Mobile money brings long-awaited innovation _theafricareport

ollarisation brought with it a swathe of investment by operators, rolling out new products and capacity to a population hungry to communicate.

 If any country was ready for a mobile-money explosion, it was Zimbabwe.

With dollarisation in 2009 came a complex mixture of multiple currencies whereby the dollar, rand and pula are all legal tender, and shopkeepers lacking small change hand out IOU slips for tiny amounts.

Although Econet Wireless was not the first operator to launch a mobile money product on the Zimbabwean market – government-owned NetOne launched OneWallet in January 2011 – its EcoCash product has seen a remarkable take-up, with over a million subscribers signing up in the first six months since September. Read More

Mobile Banking: Is it a Banking Solution To The Unbanked in Africa? _techtalkafrica

What has Facebook and Apple Inc done to our lives? They have change the we live and relate to each other. What about mobile banking?

Banking the unbanked especially in African countries has for along time been a major predicament. Due to the low level of technology, illiteracy, under development, and lack of proper awareness, the banking sector has been lagging unlike others such as IT and other sectors in the industry. Read More


Research Project in Department of History and Ethnology, University of Jyväskylä Leader: Professor Laura Stark

Project Background and Objectives

One problem shared by the poor in all developing countries is lack of affordable access to relevant information and knowledge services. There is widespread consensus that information and communication technologies (ICTs) present one solution to this problem, with mobile phones showing particular promise. Mobile phones are more affordable than computers, require less infrastructure, do not require the user to have much technological knowledge or even to be able to read and write, and are easy to carry from place to place. Read More

Developer Economics

Our research is based on an online survey of 1,500+ developers from across the globe, as well as 20 qualitative interviews. Our sample was global, including developers not just from North America, Europe and Asia, but also from Africa, Oceania and Latin America.

Here are some of the many insights from the report:

– The average per-app revenue is in the range of $1,200-$3,900 per month, depending on platform
– Irrespective of which platform they primarily use, the majority of developers (57%) plan to adopt Windows Phone
– Tablets are now a mainstream screen for developers: more than 50% of developers are now targeting tablets, with iOS developers most likely (74%) to do so
– North America tops app demand with 41% of developers indicating this is a top-3 download region, irrespective of their region of origin Read More