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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

Delivering online skills training in Africa: Three keys to a successful program
The shortage of data science skills is a major challenge for Africa. With relatively few local educational institutions offering dedicated data [...]
What do we really know about digital solutions catalysing agribusiness in Africa for women?
Nearly US$3 billion has been generated through agribusiness in Africa, touching the lives of over 33 million users of digital solutions in this [...]
Reaching for the future, searching for a vision for Africa’s digital economy
Digitalisation is disrupting markets and economic structures globally, and even advanced economies do not have a clear view of the new economy and [...]
Inside-out: The good and the bad of insight2impact
Does this situation sound familiar? A development program runs its course, generating lots of intriguing insights and impacts – and experiencing [...]
Exploring Africa’s digital platforms: Insurance in e-hailing
In recent years the platform economy has rapidly transformed various economic sectors such as hospitality, ecommerce and transportation. One of the [...]
Africa’s digital future: Policy scenarios
What could Africa look like in 2048?  The digital revolution is gaining ground across Africa. Ambitions around an increasingly digital and [...]
Africa’s digital platforms and financial services
Exploring Africa’s digital-platform economy and financial services The digital-platform economy and its potentially disruptive qualities have been [...]
How are African digital platforms shaping the economic development conversation?
Insights from an expert workshop on the potential of African digital platforms to influence development African digital platforms are giving rise [...]
The potential of digital platforms as distributors and enablers of insurance in Africa
The past decade has seen the emergence of digital platforms. These digital platforms (also known as multi-sided platforms) connect buyers and sellers [...]
Democratising KYC requirements
Paul Damalie, CEO of Inclusive Innovations Inc., and winner of the Ghana leg of DataHack4FI Season 2, explains how he is growing his digital [...]