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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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Shapeshifting into maturity: Hubs in the Nairobi innovation ecosystem
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Nigeria’s proposed e-hailing tax could stifle innovation and dampen gig workers’ livelihoods
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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 [...]
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 [...]