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    ‘Smart’ connected Africa leverages technology to promote growth but will ICT be Africa’s saving grace in development?

‘Smart’ connected Africa leverages technology to promote growth but will ICT be Africa’s saving grace in development?

Okechukwu Okorie explores the potential impact ICT could have on development in African countries.

Conversations in the past two decades within academia, the media and policymakers have mostly centred on relatively new concepts driven, largely, by globalisation. These include the fourth Industrial Revolution, popularly described as Industry 4.0 and, for Africa – policymakers, stakeholders and the media alike – the Africa Rising narrative, one […]

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    When mobile meets modular: pay-as-you-go solar energy in rural Africa

When mobile meets modular: pay-as-you-go solar energy in rural Africa

Dr Jeremy Wakeford discusses an energy revolution that is underway in parts of Africa.

 

One of the most pressing developmental challenges in sub-Saharan Africa is the dire need for modern energy services among the energy-poor, low-income communities who are beyond the reach of economically viable electricity grids. Some three-quarters of Africa’s rural population lack access to electricity, forcing them to […]

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