 by pierredv
Mo Ibrahim = Tea with The Economist
An optimistic yet clearsighted assessment of governance in Africa
africa  philanthropy  **  TheEconomist 
october 2009 by pierredv
A smarter way to combat hunger : Nature opinion piece
"Traditional approaches to supplying food are an inefficient 'band aid', says Pedro A. Sanchez. New evidence shows that helping farmers to help themselves is more effective and would be six times cheaper. After decades of progress in the fight to vanquish world hunger, the number of undernourished people is growing again. Estimates from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations suggest that 963 million people1 in poor countries are chronically or acutely hungry — up 109 million from 2004 estimates2." For more, see podcast transcript http://www.nature.com/nature/podcast/v458/n7235/nature-2009-03-12.html
africa  food  hunger  NatureJournal 
may 2009 by pierredv
Zimbabaloola in Zimbabwe - Letter from Harare
analysis of why/how Mugabe remains in power, 22/4/08
africa  zimbabwe  politics 
april 2008 by pierredv
Ron Eglash Home Page
via TED research topics: African Fractals Native American Cybernetics Culturally Situated Design Tools Community Informatics Communication Studies Race/Ethnicity in Science and Technology Appropriating Technology: vernacular science and social power
profile  maths  culture  Africa 
january 2008 by pierredv

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