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Governments not making education a priority - AU report, University World News

Governments not making education a priority - AU report, University World News | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
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Africa, human capital, economic growth

"Wachira Kigotho unpacks the African Union’s hard-hitting AU Outlook on Education Report 2014, which accuses governments of not making education a priority, and a related study that charts expansion and reversing of the gender gap in higher education in the Maghreb.   -    Two aspects of the ‘American Dream’ have been sold abroad – the instrumentalist idea that education provides tools to achieve success (money) and a more liberal notion that stresses a broader view of the value of education, writes Jason Scorza in Commentary. Both are needed to give students a good chance in a competitive world."

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Forget roads – drones are the future of goods transport - opinion - 09 September 2013 - New Scientist

Forget roads – drones are the future of goods transport - opinion - 09 September 2013 - New Scientist | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
In rural parts of the world, building a reliable road infrastructure seems nigh on impossible. Andreas Raptopoulos has another idea: vast networks of
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Africa, cities/transport, innovation - Q&A


"You think that drones could help get vital supplies to the one billion people without reliable access to roads?

That's correct. The key concept for us is a network of small drones. Alone, each of those vehicles could cover only a small segment of the transportation network, but together they can have a big spread.

Why not build roads?
Following the lead of road systems in the West is a nearly impossible task for the African continent. You're talking about a massive infrastructure investment and a huge ecological footprint. If you were to deliberately plan out an approach to transportation and logistics in Africa, would you do it in the same way? I'm convinced that the answer is no. Instead, I think you would use a few different modes of transportation – and one would be an aerial method like the drone network we're proposing."

Cellphones have transformed life for many in Africa. Do you think the same could happen with drones?
Yes. It's a radical idea, but we believe that drones could do for transportation what mobiles did for communications. Fifteen years ago, if you had said that mobile telephones would give access to these extremely poor communities and enable their economic growth, nobody would have believed it. We believe it's the same for transportation.

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‘Open Data for Africa’ platform is now available across the continent, TNW

‘Open Data for Africa’ platform is now available across the continent, TNW | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced that it has completed the last phase of deploying its Open Data for Africa platform across the continent following deployments in Benin, ...
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AfDB  - AfDB says that the platform will assist in the gathering, access, management and analysis of quality data from African countries. This is because the platform is part of the AfDB’s ‘Africa Information Highway’ initiative which saw the establishment of live data links between the AfDB, National Statistical Offices, Central Banks and line ministries in all 54 countries.

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STEM Degrees Pay, But How Much Do They Cost?

STEM Degrees Pay, But How Much Do They Cost? | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
While a science, technology, math or engineering degree costs far more in developed nations than anywhere else in the world, 88% of all STEM degrees in 2015 will be awarded to students in developing nations.
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STEM degrees - " ... 88% of all STEM degrees in 2015 will be awarded to students in developing nations.  The exception is in European countries with strong public education; in Germany, a STEM degree is almost as cheap as it is in Kenya."

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Infographic: Corporate responsibility cheat sheet infographic – June 2013 | Ethical Corporation

Infographic: Corporate responsibility cheat sheet infographic – June 2013 | Ethical Corporation | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
RT @Ethical_Corp: Sub-Saharan Africa's GDP grew by average 5.4% 2013 http://t.co/B5udJIi0lc
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African Bus Routes Redrawn Using Cell-Phone Data | MIT Technology Review

African Bus Routes Redrawn Using Cell-Phone Data | MIT Technology Review | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
The largest-ever release of mobile-phone data yields a model for fixing bus routes.
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Africa - Kenya: "..IBM model prescribed changes in bus routes around the around Abidjan, the nation’s largest city. These changes—based on people’s movements as discerned from cell-phone records—could, in theory, slash travel times 10 percent.   While the results were preliminary, they point to the new ways that urban planners can use cell-phone data to design infrastructure, says Francesco Calabrese, a researcher at IBM’s research lab in Dublin, and a coauthor of a paper on the work. “This represents a new front with a potentially large impact on improving urban transportation systems,” he says. “People with cell phones can serve as sensors and be the building blocks of development efforts.”

