Last week was International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. Each year, the World Bank recognizes women who have made an impact in their communities. This year two of our young Senegalese entreprenuer women caught the World Bank’s attention for their innovative thinking.
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.
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.
Supported by the Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC), Kenya Biologics is introducing innovative natural solutions for pest control. From a human-safe virus to pheromone traps, this is how the company is revolutionizing the agricultural sector in Kenya.
Peldge51, a new mobile startup supported by the infoDev’s Mobile Innovation Program, is empowering Nigeria’s youth through a series of original applications that bring constitutional rights, entrepreneurship, and a touch of entertainment right to people’s phones. Company co-founder Zubair Abubakar sat down with us to talk about his record-breaking applications, latest trends in the mobile sector, and his plans for the future of this innovative business.