Africa

Scaling Internet-Based Startups in African Markets

Title: Scaling Internet-Based Startups in African Markets
Author: Will Mutua
Source: Afrinnovator
Date (published): 02/05/2013
Date (accessed): 03/05/2013
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The difficulty of doing Internet business in many African markets is that one may likely find that they have significant challenges with market development in addition to product development. In fact, it may well be that product development is the easiest piece of the puzzle relative to the task of market development.

mHealth "could save a million African lives by 2017"

Title: mHealth "could save a million African lives by 2017"
Author: Maina Waruru
Source: SciDevNet
Date (published): 10/04/2013
Date (accessed): 10/04/2013
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Mobile health (mHealth) applications such as text messages could save more than a million lives in Sub-Saharan Africa over the next five years, according to the report of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) India.

10 African Innovation Incubators To Watch

Title: 10 African Innovation Incubators To Watch
Author: Chris Tredger
Source: IT News Africa
Date (published): 05/04/2013
Date (accessed): 08/04/2013
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: In this list the author explore several high profile communities from across Africa, listed according to criteria that includes online presence, level of service/s, impact on socio-economic development, size, focus, cost and length of time in existence.

Making aid work for education in developing countries. An analysis of aid effectiveness for primary education coverage and quality

Title: Making aid work for education in developing countries. An analysis of aid effectiveness for primary education coverage and quality
Author: Kassandra Birchler, Katharina Michaelowa
Source: Zunia
Date (published): 15/03/2013
Date (accessed): 24/03/2013
Type of information: WIDER Working Paper No. 2013/021
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: This paper examines the effect of education aid on primary enrolment and education quality. Using the most recent data on aid disbursements and econometric specifications inspired by the general aid effectiveness literature, we find some evidence that donors’ increase in funding has substantially contributed to the successful increase in enrolment over the last 15 years. The most robust effect is obtained by aid for education facilities and training. In addition, we find complementarities between aid for primary and secondary education. Our qualitative comparative analysis of education quality also highlights the relevance of a balanced mix of educational expenditures.

Three types of incubators in Africa

Title: Three types of incubators in Africa
Author: Benjamin Bertenbreiter
Source: Venture Capital for Africa
Date (published): 13/03/2013
Date (accessed): 16/03/2013
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Incubators, accelerators, co-working spaces, and technology hubs have sprung up all across Africa, all claiming to be the right entity to fuel entrepreneurial activity in their region. This article describes three types of institutions active in the African incubation sector.

The real Africa is not English, nor French, nor Portuguese

Title: The real Africa is not English, nor French, nor Portuguese
Source: IT News Africa
Date (published): 22/02/2013
Date (accessed): 25/02/2013
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: As more and more companies line up to enter Africa, the world’s second most populous continent with a rising middle class of more than 300 million, companies with language localisation strategies will enjoy early-mover advantage.

The European Union and the African Union - A statistical portrait 2012 Edition

Title: The European Union and the African Union - A statistical portrait 2012 Edition
Pages: 100 pp.
ISBN: 978-92-79-27027-7
Publisher: Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2012
Date (published): 05/12/2012
Date (accessed): 08/12/2012
Type of information: General and regional statistics
Language: English
On-line access: yes (pdf)
Abstract: This "statistical portrait" presents, in 100 pages, a broad comparison between the situation of the European Union, including EFTA members and Candidate Countries, and the African Union and its member states. The publication is jointly produced by Eurostat and the Statistical Division of the African Union Commission (AUSTAT) on the basis of data from both organisations. With data up to and including the year 2011, this "portrait" includes various domains such as demography, health, education, national accounts, trade, and more. Tables in the eight chapters help the user to gain a detailed view on different aspects, such as mobile phone subscriptions, number of teachers, life expectancy, GDP, tourism, etc. An overview chapter presenting statistical comparisons with the rest of the world is also included.

Microsoft to invest $75-million for African digital access

Title: Microsoft to invest $75-million for African digital access
Source: IT News Africa
Date (published): 04/12/2012
Date (accessed): 08/12/2012
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: During the closing keynote of Microsoft’s Partners in Learning Global Forum over the weekend, the technology giant announced that it has started an initiative and partnership called Youth Spark – Spark a Child’s digital future. As part of the agreement between Microsoft, World Vision and the British Counsel, the three companies will implement an investment of $75-million with NGOs to give digital access to kids for the first time throughout developing nations.

Information explosion offers opportunities

Title: Information explosion offers opportunities
Source: IT News Africa
Date (published): 22/11/2012
Date (accessed): 26/11/2012
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The world contains an unimaginably vast amount of digital information which is getting ever vaster ever more rapidly. Facebook alone is home to 40 billion photos, 864 000 hours of videos are uploaded to Youtube every day, and in one day, enough information is consumed by Internet traffic to fill 168 million DVDs.

Open Access Debates – get talking

Title: Open Access Debates – get talking
Source: The African Commons Project
Date (published): 20/11/2012
Date (accessed): 23/11/2012
Type of information: Event
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: A series of interesting and thought-provoking debates is scheduled to launch on 27 November. Funded by DFID and hosted on UNESCO’s WSIS Open Access Community Forum, the discussion will provide a valuable space to discuss different perspectives on what open access means for the developing world and what it can offer.

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