Venture Capital to Drive Growth in Africa’s Tech Ecosystem

Contributed by – Fredrick Obura Fredrick Obura is a Nairobi-based journalist and International Center For Journalist Fellow (ICFJ). He can be reached at fredobura@yahoo.com. Africa’s economy continues to showcase remarkable growth potential, with a projected average gross domestic product (GDP) growth of approximately 4% in 2023 and 2024. Against this backdrop, the continent is abuzz […]

 Digital Public Goods/Infrastructure for Development 

The benefits of DPGs include reducing duplication of effort, faster adoption and customization of proven systems, and transparency in public service delivery. They also offer opportunities for engaging stakeholders in the design and development process. There are essential conditions for effective DPG and DPI adoption including Harmonized Policy and Legal Frameworks, developing skills and capabilities, following a Market System Development (MSD) Approach and using case-based adoption.

How Fintech Can Accelerate Ethiopia’s Energy Sector Transformation

The adoption of fintech solutions in the energy sector has the potential to transform Ethiopia’s energy landscape. By providing convenient, secure, and efficient payment options, fintech can help ensure universal access to electricity. By enabling financial inclusion for renewable energy projects, fintech can also help drive innovation and investment in the renewable energy sector. And by leveraging data analytics for optimal energy management, fintech can help improve the efficiency and sustainability of Ethiopia’s energy infrastructure.

The Road to Digitalization – Lessons From Fuel Stations

There’s been a seismic shift towards expanding digital financial services (DFS) in recent years, which has opened up more opportunities for women as Ethiopia transitions to a digital economy. However, in 2020 the gender gap in overall bank account ownership expanded to an estimated 19 percentage points, with women 67% less likely to have mobile money accounts and 30% less likely to own or use a mobile phone. Turning the tide of these inequalities requires a concerted effort among all stakeholders.

Payment Digitization for SMEs in Ethiopia: Opportunities and Barriers

There’s been a seismic shift towards expanding digital financial services (DFS) in recent years, which has opened up more opportunities for women as Ethiopia transitions to a digital economy. However, in 2020 the gender gap in overall bank account ownership expanded to an estimated 19 percentage points, with women 67% less likely to have mobile money accounts and 30% less likely to own or use a mobile phone. Turning the tide of these inequalities requires a concerted effort among all stakeholders.

Mobile Payment Disruption in Ethiopia: Strategies for Traditional Banks and Payment Switches

There’s been a seismic shift towards expanding digital financial services (DFS) in recent years, which has opened up more opportunities for women as Ethiopia transitions to a digital economy. However, in 2020 the gender gap in overall bank account ownership expanded to an estimated 19 percentage points, with women 67% less likely to have mobile money accounts and 30% less likely to own or use a mobile phone. Turning the tide of these inequalities requires a concerted effort among all stakeholders.

Are Financial Services Only Reserved For The Well-off?

There’s been a seismic shift towards expanding digital financial services (DFS) in recent years, which has opened up more opportunities for women as Ethiopia transitions to a digital economy. However, in 2020 the gender gap in overall bank account ownership expanded to an estimated 19 percentage points, with women 67% less likely to have mobile money accounts and 30% less likely to own or use a mobile phone. Turning the tide of these inequalities requires a concerted effort among all stakeholders.

Investment in DFS: Heed Legal Frameworks and Ecosystem

Unlike in other ventures, revenue from investment in DFS depends completely on maintaining a successful end-to-end transaction process in the ecosystem. A payment system operator that wants to integrate various payment outlets will not be profitable unless all the services are functional and the payment accepting party is seamlessly integrated.