Monthly Archives: October 2014

Asante Africa Foundation Launches Thought Leadership Series

Asante Africa Foundation launches Intersection thought leadership seriesOctober 23, 2014

 

First of its Kind Event Brings Together Diverse Audiences Focused on Success In Africa

Asante Africa Foundation has announced that the inaugural event of its Thought Leadership Series, “<a href="http://www.asanteafrica.org/thought-leadership-series/&quot; onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article-int', 'http://www.asanteafrica.org/thought-leadership-series/&#039;, 'The Intersection of Sustainable Investment and Philanthropy in Africa']);" title=" Continue reading

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Invigorated by African Business

by Colin Higgins with Nick James

In Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, taxi cab drivers take payments via mobile phone. After depositing some cash at the airport a-la a Bureau de Change exchange, I was set for an incredibly smooth consumer experience. African do business using mobile phonesEveryone from roadside merchants to tour guides charges for their goods and services via an SMS service called M-Pesa, which drives business for 18.2 million users. Safaricom, the provider of this service, has been publicly traded since 2002.

The common perception of market opportunities in Africa is distorted, and lacking an understanding of the ubiquity of technology. In fact, the proliferation of wireless connectivity is already enabling the economies of Tanzania and Kenya to participate in tech, leapfrogging traditional barri Continue reading

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International Day of the Girl Celebrates the Importance of Girls’ Education

Malala quoteThe International Day of the Girl Child is a day that puts girls and girls’ education in the spotlight. Malala Yousafzai’s Nobel Peace Prize challenges the world to keep that spotlight shining.

History shows that countries with more gender equality have better economic growth. Companies with more female leaders perform better. Peace agreements that include women are more durable. Parliaments with more women enact more legislation on key social issues such as health, education, anti-discrimination and child support. The evidence is clear: equality for women means progress for all. Yet, girls have a hard road to reach these positions. Barring social and cultural hurdles, girls in some parts of the world have a formidable obstacle to overcome in completing their education once they reach pu Continue reading

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