March 27 will mark the official launch of the Ethiopia Climate Innovation Center (ECIC), a new business hub designed to support local clean energy and climate technology ventures and create green jobs in the region.
The Kenya Climate Innovation Center identifies and supports groundbreaking technologies and innovative business models that can turn climate challenges into opportunities for sustainable growth. It is the first of its kind in the world and in December, a little over a year after its launch, it was time to take stock of its main successes, challenges and lessons learned.
Kate Mahugu, cofounder of Shopsoko made quite an impression when she was in Washington, DC for our 2013 Mobile Startup Camp. She not only impressed infoDev but has caught the attention of global corporations and well-established organizations. There's no stopping her as she's determined to let others know about local artisans in developing countries.
m:lab East Africa—the Nairobi-based mobile innovation hub supported by infoDev—is one of seven organizations to win a grant from the Africa Impact Economy Innovations Fund (IEIF). The fund is awarded to organizations that support social and impact enterprises with a focus on creating sustainable impacts for underserved communities.
Fresh off a string of recent successes—being a VentureOut Challenge finalist, presenting at DEMOAfrica, pitching at the 1776 Challenge Cup Tour in Cape Town—GoMetro CEO Justin Coetzee chats with us about the evolving field of startups building smarter cities.
In developing countries, water purification can be costly and energy-intensive. Due to the lack of proper public infrastructure, purifying water requires significant investments in the construction of private wells and pumps that can filter underground water from bacteria and sediments. While access to clean water is a luxury that only a small part of the population can afford, many are forced to boil the water they use.
Mobile entrepreneur Gilbert Mwiinga has released Constitution App, an ingenious tool that lets Zambian citizens participate in the country’s ongoing constitution-drafting process—effectively allowing almost any Zambian adult to help forge the nation.
People traveling across Zambia have a new travel companion, courtesy of two enterprising, self-taught hackers bringing down language barriers in their community.