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Friday, July 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Samsung partners in good health for Sub-Saharan Africa

Source: IT News Africa

Samsung Electronics has joined GSMA, an organisation that represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, to partner in initiatives that will see an improved healthcare system.
Friday, July 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

IBM, Monitise targets financial sector with mobile money solution in Kenya

Source: Capital FM Kenya

IBM and Monitise have announced a global alliance to deliver cloud-based mobile commerce solutions to help financial services institutions embrace the mobile channel and better engage with customers.
Friday, July 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Bill Gates: Health, agriculture key to Africa's development

Source: Global Post

Health and agriculture development are key if African countries are to overcome poverty and grow, US software billionaire Bill Gates said Thursday, as he received an honourary degree in Ethiopia.
Friday, July 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Abia, Ford Foundation, Forward Africa partner on youth health and development

Source: The Guardian Nigeria

EXPANSION of integrated programming to improve the reproductive health and general development of young people in Abia state has taken a new turn in the state capital following the inauguration of a 15-member Technical Working Group (TWG).
Thursday, July 24, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

d.light Reaches 500,000th Pay-As-You-Go Customer, Launches Access Initiative

Source: Business Ghana

Company announces strategic focus to scale solar through financing globally
Thursday, July 24, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Nigeria: Doctors Strike - Hospitals Take to Free Medicals

Source: AllAfrica

An ongoing nationwide by doctors has prompted private practice and nongovernment agencies to step into healthcare to bridge gulfs let wide open when doctors walked out July 1.
Thursday, July 24, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya's Airtel sticks to its case against Safaricom

Source: Mobile World Live

Kenyan operator Airtel has pledged to continue its case against larger rival Safaricom over what it charges for access to its M-Pesa mobile money transfer service, said Business Daily.
Thursday, July 24, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

World Bank conducts Zimbabwe consumer-protection review

Source: News Day

A WORLD Bank mission team is in the country to conduct Zimbabwe’s first Consumer Protection and Financial Literacy (CPFL) Diagnostic Review amid revelations that consumers were being prejudiced by financial institutions.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africans Open Fuller Wallets to the Future

Source: The New York Times

JOHANNESBURG — Across sub-Saharan Africa, consumer demand is fueling the continent’s economies in new ways, driving hopes that Africa will emerge as a success story in the coming years comparable to the rise of the East Asian Tigers in the second half of the 20th century.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Philips introduces innovative ultra-mobile ultrasound system ‘VISIQ’ in Nigeria

Source: Business Day

Royal Philips unveiled its new ultra-mobile ultrasound system to the Nigerian market during the Lagos leg of its annual pan-African Cairo to Cape Town Roadshow.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Strawberry flavoured condoms a hit

Source: The Standard Zimbabwe

NEW flavoured Protector Plus condoms with a sleeker and more stylish packaging have been introduced on the market, replacing the old Protector Plus condoms.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

PRESS RELEASE: GROWTHAFRICA IMPACT ACCELERATOR ANNOUNCES ITS 6TH BATCH OF SOCIAL ENTERPRISES

Source: GrowthAfrica

Scaling innovative products and services to solve huge challenges in Kenya’s agriculture sector
Friday, July 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The virus detective who discovered Ebola in 1976

Source: BBC News

Nearly 40 years ago, a young Belgian scientist travelled to a remote part of the Congolese rainforest - his task was to help find out why so many people were dying from an unknown and terrifying disease.
Friday, July 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Rwanda: Why Farmers Are Loyal to Micro-Finance Institutions

Source: AllAfrica

Rwandans have hailed the role of micro-finance institutions just as Kigali is hosting a global financial inclusion summit starting today.
Friday, July 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa: Cheap Nasal Spray May Save Snakebite Victims

Source: AllAfrica

Curitiba — Snakebites are a highly neglected health problem despite causing up to 84,000 deaths a year globally - but a novel, nasal spray-based approach may help reduce the toll, according to researchers.
Friday, July 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Hampered by Cost, Zimbabweans Skip Contraceptives

Source: Voice of America News

New research suggests thousands of women in Zimbabwe get pregnant each year because they cannot afford proper birth control methods.
Thursday, July 17, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Gemalto, GSMA drive African mHealth initiative

Source: Biztechafrica

Gemalto has announced its partnership with (global System for Mobile Communication Association (GSMA1) to drive the pan-African mHealth Initiative (PAMI).
Thursday, July 17, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Safaricom move to open up M-pesa agent network seen to aid mobile money services

Source: PC Advisor

Safaricom's move last week to allow agents for its M-pesa mobile money service to work for rival operators is broadly being viewed as having the potential to further fuel the growth of such services.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Telecel Zimbabwe launches mobile money credit card

Source: ITWeb Africa

Zimbabwe's second largest telco by subscriber numbers, Telecel, on Wednesday launched a credit card for its mobile money system Telecash.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Could HIV self-testing be a game changer in Africa?

