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Digital Africa


An increasingly digital and connected Africa is providing new ways to participate in the economy. As digitisation gains ground, we’re focused on a number of questions that explore the impact on the growing youth demographic, the changing nature of employment, connectivity and the effects of technology and the rise of platforms.

In addition to the content below, we’ve developed a set of scenarios for Africa’s digital future over the next 30 years to stimulate a discussion around the choices that decision-makers in Africa have to make in responding to forces and uncertainties that shape the continent’s digital economy.

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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 [...]
New partnership: Findexable and Cenfri
Findexable and Cenfri are excited to announce the signing of their new partnership agreement. This partnership is designed to contribute to an [...]
Digital platforms’ role in African digitisation and gig work on the back of COVID-19
Recent research by insight2impact shows the number of digital platforms – virtual marketplaces – in operation across Africa increased by 37% [...]
Emerging trends from Africa’s digital platforms
Africa is experiencing a wave of digital platform businesses emerging and few economic sectors are untouched by their influence. Relying [...]
Maintaining inclusive innovation under COVID-19
In our previous article, we reflected on the different ways that stakeholders can ensure the Cape Town tech ecosystem produces valuable innovation [...]
Cape Town tech ecosystem: Strengthening inclusive innovation in a divided city
This post was co-authored with Mari-Lise du Preez “The idea is that tensions and challenges in the city region also point to opportunities for [...]
How innovation can boost jobs creation
Digital technologies are reshaping economic opportunities in Africa The spread of mobile phones has boosted access to digital financial services, [...]