The IBM work was done as part of a research challenge dubbed Data for Development, in which the telecom giant Orange released 2.5 billion call records from five million cell-phone users in Ivory Coast."

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Global Sherpa Weekly

Global Sherpa Weekly | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Global Sherpa Weekly, by Global Sherpa: Globalization, Development, Sustainability, World Cities & Rankings
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Africa - " “African Development Bank predicts Africa’s Middle Class will continue an expansion that has captured the attention of Multinational Companies. The number of Africans earning between $4 and $20 a day will balloon from 355 million people today - to a number on par with India and China. A level at which African’s discretionary spending increases beyond the bare necessities of food and shelter.” A report from the McKinsey Global Institute seems to support the numbers coming from ANB.  According to the McKinsey Global Institute, household consumption in Africa is significantly higher than in India or Russia, and is only expected to jump by more than 50% to almost 130 Million by 2020."

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Brazil-Nigeria Trade Hit $9bn in 2012, Articles | THISDAY LIVE

Brazil-Nigeria Trade Hit $9bn in 2012, Articles | THISDAY LIVE | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
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Brazil-Nigeria

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Africa: The Next Frontier for Investors | IIP Digital

Africa: The Next Frontier for Investors | IIP Digital | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Economists say Africa will grow by 5.5 percent in 2012 and seven African countries will rank among the 10 fastest-growing economies in the world during the next five years, projections that are making the continent an increasingly popular...
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Frontier markets - Africa

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Trade between Europe and Africa: how to resuscitate an ailing deal

Trade between Europe and Africa: how to resuscitate an ailing deal | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
After 10 years of negotiations, Isabelle Ramdoo suggests how policymakers on both sides can revive a flagging relationship (Trade between Europe and Africa: how to resuscitate an ailing deal http://t.co/MRUVw9G3Sv...
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Euro African trade revival

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The Maggie Naude Daily

The Maggie Naude Daily | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
The Maggie Naude Daily, by Maggie Naude: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.
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Development challenge for Africa - WB

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African Business publishes Africa's most valuable brands / African Business

African Business publishes Africa's most valuable brands  /  African Business | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
The full findings of Africa's most valuable brands are published in the November issue of the pan-African monthly African Business magazine, in partnership with brand Africa, Brand Finance Africa and TNS.
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Africa, brands 2013

"For the first time the full findings of a survey conducted by Brand Africa in partnership with Brand Finance Africa and TNS are exclusively listed by category and country.

Top brands  
Africa's most valuable brands are dominated by South African brands, MTN, and three retailers: Woolworths, Shoprite and Pick 'n Pay. Nigeria's Glob comes in at number five with two drinks companies taking the next two spots, Castle beer and Tusker."

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Benchmark Report: Pan-African Social Business - IDG Connect

Benchmark Report: Pan-African Social Business  -  IDG Connect | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
New report from Cerebra, powered by Fusenet, offers first-of-a-kind insights into the social practices of the top 200 African companies
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social business, Africa - "Stopforth, who hails from South Africa, highlights the usual cultural problems you get with any business involvement in Africa. There is a tendency to assume that the whole African continent is just one country. Yet there are huge cultural differences across the region. One thing thrown up by the report that was especially surprising was that 80% of the most popular YouTube content was in Arabic French. This flies in the face of the assumption that English is the dominant language.  -  Other interesting takeaways include the calculation that social companies generate 63% more revenue than non-social companies. This is based on the revenue of companies with at least one social profile against those with no social profiles. In a similar vein the report calculates that companies with a higher social engagement index generate 53% more revenue, based on the average revenue of companies in the top 50 social engagement leaderboard, against those in the top 150. The report also states that the B2B space hasn’t had “any breakthrough brand” yet. On top of which, across the board earned media “remains a mystery”.

