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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 Africa Fintech Hub – a platform designed to strengthen fintechs in Africa
Fintechs have the potential to significantly improve the options available to financially underserved individuals. Many fintech start-ups in Africa, [...]
Digitising destinations: a tourist’s journey starts online
COVID-19 turned some of us into virtual voyagers. We spent hours scrolling through posts of people hiking to waterfalls, adventurers crossing canopy [...]
Digital payments on the rise in the education sector
Education is of fundamental importance to Rwanda’s economy; and the country has high policy priorities in providing access across the country. [...]
Digitalisation and financial inclusion in agriculture
Agriculture is the largest sector in the Rwandan economy, with 75% of the adult population generating their livelihoods from the sector. Its [...]
Reflections on the policy evolution in Rwanda’s ICT sector
In implementing the Rwanda Economy Digitalisation Programme, Cenfri has worked with multiple stakeholders and partners to acquire datasets to inform [...]
Time for a bold move? The case for renewed zero-rating of low-value mobile money fees in Rwanda
Rwanda must be cashless by 2024 – that’s the bold target set in the National Payment System Strategy 2018-2024. This policy has strong [...]
Catalysing the use of data and digital technology for tourism in Ghana
Ghana's tourism industry presents an exciting landscape for growth, offering significant potential for youth employment and entrepreneurship. [...]
Reaping the dollar benefits but bearing the costs of cash: Rwanda-DRC informal cross-border trade
Almost half of Sub-Saharan Africa’s trade every year – USD 362 billion of merchandise trade – settles in US dollars, despite the US accounting [...]
Public sector data frameworks
If properly catalogued, classified and shared, public sector data can be leveraged to increase access to services, make service delivery more [...]
Revealing the consumer experience of digital finance in low- and middle-income countries
Consumers face several frustrations with the potential to affect their experience of digital financial services. These include system glitches, [...]