Making the Solar Panel Switch in Ghana

From time to time, The African Angle will focus on entrepreneurs and businesses throughout Africa and discuss the political, social, or environmental issues surrounding their work. This piece, about Black Star Energy in Ghana, is the first in this occasional series.  By Carmel Pryor In December 2015, leaders from 150 nations along with 4,000 delegates from 195 countri...
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How Entrepreneurship is Transforming Africa

By Peter Bamkole "No country can achieve its full potential unless it draws on the talents of all its people" — Barack Obama at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, 2015. African countries are progressively realizing that entrepreneurship is the key to reducing youth unemployment and including young people in economic activities. Innovation and creativity are riding ...
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Empowering Farmers on the Kenyan Coast

By Esther Ngumbi The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that over 795 million people in the world are affected by severe hunger and poverty. The majority of these people live off the land, many as smallholder farmers. Their farms often have unproductive soils and are dependent on increasingly erratic rainfall patterns. When crops do grow,...
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Emerging Entrepreneurs, Part III

Franco Sacchi is a documentary filmmaker born in Zambia and based in Boston, Mass. This is Sacchi’s third blog in a series for African Angle, in which he documents emerging entrepreneurs in Africa. For parts 1 and 2 of this series, click on the associated links. By Franco Sacchi The final business I visited in Nairobi was mSurvey, a mobile survey platform oper...
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Emerging Entrepreneurs, Part II

Franco Sacchi is a documentary filmmaker born in Zambia and based in Boston, Mass. This is Sacchi’s second blog in a series for African Angle, in which he documents emerging entrepreneurs in Africa. For part 1 of this series, click the associated link By Franco Sacchi Bridge International Academies (BIA), founded by Dr. Shannon May and her husband Jay Kimmelman in 2008,...
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Emerging Entrepreneurs, Part I

Franco Sacchi is a documentary filmmaker born in Zambia and based in Boston, Mass. This is Sacchi’s first blog in a series for African Angle, in which he documents emerging entrepreneurs in Africa. By Franco Sacchi For the past two years, I traveled to Africa on behalf of The Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT to produce a series of short d...
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The Rise and Perils of West African Startups

By Raindolf Owusu                           Every week an African startup is showcased on CNN or Forbes for building innovative companies that are addressing critical local issues. Taking inspiration from global tech successes, a number of African startups have adapted these business models to become sustainable and profitable, such asiROKOtv, launched in 2011 and ...
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Can Africa’s Informal Sector Spur Growth?

By Mary Njeri Kinyanjui Many believe that informal economies in urban Africa are inferior and inhibit economic development. However, such thinking has failed to embrace a key aspect of these informal economies: solidarity entrepreneurialism—a business principle that incorporates traditional African norms and values of individual initiative and group agency. Increased int...
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The Spaza Spirit

By Faith Kiarie In May 2008, xenophobic attacks against foreign African nationals living in South Africa left tens of thousands displaced and numerous businesses and homes destroyed. A new wave of similar attacks erupted again earlier this year in the township of Soweto and quickly spread to other parts of the country. Such attacks have been ongoing since they fi...
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