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Digital Africa


Ambitions around an increasingly digital and connected Africa, underscored by accelerated digitalisation in response to COVID-19 and technological change, have profound implications for life on the continent.

We are exploring the impact of digitalisation on the:

  • Regulatory environment and governance of data and privacy, digital infrastructure, the digital economy (including employment conditions) and innovations in the financial sector
  • Livelihoods, skills and aspirations of young people
  • Transformation of the financial sector
  • Growth in digital platforms and their role in the economy
  • Innovation enabled through digital technology and related ecosystems
  • Future of Africa (scenarios and forces for a digital Africa)

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The potential of digital platforms as distributors and enablers of financial services in Africa
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Digital app services in sub-Saharan Africa sees promising start
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FinTecHub and Cenfri: partnership announcement
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Eswatini Central Bank Digital Currency diagnostic study
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African youth and mixed livelihoods: Tech provides silver lining amid pandemic
In 2019, one in five youth in Africa were not in employment, education or training . Each year, 10 to 12 million youth enter the workforce , while [...]
E-hailing workers livelihood experiences in Nigeria
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The scale and usage of digital platform ecosystems in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa
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Interview with Gareth Taylor, Country Manager of Bolt
We recently spoke to the country manager for Bolt in South Africa, Gareth Taylor. Gareth Taylor, Country Manager of Bolt Bolt is a digital [...]
“If you can make it here, you’ll make it anywhere”: Innovating in Lagos
We set out to understand the dynamics and factors enabling the three top innovation ecosystems in sub-Saharan Africa: Cape Town, Nairobi and Lagos. [...]