Lamin M. Manneh is director, UNDP Regional Service For Africa.
Enabling youth entrepreneurship in Africa

Although the continent's "rising narrative" began to dim with effect from 2015, when economic growth rates started declining dramatically, and it became evident that the much desired meaningful economic transformation proved elusive, the "Afro-optimism" is gradually returning. This is being fueled by renewed hopes for economic transformation, massive infrastructure developments and greater determination to leverage the continent's potentially huge youth dividend.

By Lamin M. Manneh 2 days ago

#AEC2018: Freedom of movement essential for Africa's transformation
#AEC2018: Freedom of movement essential for Africa's transformation

KIGALI, Rwanda - For millions of ordinary travellers, inter-African travel is still too often a nightmare. Be it border hassles, lack of road or air routes linking key cities, or the frustrations of being refused entry to a country because of visas, the end result is to curtail the free movement of people, viewed by the African Development Bank as one of the pillars of regional integration.

2 days ago

#AEC2018: Africa's "easy decade" of economic growth is over
#AEC2018: Africa's "easy decade" of economic growth is over

KIGALI, Rwanda - Africa must focus on its big resource for growth - its young people and accelerated job opportunities, experts urged at the African Economic Conference (AEC) 2018.

3 days ago

#AEC2018: Africa's integration is no longer a choice
#AEC2018: Africa's integration is no longer a choice

KIGALI, Rwanda - Participants to the 13th African Economic Conference called for African countries to leverage the full range of their strengths and resources to accelerate the region's drive towards continental integration.

5 Dec 2018

The growth of Instagram among world leaders
The growth of Instagram among world leaders

Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo is Sub-Saharan Africa's most followed leader on Instagram with 431,000 followers, ahead of Rwanda's President Paul Kagame and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, with more than 165,000 followers each.

5 Dec 2018

Africa's mobile money ecosystem connects to China
Africa's mobile money ecosystem connects to China

Africa's largest mobile money ecosystem has connected to China's largest payment service in real-time, with the partnership between Family Bank in Kenya and SimbaPay, launching instant transfers to China's WeChat.

5 Dec 2018

Netflix is extending its library of original African content
Netflix is extending its library of original African content

African subscribers of Netflix will soon be able to watch local shows. The global streaming giant has planned to add original series from Africa next year to its ever-growing roster.

4 Dec 2018

Snapchat expands MENA video library
Snapchat expands MENA video library

Broadcasters are working on popular series for Snapchat's Discover page, with 32 shows across entertainment, sport and food. Each show is about five minutes long with a clear narrative, motion graphics, split screens and quick cuts. Examples are Scoop with Raya from MBC and the Tareq Show from Rotana Media Group.

4 Dec 2018

12 African social enterprises awarded funding from Google
12 African social enterprises awarded funding from Google

Twelve non-profits and social enterprises from Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, were each awarded a share of $2m in grant funding from Google in the first Google Impact Challenge Africa.

4 Dec 2018

Search is on for Africa's best innovators and makers
Search is on for Africa's best innovators and makers

TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa 2018, taking place in Lagos, Nigeria, is searching for Sub-Saharan Africa's best innovators, makers and technical entrepreneurs. Facebook is returning as the headline sponsor.

3 Dec 2018

Africa Forum to focus on youth, women entrepreneurship
Africa Forum to focus on youth, women entrepreneurship

CAIRO, Egypt - Government and private sector to get together at the Africa 2018 Forum in Sharm El Sheikh to foster greater regional integration through investments and cross border collaboration.

3 Dec 2018

Lionel Reina, chief executive officer, APO Group.
New APO CEO to take group global

A new CEO for the APO Group heralds a global expansion for the group, one of the largest media and communications powerhouses on the African continent, as well as a focus on digital.

3 Dec 2018

Sabre trophies.
Africa SABRE PR awards call for entry

KIGALI, Rwanda - Entries for Africa's continent-wide public relations award, the African SABRE Awards, are now open.

3 Dec 2018