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    Digital Disruption?: The role of ICTs in reshaping African capitalism and catalysing development

Digital Disruption?: The role of ICTs in reshaping African capitalism and catalysing development

MSc African Development students, Jon Rothwell and Faith Mwachinga, discuss the need for a robust policy framework that captures the efficiency gains and commercial advantages attributed to Africa’s digital transformation.

The rapid digitization of African economies has resulted in increased optimism around the transformative nature of ICTs and their ability to enable developing countries to successfully integrate into the global economy. However, whether these […]

August 17th, 2018|Featured, Technology|0 Comments|
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    Africa can spearhead a new technology revolution, but it will require large-scale investment from governments

Africa can spearhead a new technology revolution, but it will require large-scale investment from governments

As tech solutions by African entrepreneurs are replicated globally, Nwamaka Ogbonna points out the missing piece in the continent’s bid to leapfrog development.

 

Economists hardly agree on anything but if there is one thing most of them agree on, it is that technology and innovation are critical for economic growth and development. This perhaps explains why the latest innovations out […]

Running Mozambique’s heroin trade with WhatsApp

The “informal sector” was first observed in developing countries, then it migrated north as the “gig economy” where no one has secure jobs, and LSE’s Joseph Hanlon, in a new working paper, shows the closing loop, as Mozambique’s heroin trade is taken over by the informal sector working via apps.

Mozambique has become a major heroin transit centre, moving 40 […]

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    Using Google Trends to Measure Ethnic and Religious Identity in sub-Saharan Africa: Potentials and Limitations

Using Google Trends to Measure Ethnic and Religious Identity in sub-Saharan Africa: Potentials and Limitations

Google Trends has already been used by social science researchers to measure racism within a community. In this article LSE’s Elliott Green demonstrates how this online tool is useful in measuring other personal attributes that can be challenging to assess.

 

One of the more interesting online tools that has become available to social science researchers in recent years is Google Trends (GT), […]

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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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    Cryptocurrencies, Blockchains and Financial Access in Africa: Navigating the Promises and Perils of Technological Change

Cryptocurrencies, Blockchains and Financial Access in Africa: Navigating the Promises and Perils of Technological Change

As cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin gain importance in the economic lives of African societies, Daivi Rodima-Taylor and Malcolm Campbell-Verduyn explore the implications of this revolutionary financial technology on African countries.

 

Overlooked in much of the recent reporting on the coup in Zimbabwe were the crowds of Zimbabweans, not only cheering on the departure of Robert Mugabe, but also queuing to […]

December 18th, 2017|Featured, Finance|0 Comments|
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    An Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg: Africa deserves more from your IT initiatives

An Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg: Africa deserves more from your IT initiatives

LSE’s Kristen Hagemeister urges the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to rethink his current initiatives on the African continent to ensure they result in real transformational change.

 

Dear Mr Zuckerberg,

Your motivation to invest in Africa’s ICT industry is commendable and in your recent visits to Nigeria and Kenya, you stated your intention to listen, learn, and understand the challenges facing African […]

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    Book Review: Everyday Media Culture in Africa: Audiences and Users edited by Wendy Willems and Winston Mano

Book Review: Everyday Media Culture in Africa: Audiences and Users edited by Wendy Willems and Winston Mano

Peter Chonka argues that the volume provides stimulating contributions that highlight the importance of changing media technologies in the ‘everyday’ lives of people on the African continent.

 

Featuring rich ethnographic and textual material – ranging from the phone use of Zanzibari hijabi ‘ninjas’ to a Zimbabwean tabloid’s take on the ‘Bulawayo penis prophet’ – the publisher’s generic series cover image […]

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    Biometrics, surveillance technologies and the rise of the ‘security state’ in South Africa

Biometrics, surveillance technologies and the rise of the ‘security state’ in South Africa

Providing biometric data as a means of identification is supposed to drastically reduce fraud and identity theft, however, many are unaware that there are a number of potential dangers for users of this technology, finds Marc Davies.

Fingerprints are among our most intimate markers of identity and we are told that no two are alike. But we can lose control over how […]

March 22nd, 2017|Featured, Society|0 Comments|

How Zimbabwe Can Embrace The Future Of Work

Local contexts must be given as much prominence as global in the debate about the future of work, argues LSE’s McDonald Lewanika.

The future of work is at the centre of the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) centenary conversations for 2019 when it turns 100. This multi-sector global debate focuses on four conversations: work and society; decent jobs; organisation of work […]

January 9th, 2017|Featured, Society|0 Comments|

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