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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)

The Latest in Digital Africa

The scale and usage of digital platform ecosystems in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa
App usage in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa data signals digitalisation of Africa’s economic exchanges Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa are [...]
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. [...]
Payment facilities and Africa’s platform ecosystem: What does the data tell us?
Payment facilities underpin scaling of Africa’s digital platforms. Digital platforms, also known as multi-sided marketplaces, are seamlessly [...]
Shapeshifting into maturity: Hubs in the Nairobi innovation ecosystem
At the beginning of this year, we set out to understand what makes innovation ecosystems tick. We wanted to uncover the factors that might turn a [...]
Livelihoods of workers on e-hailing platforms
Webinar: Livelihoods of workers on e-hailing platforms The sustainability of e-hailing platforms is coming under question, and as Africa grapples [...]
Nigeria’s proposed e-hailing tax could stifle innovation and dampen gig workers’ livelihoods
Digital platforms are a quick and convenient way to match prospective customers to gig workers, and more than 50% of a surveyed sample of mobility [...]
Skills for the digital economy: Digital skills in Kenya
A qualitative case study on the level of youth digital skills in Kenya - Are Kenyans tech savvy? Known as “Silicon Savannah,” Kenya’s ICT [...]
Sizing the ‘grey economy’: Using geospatial data to uncover the true extent of the MSME sector in emerging markets
The micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) sector is arguably the biggest employer in many economies, particularly in the developing world. It’s [...]
New partnership: Africa Fintech Network and Cenfri
The Africa Fintech Network (AFN) and Cenfri are pleased to announce the signing of their new Memorandum of Understanding. This MoU underlines the [...]