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AfDB Calls for Partnership to Promote Best Practices in Higher Education Policies in Africa - African Development Bank

Titled ‘Accelerating the AfDB’s Response to the Youth Unemployment Crisis in Africa’ this African Development Bank (AfDB) publication takes stock of...
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Youth, Africa - "Africa’s exploding youth population represents both a challenge and an opportunity for the continent. Strong economic growth has not translated in the amount of good quality jobs needed to absorb the 11-12 million young Africans entering the labor market every day. Recent events in North Africa have highlighted the negative effects on society and security that unemployment and underemployment, particularly among the youth can have.   -   The continent’s youth population boom also holds the kind of potential demographic dividend that benefitted East Asian economies – triggering economic growth. But this will only happen if African countries can provide quality jobs, equity and inclusiveness in economic growth for their expanding populations."

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Worldwide Mobile Payment Transaction Value to Surpass $235 Billion in 2013 - Gartner

Worldwide mobile payment transaction values will reach $235.4 billion in 2013, a 44 percent increase from 2012 values of $163.1 billion, according to Gartner, Inc.
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GLOBAL MOBILE  - . . . "From a regional perspective, Asia/Pacific's transaction value is expected to grow 38 percent in 2013 to reach $74 billion. Deployments in developed markets such as South Korea and Singapore and in developing markets such as India are expected drive healthy growth in this region. As a result, in 2016, Asia/Pacific will overtake Africa to become the largest region by transaction value, reaching $165 billion. Africa's transaction value is forecast to reach $160 billion in 2016. While Africa will still experience strong growth through the forecast period, companies are still searching for the most suitable business model for mobile money in their local markets. "

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Into Africa - By Mohamed A. El-Erian

Into Africa - By Mohamed A. El-Erian | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
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Africa rising -

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Frontier market indices creation - 26676993.pdf#page=33

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Africa, Latam etc.

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Brics bank raises critical development questions, says OECD

Brics bank raises critical development questions, says OECD | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
OECD's Angel Gurría says devil is in detail – market rates, policy demands and how loans will be made – of any new Brics bank
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BRICS - " The World Bank's soft loan arm, the IDA lends money on easy terms, charging little or no interest. Repayments are stretched over 25 to 40 years, including a five- to 10-year grace period. The IDA also provides grants to countries at risk of debt distress.   The IDA is one of the largest sources of assistance for the world's 81 poorest countries, 39 of them in Africa, and is the single largest source of donor funds for basic social services in these countries.   The Brics have in principle agreed to create a development bank to provide initial funding for infrastructure projects worth $4.5tn (£3tn)." Ackn. FT.co.uk

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Endeavor to Launch a New Country Affiliate in Morocco Focused on High-Impact Entrepreneurship – Entrepreneurship Center | Endeavor Global

Endeavor to Launch a New Country Affiliate in Morocco Focused on High-Impact Entrepreneurship – Entrepreneurship Center | Endeavor Global | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
To read the Business Wire press release on Endeavor's launch in Morocco, please click here. Endeavor announced today that it will launch a new affiliate
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High-impact entepreneurship

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Pearltrees

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Pearltrees lets you have all your interests at your fingertips all the time
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Also, What Goldman Sachs thinks about investment in Africa, 2012  -  Ackn. howemadeitinafrica.com

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IDG Connect – Kathryn Cave (Zimbabwe) – How Enabling Local Story Telling Promotes Progress

IDG Connect – Kathryn Cave (Zimbabwe) – How Enabling Local Story Telling Promotes Progress | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Nigerian born, Chinua Achebe, voice of the African people, died last week, aged 82. Hailed as the father of African literature, the sheer level grief around his death proves the need for local stories, which speak to local communities.
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Achebe - Ackn. Kathryn Cave

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