M Pesa

Can Africa's Innovators Solve Africa's Problems?

Paul Sloane | Posted 11.07.2017 | UK Tech
Paul Sloane

What can save Africa from its many problems; grinding poverty, corrupt bureaucrats, incompetent governments, civil conflicts and dire infrastructure? The best hope might lie with the innovations of its home grown entrepreneurs. Many solutions that work in the developed world do not translate well to Africa so indigenous innovations are often a better answer. In some cases they leap-frog current Western offerings.

Africa's Technology Boom: Opportunity or Myth?

Furhaad Shah | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Tech
Furhaad Shah

Only a decade ago, to speak of Africa and technology would have seemed nonsensical. Today, it is part of a growing global conversation.

The Social and Economic Role of Mobile

Andrew Dunnett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Dunnett

Following the attack at Nairobi's Westgate Mall, 62 million Kenyan shillings (£444,000) was donated to the Kenyan Red Cross in just 48 hours via mobile. Safaricom set up a free text payment service on its M-Pesa platform, enabling Kenyans to quickly donate money to support those affected.

Mobile Money Opens Up New Opportunities for Mozambique's Small and Medium Businesses

Baroness Featherstone | Posted 16.04.2013 | UK Politics
Baroness Featherstone

Mobile money means more small, safe, cashless transactions can happen - urban workers can send money back to rural homes; small shops and stalls can trade more and grow their business.

Mobile: The Enabler

Andrew Dunnett | Posted 06.02.2013 | UK Tech
Andrew Dunnett

For the Foundation, the enabling bit began with both the smartphone revolution and the wider penetration of mobiles in to developing economies. Before then, enabling meant providing emergency telecoms in a disaster situation.

The Death of Cash: Why the West Needs to Catch Up With the Mobile Payment Economy

Paul Broome | Posted 21.07.2012 | UK Tech
Paul Broome

While the West has been trying to develop the right platforms and technology for mobile payments to work, and technology providers and operators have been battling for mobile payment supremacy, Kenya has gone straight from a barter/gift/debt economy to digital transaction - leapfrogging over the last 100 years of the West's progress in monetary transactions.