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June 12, 2019

‘It’s Time Africa Had Its Own Harvard.’ Inside a University Training African Leaders to Solve African Problems

With its modernist buildings, spacious grounds and airy cafeteria packed with young adults slinging backpacks while scrolling through their Instagram feeds, the African Leadership University on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius looks much like any other college campus. Except, perhaps, when it comes to the library. Here you will find no silent temple to books and knowledge; in fact, the university’s Pure Learning Library has no books at all. Instead there’s a cacophonous din of competing ideas, as students convene in animated groups around communal tables, shouting out solutions while feverishly diagramming them on the whiteboards that panel the walls. “We aren’t really encouraged [...]

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June 12, 2019

DHL rolls out e-commerce platform to more markets in Africa

DHL Africa eShop has seen impressive growth since launching and has now been rolled out to nine more countries across sub-Saharan Africa.

Following the success of the DHL Africa eShop (www.Africa-eShop.DHL) app in 11 countries across sub-Saharan Africa, DHL Express has announced that its innovative mobile and desktop platform has been rolled out in nine more countries across the continent.

Hennie Heymans, CEO of DHL Express sub-Saharan Africa, says that they’ve seen impressive growth in usage of the DHL Africa eShop app since it was initially brought online in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Mauritius, Ghana, Senegal, Rwanda, Malawi, Botswana, Sierra Leone and Uganda in [...]

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June 11, 2019

A platform for Africa’s mobile innovators

Africa’s Talking gives entrepreneurs on the continent an easy way to add voice- and text-based functions to their solutions.

Sam Gikandi ’05 SM ’06 and Eston Kimani ’05 have always believed in the potential of Africa’s entrepreneurial community. Their years at MIT, beginning in 2001 when they left their home country of Kenya, only reinforced that belief.

Through the MIT-Africa initiative and other campus programs that allowed them to work in regions across the African continent, they met hundreds of established and aspiring software developers, many of whom were in various stages of starting companies.

In order for these developers to maximize their impact, [...]

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June 10, 2019

Maybe Africa really will become the new China

When people tell me that Africa will be the new China, I’m not as incredulous as I used to be. The continent is showing potential, and progress could come from what many consider to be a highly unlikely area: manufacturing.

All across Africa, investors — many of them private entrepreneurs from China — are building factories. Others from India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh are joining in, while car companies from Japan, Germany, and South Korea are declaring their intent to put assembly plants in places such as Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Ghana. Meanwhile, overall African growth is looking impressive. The International Monetary Fund forecasts that 6 of the top 10 fastest-growing [...]

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