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Quick Hits Around African Tech

I’m thoroughly enjoying Dambisa Moyo’s “Dead Aid” book. Buy it, has great food for thought, and numbers to back it up.

The New York Times article on big web content companies lack of profitability in places like Africa.

We’re seeing a new trend of microblogging platforms emerge across Africa. Most recently in the Congo with Akouaba, but also in Nigeria with Naijapulse and South Africa’s Gatorpeeps.

Matt Berg writes about the “Off-grid solar calculator” in North Africa.

Mobility Nigeria points out that Nigeria displaces Germany in the Opera Mini top 10 list.

Bankelele breaks down some of mobile payment tool M-Pesa’s strengths and weaknesses in Kenya.

We’ve announced Ushahidi’s Beta stage, and another round of funding.

APC talks about the broadband rollout issues and a movement to change policy in South Africa.

5 Comments

  1. Dead Aid has stirred up a lot of controversy. Most of the reviews I’ve read have been negative. A good list of reviews is here:

    http://bottombillion.com/2009/03/dead-aid-the-debates/

  2. @Thomas Smyth – I appreciate the link, and I’ve read a few of them already. What I’d really like to see is an African’s take on the book. A rebuttal from someone who is African would carry a lot more weight with me.

  3. I think you mean “Matt Berg”

  4. @Wayan – Good catch. fixed.

  5. Hello! I thought you might like to know that I’ve interviewed Dambisa and one of her critics: a young African student attending college in Canada. You can hear it HERE:
    http://dave-lucas.blogspot.com/2009/04/interview-dambisa-moyo.html

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