‘Africa’

Digitalizing Sub-Saharan Africa: Hopes and Hurdles

In the latest analytical chapter for the Regional Economic Outlook for sub-Saharan Africa,the IMF’s African department* examines how digitalization can transform economies and people’s lives. The COVID‑19 pandemic has amplified those hopes. The pandemic illustrates the value of digitalization, but is also a stark reminder of the remaining digital divide. Harnessing digital tools to fight […]

Contact-tracing apps are not a solution to the COVID-19 crisis

The unprecedented threat from the novel coronavirus has confined many Americans to their homes, distancing them from one another at great cost to local economies and personal well-being. Meanwhile the pressure grows on American institutions to do something—anything—about the pandemic. Encouraged by the White House, much of that pressure to act has focused on Silicon […]

Why motorbike mobile apps are scrambling for Africa

In our series of letters from African writers, Zimbabwean Andile Masuku looks at why venture capitalists are getting excited by motorbike taxis. Traffic jams are the great waster of time across Africa. Having had the pleasure of hopping on the back of a motorcycle taxi in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, I can attest to the appeal […]

Internet of Things market (IOT) 2022

Internet of Things (IoT) Testing market is estimated at $302.9 million in 2016 and is expected to reach $1776.52 million by 2022 growing at a CAGR of 34.2% from 2016 to 2022. Need for shift left testing of IoT applications and increasing importance of Devops are fueling the market. However, lack of consistency among standards […]