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

In Africa, where fewer than half the people know their HIV status, HIV self-testing is being explored as a way of encouraging more individuals, particularly in high risk groups, to know their status as a first step to seeking treatment, an AIDS charity said on Monday.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya mobiles step up rivalry

Source: East African Business Week

NAIROBI, Kenya - Kenya’s lucrative mobile money transfer market is set for unprecedented competition following the entry of three additional telecoms operators with intention to have a piece of the sector’s billion shillings pie.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

mHealth initiative to curb infant and maternal fatalities in Kenya

Source: Africa Science News

In a bid to reduce the glaring rates of child and maternal deaths annually estimated at 6.6 million and 260,000 respectively, Sub Saharan-African states are set to launch a mobile phone text messaging service to educate masses on better health care and nutrition.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Profiting from poverty: Do some companies benefit from twisted images of Africa?

Source: HowWeMadeItInAfrica

In recent years there has been a change in thinking and narrative when it comes to Africa’s representation in western media. A good example of this is The Economist’s special report last year that referred to Africa as the “Hopeful Continent”, a mere 13 years after publishing the front cover that dubbed it the “Hopeless Continent”.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile payments ideal for Africa

Source: ITWeb Africa

In emerging markets, mobile money has the power to transform lives, says Gemalto.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

New Contraceptive Shot Being Released in Africa

Source: The New York Times

An easy-to-use new form of the injectable contraceptive Depo-Provera was introduced last week in Burkina Faso, the first of four African countries in which it will be rolled out this year.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile health in Africa: MDiabetes program: Mobile technologies are catalysts for development

Source: Mareeg

Mareeg.com-DAKAR, Senegal,July 14, 2014/ – Alcatel-Lucent (http://www.alcatel-lucent.com) attended the ceremony for launching the m-Ramadan campaign, which originated from the mDiabetes program, in Dakar on June 16, 2014.
Friday, July 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Muslims demand condom ban in Malawi

Source: Nyasa Times

Malawi Muslim traditional leaders are campaigning against the promotion of condoms as a means of preventing HIV and AIDS.
Friday, July 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Zimbabwe's high interest rates, multiple borrowings and growing debts

Source: The Africa Report

Zimbabwe's microfinance institutions (MFIs) doled out $170 million worth of loans to clients in the first quarter of the year with the bulk of the funds going towards domestic consumption.
Friday, July 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Incentives to lift mobile money uptake

Source: ITWeb

Airtime can be used as an incentive to drive the uptake and usage of mobile money services in countries where its growth has been sluggish.
Friday, July 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Fraudulent Mobile Money Transactions by Staff Cost MTN Uganda Billions

Source: Tech Moran

Mobile telecoms operator MTN Uganda has a history of losses resulting from internal misappropriation of funds. In a number of cases, former employees — mainly trade developers, mobile money agents and cleaners of contracted cleaning agencies — have faced convictions for defrauding the company.
Thursday, July 10, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

‘eHealth For Africa’ initiative makes debut in Nigeria

Source: The Guardian Nigeria

AS part of efforts to strengthen health system in Nigeria, Novartis has introduced ‘eHealth For Africa’ initiative into the country – being an updated version of the Short Message Service (SMS) for Life system in public health facilities.
Thursday, July 10, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Connecting healthcare workers in rural Uganda with mobile technology

Source: Malaria Consortium

Malaria Consortium has encouraged the creation of parish coordinator roles as part of the integrated community case management (iCCM) programme in support of the Ugandan Ministry of Health’s village health team structure and as part of the inSCALE project in Uganda, which seeks to increase coverage of community health services. Acting as the link between village health team members (VHTs) and supervisors, the role of the parish coordinator facilitates the reporting, supervision and mobilisation processes, often through the use of mobile technology.
Thursday, July 10, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Safaricom and Kenya Commercial Bank Partner to Counter Equity's Mobile Money Plan

Source: AllAfrica

KENYA Commercial Bank has partnered with Safaricom to offer a new product that converges financial and communication services to take on Equity Bank's planned mobile virtual network operation business.
Thursday, July 10, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Nigeria Launches National Bank Verification Scheme

Source: Ventures Africa

VENTURES AFRICA – As part of the financial inclusion policy of the Financial Sector Strategy (FSS) agenda of ensuring Nigeria becomes one of the top 20 largest economies in the world by 2020, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has advised bank customers in Lagos to register and obtain their Bank Verification Number (BVN).
Wednesday, July 09, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

