TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIAL INNOVATION COMMENTARY

Development in technology and social innovation are moving at a fast pace on the African continent. This section of EI seeks to inform Ethiopian innovators on some of these developments on a regular basis and inspire them to also explore opportunities in this area.
 

Technology and social innovation- commentary

The Innovative Finance Lab "Capturing the "Missing Middle"

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An interview with the architects of the program by Addis Fortune newspaperGizachew Sisay: The innovative finance lab initiated by the UNDP in collaboration with the National Bank of Ethiopia. They realised that the micro-small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) have been underserved or have less access ...
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TIDJANE THIAM; AFRICA IS IN A BATTLE FOR INNOVATION

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Tidjane Thiam: ‘Africa is engaged in a battle for innovation’A conversation with Tidjane ThiamBy African Business. Published on April 12, 2022Few African executives can unroll a CV as glittering as former Credit Suisse CEO Tidjane Thiam. As he approaches his 60th birthday, what's next in his ...
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Entrepreneurship and innovation: Proposed solutions for the change and reconstruction needed in Africa

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Mélio Tinga, 2021 Blog4Dev winner from Mozambique.This is one of 38 winning blogs from the 2021 Blog4Dev competition, the World Bank Africa annual writing contest, inviting young people to weigh in on a topic critical to their country’s economic development. Blog4Dev winners responded to the ...
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Drunk on Technology, Knowledge Acquisition, Developing World Forgets Innovation

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By Asegid Getachew (assistant professor and research scholar at Andhra University. He can be reached at asewoldeam@gmail.com)Businesses operate in a very competitive and dynamic environment. Technological processes, product concepts and designs, and consumer tastes keep changing with time. To ...
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Women-Led Tech Startups on the Rise in Africa

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Photo: Andela / Mohini UfeliTolu Komolafe, co-founder of the Ladies in Tech organization based in Lagos, Nigeria. Photo: Andela / Mohini UfeliOn the surface, sub-Saharan Africa boasts the world’s highest rate of women entrepreneurs, at 27%. The MasterCard Index of Women Entrepreneurs 2017 listed ...
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How Socially-led Innovation Can Bring Positive Change in Unchartered Times

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By Muhammad Nabil, Partners and Startups Strategy Lead: Microsoft 4AfrikaThere’s an old and somewhat overused saying attributed to Winston Churchill that is nevertheless appropriate in these uncertain times: never let a good crisis go to waste. A global pandemic certainly qualifies as a crisis, but ...
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COVID-19: Science, Technology and Innovation: Key to Africa’s Recovery

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Science, technology and innovation will be at the heart of Africa’s recovery from the devastating coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the continent’s ability to create sustainable jobs, according to Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Vera Songwe. In remarks at the ...
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Unravelling the Problems in Africa With Social Innovation

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According to UNICEF, by 2050, the population of Africa will grow to 2.4 billion, the vast majority of which will be under the age of 35. In order to cater to this mass of people, the continent will have to rely on catalytic social innovation in different spheres of its economy, from education at ...
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HOW DO WE FINANCE SOCIAL INNOVATION? 5 INSIGHTS FROM AFRICA

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AshokaIn December 2019, The Impact! Africa Summit, hosted by Ashoka and the British Council, convened at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies around the topic “Collaborative Finance for Social Innovation.”The two-day conference brought together entrepreneurs, institutions, NGOs, academia and ...
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MAKING THE INVISIBLE, VISIBLE (Reeta Roy, Mastercard Foundation)

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VIEWPOINTMaking the Invisible VisibleContributed by Reeta Roy(Ed.’s Note: Reeta Roy is the President and CEO of Mastercard Foundation)9 November 2019By ContributorThe future of work may be the defining issue of our time. Africa will fast become the world’s workforce and 375 million young Africans ...
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AFRICA AND FINANCE FOR YOUTH (Addesinia Akinwumi A.AFDB

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Africa Doing More, Not Enough, to Finance YouthNovember 11, 2019It is too little to make much of a difference, admitted Akinwumi A. Adesina (PhD), president of the AfDB, addressing the media today in Johannesburg, South Africa, during the second edition of the Africa Investment Forum..The challenge ...
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WHAT IS SOCIAL INNOVATION, and WHY DOES IT MATTER?

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WHAT IS SOCIAL INNOVATION, and WHY DOES IT MATTER?-..Included in the program of the 2018 South African Innovation Summit was the Social Innovation Summit, powered by Activate! This is a network that aims to empower young African entrepreneurs. Reaffirming the importance of supporting, sponsoring ...
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EXAMPLES OF TECH INNOVATIONS THAT TACKLE SOCIAL CONCERNS IN AFRICA COUNTRIES

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Creativity and ingenuity in technology are driving a new generation of African innovators. It’s well known that African countries are developing at a rapid rate. According to the World Bank's Global Economic Prospects report, six of these countries are ranked as the fastest-growing economies in the ...
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