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Investing in Africa Redesign

Over the last couple of months I have been in the process of moving from my consultant position to working full-time on Ushahidi. One of my favorite projects to be a part of was the redesign of Investing in Africa, by Ryan Shen-Hoover. We’ve rebuilt the site from the ground up using Expression Engine as the core CMS, and have redesigned the look and feel completely.

One of the benefits (most of the time) of working so closely with people is that you tend to get to know them pretty well. Ryan ends up being one of those quiet and unassuming individuals who has a great depth of knowledge pertaining to Africa’s capital markets. As he states:

“…there is another side of Africa that gets a lot less press. It is a place full of hopeful and enterprising people who are confident of a better future. This is the Africa that I believe is home to some of the most attractive potential investments in the world today.”

At Investing in Africa, Ryan profiles companies and gives monthly detailed reports on his insights into local markets. So far his library includes annual reports, announcements, and financial results for more than 350 companies spanning 16 markets.

A few last changes are on the way, and a few bugs to be worked out. However, it’s up and ready to use, so take a look, sign-up for access to company reports, and definitely subscribe to his monthly newsletter ($49 annually). Below is a sample:

Investing in Africa: Sample Report, May 2008


  1. Unable to register. I got the following error message:

    The following errors were encountered

    * You are not authorized to perform this action

    Return to Previous Page

  2. @Ababoy – thanks, I’ll try and figure out what might have caused that. Ahh, the joys of last minute bugs in your system upon launch.

  3. No problems, I will try again later or when its fixed. Great idea though.

  4. Ahh, a little more digging… Expression Engine apparently has a security system in place that prevents too many registration attempts in too short a time, probably to protect against DDOS attacks. I’m not sure why it gives that horrible error message; it seems to be the default message for a lot of things. Getting somewhere though.

  5. I registered just fine and see great potential for the site and services. I read parts of the PDF and was excited that your selections outperformed the S&P. Of particular interest are Mauritius and Uganda which made my personal destinations list this year. Looking forward to subscribing and the eventual blog and RSS feeds

  6. Hash – Registration now works. I will spread the word.

  7. Am from Uganda east africa looking for investors in various sectors of the economy, am dully ready to help in processing land, licence and any other neccesities.
    Reach me via email for more information.

  8. This is a great post

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