New mobile project to tackle malnutrition in Africa and Asia

Source: ILRI news

A CABI-led consortium has gained GSMA funding to help three million people access nutrition information using mobile technology.
Wednesday, July 09, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Safaricom finally agrees to open up M-Pesa agent network

Source: ITWeb Africa

Mobile network Safaricom, which runs M-Pesa, has unexpectedly agreed to open up its agency network across the country to its rivals.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Equity Bank, Safaricom in clash that could affect Mpesa’s future

Source: Standard Digital

Kenya: The black swan theory provides an interesting way of looking at the business world. But for many entrepreneurs and corporate leaders, this theory — which describes an event that comes as a surprise and has a major effect — is yet to be ingrained in their way of life. And this is despite the fact that innovations that turn the world of business upside down often, if not always, come from “unexpected” quarters.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Tanzania: Better Credit Facility in Pipeline

Source: AllAfrica

MEMBERS of the public may soon start accessing credits on competitive terms, thanks to the Credit Reference Bureau (CRB), that commercial banks have embraced amid optimism that the data base will help to extend financial services to more people, a new study has shown.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Electrify Africa, Energize Africa and Power Africa: Partnering With Africa for the Long Run

Source: Roll Call

Monday, 30 June, was the first year anniversary of President Obama’s Power Africa initiative, the president’s signature initiative for the continent which seeks to expand electricity to address poverty alleviation and economic growth.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Nine African countries win renewable energy development funding

Source: pv magazine

The low-income nations were awarded new funding and operational support at the semi-annual Climate Investment Funds governing body meeting.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Gates Foundation battling big new threat in malaria fight

Source: The Seattle Times

Just as Myanmar opens up to the world and becomes a place of economic opportunity, fears are rising over the spread of a drug-resistant form of malaria. But efforts are under way, including a big initiative of the Gates Foundation, to fight this problem.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Going the Extra Mile for Health

Source: Huffington Post

In the distant corners of Africa, entrepreneurs deliver goods and services across bumpy roads, crossing brimming rivers and rickety bridges, climbing steep hills and descending treacherous valleys. It is a classic story of conquering odds to reach the unreached.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya’s BRCK raises $1.2M to connect the last mile to the internet

Source: Press Release

Ushahidi spinout BRCK Inc. announced today that it has closed a $1.2 million seed round. BRCK is solving last-mile connectivity problems with a device that can bring seamless internet connection to the most remote areas of the world.
Monday, July 07, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Linezolid: Affordable generic access win highlights obstacles to life-saving treatment

Source: Science Speaks

With side effects that include stomach pain, vision problems, vomiting, diarrhea, and anemia as well as pain, weakness, and numbness in hands and feet, linezolid is not something you would take if you had much choice.
Monday, July 07, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

South Africa’s cashless future relies on localisation, not innovation

Source: memeburn

South Africa’s perceived ‘failure to launch’ in respect to mobile money needs to be put into a global context. In the latest MasterCard Mobile Payments Readiness Index, only four countries – Singapore, Canada, the US and Kenya – score higher than 40 out of a possible 100. The inflection point, according to the report, sits at 60, highlighting the fact that in most cases mobile payments has been a solution looking for a problem.
Monday, July 07, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Injecting healthcare into Nairobi’s slums

Source: New Internationalist

What is the significance of seven seconds?
Monday, July 07, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Developing Africa Through Effective, Socially Responsible Investing

Source: Ventures Africa

VENTURES AFRICA – The SME space is seeing tremendous growth in Africa, with easier access to funds from financial institutions and government policies encouraging sector growth.
Monday, July 07, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya's mobile innovation brings digital money closer

Source: BBC News

Kenyan financial services heavyweight Equity Bank is planning to roll out mobile banking services in July, using innovative paper-thin SIM technology.
Thursday, July 03, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda working on cross border mobile money platform

Source: HumanIPO

East Africa will soon have a common mobile money platform that will enable users to send money from one country to another without any difficulty under exchange rates approved by central banks.
Wednesday, July 02, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ugandan banks look to expand reach through agents

Source: The Observer

At least six banks have expressed interest in using agents to reach out to people outside the formal banking institutions, Bank of Uganda has said.
Wednesday, July 02, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Tanzania: Missing Link Between Economic Growth, Poverty Reduction

Source: AllAfrica

THE much celebrated economic growth in Tanzania and other African countries that are said to make good progress can only have a meaning if there will be myriad poverty alleviation indicators.
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa: Seven Ways to Assist Health Research in Developing Nations

Source: AllAfrica

A guide released yesterday details seven principles for good practice in strengthening research capacity in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC).
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile virtual operators compete with established players in Africa

