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Binyavanga Wainaina on aid, power and the politics of development in Africa – video

Binyavanga Wainaina on aid, power and the politics of development in Africa – video | African News | Scoop.it
Kenyan writer tells Eliza Anyangwe why west's notion of 'development' and its jargons fail to capture the reality of Africa
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‘Poorer Kenyans over spending on mobile phones’

‘Poorer Kenyans over spending on mobile phones’ | African News | Scoop.it
Low income earners forgo key expenses while paying more than postpaid customers.

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A negative to the mobile revolution in Kenya.

 

This is something the providers need to address with their pre-paid SIM card charges - making them more affordable will keep people using it.

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What Lupita, Binyavanga and soccer star Wanyama have done for Kenya

What Lupita, Binyavanga and soccer star Wanyama have done for Kenya | African News | Scoop.it

For people not to see a country in a linear stereotypical way – in Kenya’s case as another typical ethnically divided land and corrupt African state – its citizens need to crawl out from under the rock and force a different narrative about it.

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Pride of Africa: Kenya celebrates Nyong'o's Oscar

Pride of Africa: Kenya celebrates Nyong'o's Oscar | African News | Scoop.it
“You are the pride of Africa,” Kenya’s president exclaimed on Twitter as he celebrated Kenya’s first major Oscar win by actress Lupita Nyong’o.
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In her speech she said: "every little child that no matter where you’re from your dreams are valid.”

 
Her next film should see her playing the role of a happy, educated, successful Kenyan woman.

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Kenyan Startup Ventures Into Wearable Technology

Kenyan Startup Ventures Into Wearable Technology | African News | Scoop.it

A Kenyan start-up CladLight has unveiled the region's first wearable jacket targeting motorbike owners with the aim of reducing road accidents involving motorcyclists.

 

According to the start-up founders, the smart jacket transmits signals from the motorbike to the smart jacket to show the direction the biker wants to turn using radio waves.

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Excellent.

 

We could do with this in Beijing too.

 

 

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Kenya: Safaricom Beats Google, Facebook in Innovation

Kenya: Safaricom Beats Google, Facebook in Innovation | African News | Scoop.it

Kenya's mobile network operator Safaricom has been rated number 9 in innovation globally by Fast Company magazine due to its role in bridging the healthcare gap with telecoms services.

 

The magazine noted that Safaricom's Daktari 1525 which helps connect the doctor and patient had improved the lives of millions of Kenyans by making them healthy.

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Leading the way (Again? Still?) - necessity is indeed the mother of innovation.

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Kenya: 18,000 Primary Schools Have No Electricity for New Laptops

Kenya: 18,000 Primary Schools Have No Electricity for New Laptops | African News | Scoop.it

The Education ministry said that only 2,037 primary schools are connected to the main grid. Another 8,147 schools are near the electricity grid while 10,184 will have to rely on solar power because they are far from the grid.

 

 


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Binyavanga Wainaina: coming out in Kenya

Binyavanga Wainaina: coming out in Kenya | African News | Scoop.it
Binyavanga Wainaina talks to Tim Adams about the chapter from his memoir titled 'I am a homosexual, Mum' and how it has placed him at the heart of the African debate on gay rights
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M-Pesa and beyond – Why mobile money worked in Kenya and struggles in other markets

M-Pesa and beyond – Why mobile money worked in Kenya and struggles in other markets | African News | Scoop.it

“There have been about 200 of these experiments around the world, and maybe only 4 or 5 have been successful.” This was how Michael Joseph, Vodacom’s Director of Mobile Commerce described mobile money to the Financial Times in 2012.


When Michael Joseph talks about mobile money, you should listen. Until 2012, he ran Safaricom, the Kenyan company that launched M-Pesa (“pesa’ means money in Swahili). The quote is a reminder that mobile money remains a hit or miss initiative, and most adopters have struggled to show the type of traction seen in Kenya.

 

This article by Akin Oyebode originally appeared on TechCabal, a VC4Africa publishing partner.


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Kenya's online content business expands

Kenya's online content business expands | African News | Scoop.it
The availability of fast, affordable Internet connectivity, rising awareness of options for tech businesses and an ambiguous regulatory framework has allowed Kenya's online content business to blossom.

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Silicon Savannah: Africa's Transformative Digital Revolution

Silicon Savannah: Africa's Transformative Digital Revolution | African News | Scoop.it
In the space of 10 years, mobile phones and the Internet have changed African nations more significantly than any development since their independence from colonial powers. Now a growing group of entrepreneurs want to take things further.

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The significance of the changes mobile technology has made to the continent cannot be over-stated - or perhaps even understood by people outside the continent.

 

African countries are leading the way in so many innovative uses of the technology - necessity is perhaps the driving force moving things forward in directions more 'developed' countries can't even see.

 

Hey, but we have "Candy Crush'.

 

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'Facebook' education in Kenya

'Facebook' education in Kenya | African News | Scoop.it

 A young social entrepreneur from Kenya might have solved one of the conundrums of the Facebook generation - how to stop social media getting in the way of studying.


