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Mobile money transfers have taken off in Somalia. But there are risks

A recent World Bank report showed that Somalia has one of the most active mobile money markets in the world, outpacing most other countries in Africa. It's even superseded the use of cash in the country of 14 million people. Victor Owuor asked Tim Kelly, an information and communications technology policy specialist at the World Bank and the report's author, to explain the findings and what they mean for the country.

By Victor Odundo Owuor 15 Oct 2018

#FairnessFirst: How sending girls to school changes the economy
#FairnessFirst: How sending girls to school changes the economy

Ever thought the answer to breaking the country's poverty cycle was as simple as improving basic education for females? Economist Dr Dawie Roodt explained the implications at last week's Ads24 Food for thought session.

By Leigh Andrews 15 Oct 2018

Here are the 2018 Ai Institutional Investment, Capital Market Awards winners
Here are the 2018 Ai Institutional Investment, Capital Market Awards winners

International investment group Africa investor (Ai) recently announced the 2018 winners in the Ai Institutional Investment and Capital Market Awards, held during the 12th Ai CEO Institutional Investment Summit in New York.

1 Oct 2018

AfDB releases inaugural Africa-to-Africa (A2A) Investment Report: A First Look
AfDB releases inaugural Africa-to-Africa (A2A) Investment Report: A First Look

According to a new report from the African Development Bank on inter-African trade, Africa-to-Africa (A2A) Investment Report: A First Look, opportunities for investment in Africa outweigh the obstacles. The report unearths the realities African companies face when investing in the continent, the emerging trends in A2A investment and the steps African policymakers can take to accelerate intra-African investment.

28 Sep 2018

AfDB-Cananda trade mission.
'Africa cannot be ignored'

"Given the size of its markets, growth, and huge potential across multiple sectors, Africa cannot be ignored." This was the African Development Bank President, Akinwumi Adesina's message at a public and private sector investor roundtable on Thursday in Calgary.

27 Sep 2018

Is Africa the Silicon Valley of banking?
Is Africa the Silicon Valley of banking?

According to the cofounders of TagPay Yves Eonnet and Hervé Manceron in their new analysis of the digital revolution, Fintech: The Banks Counter-attack, "Africa is the Silicon Valley of banking".

27 Sep 2018

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Digital culture makes or breaks digital transformation initiatives

What too many organisations overlook when embarking on a digital transformation is the cultural and leadership readiness for the change. Both are essential to the success of any initiative.

By Jonathan Houston 26 Sep 2018

AfCFTA will spur industrialisation
AfCFTA will spur industrialisation

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) helps promote the type of trade that produces sustainable growth, creates jobs for Africa's youth, and establishes opportunities for nurturing Africa's businesses and entrepreneurs, said Economic Commission for Africa (ECA's) David Luke, coordinator of the Africa Trade Policy Centre (ATPC).

24 Sep 2018

John Kamaro, director for Global Gaming Africa
Blockchain as a solution to Africa's challenges

Africa is rising and technology is at the forefront of growth on the continent. "We have seen the explosion of the mobile space in the continent and how it has allowed a number of services and solutions to become easier. Blockchain is about to help solve a number of issues we are currently facing in the public and private sector," says John Kamara, director for Global Gaming Africa.

By Katy Micallef 21 Sep 2018