Africa News

April 24, 2014

Drought Insurance for Kenyan Cattle Farmers?

Insurance is a common way of life for most societies. American farmers are insured for a myriad of potential losses, from drought to flood. Not so with the farmers in Kenya who are predominantly Islam and whose sharia laws do not sanction insurance. Insurance, according to the Islam point of […]
May 21, 2013
Save the Children

Drug Manufacturers Embrace Philanthropy

The pharmaceutical industry has been weathering public controversies for decades, not only in dealing with damage control on countless patents that are either proven to be ineffective or dangerous, but also with the crushing cost of their drugs in developing countries. This last point has been painfully obvious with anti-malarial […]
May 2, 2013
West and Africa building partenerships

Africa’s New Models in Philanthropy

The recent Madonna debacle in Malawi – centered around a statement sent from the State House erroneously labeling the singer as a pompous attention-seeker for her charity work (who would have thought?) – has led to a much larger investigative look at the role philanthropy now plays in Africa. I recently read […]
February 20, 2013
4Afrika

Getting Kenya Online

Connecting rural parts of Africa to the Internet is changing lives dramatically – helping healthcare providers with location analysis, weather information for farmers and teaching children in ways previously unimaginable. Countries like Kenya have been seeing the benefit of frontline technological advances for several years, and the developments keep coming. Recently […]
January 27, 2013
Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu - SoleRebels

Limitations Lead to Innovations

The press has been awash with stories from the African continent in the last few years – and not the usual fair concerning famine, war and privations. Rather, many countries in Africa are taking what they have, technologically, and innovating, in exciting world-beating ways. We’ve highlighted the mobile phone revolution […]
January 10, 2013
Katherine Lucey

Women are Leading Light in Africa

It is often argued that limitations are the fuel for creativity – innovation and ambition not being reliant upon access to technological tools or even much financial support. If the above idea is true, then Africa’s advances in the last five years are proof positive that willful ingenuity is the […]
September 3, 2012
African Girl

Kenya’s Tech Revolution

It’s ironic that the African continent creates some of the most positive, innovative technological advancements, and at the same time most of its inhabitants don’t have function broadband capabilities. It’s been said that necessity is the mother of invention, and in Kenya at least, frontiers are routinely being pushed in […]
May 8, 2012
Africa

Curing Africa’s Water Scarcity

Recently reported in the news, scientists have discovered massive underground reserves of water throughout the continent of Africa. This initially seems like a fairy tale ‘science find,’ and in some ways it is. And it isn’t just Africa that is looking at a very serious problem in the upcoming years, […]
March 19, 2012
Dr Hamadoun Touré

Millennium Development Goals and the Magic of Broadband

It’s perhaps revelatory to think that mobile broadband technology can help eradicate hunger, disease and other long-established life extinguishers; many believe that getting the world ‘connected’ could be the answer to some of the planet’s most persistent and devastating problems. Dr Hamadoun Touré, the secretary-general of the International Telecommunication Union […]