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Silicon Savannah

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Can a Nairobi-based software developer create a mobile phone app to help Kenya's hard-pressed subsistence farmers?

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Kenyan Company Launches Social Media Sharing Card · Global Voices

Kenyan Company Launches Social Media Sharing Card · Global Voices | African News | Scoop.it

Gigwapi, an online event listing service, has launched a cashless payment system and social media sharing card. The card, Gigwapi card, will be used to pay for tickets and goods at events: The card holds your personal information and can automatically integrate to your social media profile.

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Yet more ICT innovation from Kenya.

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AfDB approves Sh79bn Kenya loan for roads, education

AfDB approves Sh79bn Kenya loan for roads, education | African News | Scoop.it
The Africa Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a five-year Sh79.2 billion financing deal for Kenya to boost economic empowerment through job creation.
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The LUPITA Effect - Gado

The LUPITA Effect - Gado | African News | Scoop.it

GADO

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Her next film should see her playing the role of a happy, educated, successful Kenyan woman.

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Kenya Confirmed CHAN 2018 Hosts

Kenya Confirmed CHAN 2018 Hosts | African News | Scoop.it

Nairobi — THE country will host the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN), the Confederation of African Football has confirmed.

 

This follows a meeting of the CAF Executive committee under the leadership of President, Issa Hayatou, at the CAF Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt last Friday.

 

“The CAF Executive Committee has designated Kenya as host of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN), following receipt of necessary government guarantees and complete dossier including the required infrastructure and security,” the football governing body stated in a document made available to this agency on Monday.

 

The CHAN tournament, which features footballers plying their trade in the domestic leagues, would arguably be the biggest sporting event the country would have hosted.

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Kindles replace textbooks in Kisumu school

Kindles replace textbooks in Kisumu school | African News | Scoop.it
Kindle e-readers have replaced heavy textbooks in a school in Muhoroni, Kisumu County, which teachers say have made learning easier and saved parents thousand of shillings used to buy books.

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Only just found this article - rather cool, I think

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Kenya: We Should Devolve Education System

Kenya: We Should Devolve Education System | African News | Scoop.it

 

Over the past couple of months, there has been a national debate on whether or not to devolve education. Predictably, Governors have been leading the campaign for devolution of education, arguing it will result in better educational outcomes than the current centralised system.

 

The National government on the other hand has flatly rejected this proposal, arguing that education is a first of all a national function according to the Constitution.

 

Secondly, counties lack the capacity to be involved in education management. Amidst this debate, it is possible to lose sight of the bigger issue; the Kenyan education system is simply not living up to its goals.

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With the management of education this is, and only ever should be, ONE question: what best benefits the students?

 

Turning education into a political football for point-scoring against your opposition will only ever do more harm than good - just look at the harm done the British state education system since Thatcher (enthusiastically followed by Blair) made it a political football.

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Urgent action ‘needed for clean cooking, heating fuels’ - SciDev.Net Sub-Saharan Africa

Urgent action ‘needed for clean cooking, heating fuels’ - SciDev.Net Sub-Saharan Africa | African News | Scoop.it
Partnerships are crucial for providing clean cookstoves to help tackle indoor air pollution, says a Kenyan meeting.
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Most Kenyans use phones for banking – survey

Most Kenyans use phones for banking – survey | African News | Scoop.it

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 21 - Most Kenyans use mobile phones for banking and financial services, a study by the Kenya Bankers Association (KBA) shows.


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If you have ever queued at a BBK, then you'll know why this is so.

 

Going back a few years, admittedly, I got my cheque book and ATM card for my BBK account 18 months after I opened the account ... and 15 months after I had closed it.

 

 

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Google Zeitgeist 2013 - Kenya

Google Zeitgeist 2013 - Kenya | African News | Scoop.it
Daily Nation is the most searched news site in Kenya, says Google.

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Kenyan government launches bandwidth service for universities

Kenyan government launches bandwidth service for universities | African News | Scoop.it

The Kenyan government through the ICT Authority and the Kenya Education Network Trust (KENET) has officially launched the KENET Network, a US$22.5 million basic internet bandwidth service that connects member institutions at competitive and sustainable prices.

KENET aims to increase the uptake of bandwidth among students and academia in institutions of higher learning through interconnecting all universities, tertiary and research Institutions in Kenya by setting up cost effective high speed access to the internet.

“KENET will promote the use of ICT in teaching, learning and research in higher education centres that will lead to students and the faculty keeping up with current trends in their specific area,” said Meoli Kashorda, executive director of KENET.


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When connected they could be unstoppable.

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Un bon exemple a suivre

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East African nations agree on monetary union

East African nations agree on monetary union | African News | Scoop.it
Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi will merge currencies gradually over the next ten years to boost trade.
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Kenya reiterates plan to extend high speed railways to Uganda, Rwanda

Kenya reiterates plan to extend high speed railways to Uganda, Rwanda | African News | Scoop.it
Kenya reiterates plan to extend high speed railways to Uganda, Rwanda

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The railway created Kenya - an updated railway would revitalise the country.

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