Understanding the African Consumer

By David Stevens Much has been made of the development of the African consumer as the driving force of long term African growth.  In 2012, McKinsey’s The Rise of the African Consumer saw the consumer market as the “single-largest business opportunity,” on the continent, and projected consumer-facing industries to grow by $400 billion by 2020. The report goes on to lo...
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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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LGBT Rights in Kenya: A Conversation with David Kuria

by Patrick Kurth In anticipation of Barack Obama's recent trip to Nairobi, many Kenyan politicians publicly disparaged the president's support of LGBT rights, with one MP demanding that he leave 'the gay agenda' at home. Despite their protestations, Obama candidly addressed the state's discrimination against sexual minorities, prompting Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to...
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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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Addressing Hate Speech in African Digital Media

By Mohamed Keita Across Africa in recent years, cycles of xenophobia, ethnic hatred, and homophobia have sometimes degenerated into deadly spasms of violence. On many occasions, the dissemination of unfiltered incendiary messages on digital media and social media platforms allows hateful messages to become more widespread—and quickly. The deadly xenophobic violence i...
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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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