Source: PC Advisor

Players in the traditional telecoms market have struggled in countries where extensive infrastructure is needed
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Consumer Federation of Kenya fights off claim of bias in mobile money war

Source: Standard Digital

Pressure is mounting on the Consumer Federation of Kenya ( Cofek) to stop opposing the award of licences to Equity Bank and two other Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) and support the venture.
Monday, June 30, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

'Oscars' for health care innovation is back

Source: Devex

GlaxoSmithKline and Save the Children are reopening their doors for innovative solutions to reduce under-5 child mortality.
Monday, June 30, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The apparent M-Pesa monopoly may be set to crumble

Source: Fortune

Competition to the M-Pesa is heating up in Kenya, the world’s most advanced mobile payments market.
Monday, June 30, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

GSMA announces mHealth partnership across Sub-Saharan Africa

Source: IT News Africa

The GSMA has announced that its Mobile for Development mHealth programme has launched a new cross-ecosystem partnership designed to provide a range of mHealth services to women and children, with a particular focus on nutrition, across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Monday, June 30, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Nigeria’s Microfinance Banks Ready To Go Cashless

Source: The Nigerian Observer

Abuja - The National Association of Micro Finance Banks (NAMFB), has expressed readiness of its members to key into Federal Government’s cashless policy.
Friday, June 27, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

South Africa: MTN, Pick N Pay in Mobile Money Partnership

Source: allAfrica

Johannesburg — MTN and Pick n Pay have partnered for a free money transfer service that is poised to empower millions of South Africans excluded from the banking system.
Friday, June 27, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

WHO urges 'drastic action' on Ebola, calls 11-nation meeting

Source: Yahoo! News

Geneva (AFP) - The World Health Organization on Thursday called for "drastic action" to fight the deadliest Ebola outbreak on record, as it announced an 11-nation meeting to address the growing crisis.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Tackling healthcare challenges through digital innovations

Source: Hispanic Business

It is business as usual at the Comprehensive Care Centre (CCC) at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi. Patients move in and out of different rooms as medical specialists address various concerns.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Serenus Biotherapeutics sees large potential market in Africa

Source: SFGate

San Francisco's newest pharmaceutical company is staking its future on a distant continent: Africa.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

BitPesa set to launch in Nairobi

Source: HumanIPO

Kenyan startup BitPesa is set to formally launch in Nairobi next week, bidding to bring down the high transaction fees associated with international money remittance companies by taking advantage of the digital, borderless currency Bitcoin.
Monday, June 23, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

High cost of vaccines complicates crisis response in South Sudan

Source: Global Post

Aid group Médecins Sans Frontières says thousands of children have missed critical vaccines because pharmaceutical companies won’t budge on price
Friday, June 20, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

‘Mobile money, Bitcoin driving down African remittance costs’

Source: ITWeb Africa

Mobile money and digital currencies are being used to boost remittances into Africa and drive down the cost of sending money to the continent, experts said on Wednesday.
Thursday, June 19, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Nigeria: Stakeholders Raise Concern Over Slow Adoption of Mobile Money

Source: AllAfrica

Stakeholders at the ongoing Card, ATM and Mobile Expo, which opened in Lagos on Tuesday, have raised concern over the slow adoption of the mobile money payment system in the country.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Invested Development Invests in iProcure to Improve Access to Farming Inputs in Kenya

Source: Press Release

Invested Development (ID), an early stage impact investment fund manager, has invested in iProcure, a technology startup serving the needs of the agricultural ecosystem in Kenya. iProcure provides software to enhance sales and inventory management in rural and peri-urban agriculture markets. As a result, farmers can access high-quality farming inputs and equipment conveniently and affordably.
Thursday, June 12, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Social entrepreneur uses innovation to push economic growth

Source: News Day

Social entrepreneur Irene Chikumbo is using technological innovation to accelerate economic growth and social development in Zimbabwe.
Monday, June 09, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Acumen Joins Power Africa's Beyond the Grid as Founding Partner

Source: Press Release

Acumen is proud to be a founding partner of Beyond the Grid, an innovative framework under President Obama’s Power Africa initiative to increase energy access for underserved populations across sub-Saharan Africa. Beyond the Grid will leverage partnerships with investors and practitioners committing to invest over $1 billion into off-grid and small scale solutions for this underserved market.
Thursday, May 29, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya’s Virtual Operators Add Twist To Mobile Money Revolution

Source: AFK Insider

A move by the Kenya communication regulator to license three mobile virtual network operators (MNVO) – that don’t own their own communication infrastructure – is expected to expected to increase competition in the mobile money segment of the market that has been for the last couple of year dominated by a single player.