Green revolution: Harnessing earth, wind and fire

Photo©©PAUL LANGROCK/ZENIT-LAIF-REAOnly one in four Africans have access to electricity according to World Bank estimations, making the energy shortfall one of the most critical barriers to continental development.

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Big leaps from the platform: mobile money and Ushahidi

Photo©©SVEN TORFINN/PANOS-REAKenya's mobile-money transfer platform M-Pesa and crowdsourcing platform Ushahidi are two technology innovations that have put the East African country on the global technology map.

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Zimbabwe creates fund for technology innovation

Information Technology minister Supa Mandiwanzira. Photo©ScreenShotZimbabwe has set up a $25 million fund supported by all registered telecommunications companies to promote technological innovation.

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Niger's big boost to up-and coming SME shoots

Photos© All rights reservedPutting together an innovative start-up is one thing. Making sure it is profitable and sustainable is another. This is where Niger's sole SME incubator steps in

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Innovation in technology changing development in Africa

Photo©ReutersAfrica's technology experts, decision makers and innovators are gathering in Cape Town this week to look at the growth areas of technology on the continent.

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Bankers without borders in Kenya

Photos© Sven Torfinn/Panos-ReaA recurrent agenda topic among executives of Kenya's top commercial banks in recent months has become that of bolstering market shares in neighbouring East African economies.

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Industry: The third revolution

Photos©Mikkel Ostergaard/Panos-ReaRenewable energy, the sharing economy and transportation innovation are reshaping economies across the world. Will Africa be able to leapfrog
in its development to build revolutionary electricity, manufacturing and transportation networks?

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Retail: Foreign and local chains grab a piece of the Kenyan market

Photos©Simon Maina/AFPLocal firms are innovating and offering new products, but they are not all prepared for the competition from large retailers from the continent and beyond

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South African taxi operators up in arms over Uber

Photo©ReutersThe introduction of the Uber taxi service has angered South Africa taxi operators in major cities like Johannesburg and Cape Town who say it is undermining their businesses.

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Africa's development: How to get there, fast

Donald Kaberuka, President of African Development BankAfrica needs quality education and a reliable power infrastructure to realise its growth potential, high profile panelists told more than 800 business and political leaders at The Africa CEO Forum in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Technology: A Moroccan payment systems progress

Over the past two decades, HPS has pulled itself up through the ranks of Moroccan information technology companies.

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South Africa: Stellenbosch, a city's growing ecosystem

Vineyards and start-ups: Could this be a new Silicon Valley? Photo©Peter Titmuss/AlamyHome to Mxit and new venture capital funds, the South African city is becoming a centre of innovation.

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Innovation: We don't sell technology, we sell the application - Bob Collymore

Bob Collymore, CEO of Safaricom. Photo©Bruno Levy for JACall them old-fashioned, but Kenyans are still using their mobile phones for talking. The head of Safaricom, Bob Collymore, however, has other plans.

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14th CODESRIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY: Creating African Futures in an Era of Global Transformations: Challenges and Prospects

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa will hold its 14th General Assembly from 15th to 19th December 2014 in Dakar, Senegal under the theme 'Creating African Futures in an Era of Global Transformations: Challenges and Prospects.

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Kenya, a crucible of technology and business

Photo©ReutersKenya is a frontrunner in technology and communications, but it must not slacken pace: the next decade will throw up opportunities to succeed in the global arena.

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Research to resolve the grand challenges in Africa

Kamal Bhattacharya, Director, IBM Research-Africa labUnited States-based technology firm IBM is launching a lab in Kenya to work on researching technological solutions to development problems. Kamal Bhattacharya, the director of IBM Research-Africa, argues that tech companies must be based in Africa and work closely with government to find solutions to development problems.

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Trendhunter: App brings nollywood films to mobile screens

Bringing the latest nollywood trailers, short films, feature films and music videos to smartphones and tablets, Nigerian app afrinolly is much more than an African version of the internet movie Database.

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Innovative Finance: The pitch's the thing

Allon Raiz, Chief executive of Raizcorp, which is supporting more than 400 businesses. Photo©All Rights ReservedThere is more money chasing good business ideas than there are good ideas chasing money.

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What to watch in 2013

The headline events in 2013 – political upsets in national elections, multibillion-dollar mineral and oil deals, new threats for US and African forces along the Sahelian belt – will concentrate the minds of policymakers and journalists.

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Museveni hits out at NGOs for derailing Uganda's oil production

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has accused some non-governmental organisations, whom he accuses of trying to derail oil exploration in the East African country.

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