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The numbers are compelling: Africa’s population explosion has seen its middle class population triple over the last three decades, to a whopping 313m people. In the report, The rise and rise of Africa’s middle class , Deloitte forecasts that the African middle class population will swell from 34.3% to 42% of the continent’s population by 2060. The report reveals that the African middle class is roughly the same size as the middle class populations of India and China.
The World Bank’s fund for the poorest, IDA , was created more than 50 years ago to meet an urgent need—to make sure the world’s most vulnerable have a real chance at a decent life. A lot has happened since then. With IDA’s help, hundreds of millions of people have escaped the vicious cycle of abject poverty—through the creation of jobs, access to clean water, food security, schools, roads, electricity.
Here’s my article for Liberal Democrat News about my recent trip to Africa: I’ve recently returned to London from a visit of firsts: my first trip to Africa in my new role as Africa Minister in the Department for International Development – the first Liberal Democrat to hold any position in DFID, of which I’m incredibly honoured. I travelled to South Sudan, the newest country in the world after gaining independence from Sudan in July 2011.
Social media and access to information and communication technology is a pathway out of poverty, according to new research.
Will Mutua On October 25, 2012 http://afrinnovator.com
The “2012 Africa-EU Cooperation Forum on ICT” (an event designed to anyone with an interest in Euro-African collaborative project on ICT) was held on November 28-29, 2012, at the Centro Cultural de Belém ( CCB ) in Lisbon, Portugal.
Food Security, according to the World Food Summit of 1996, exists “when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life”. This definition takes into account both physical and economic access, availability and use of food that meets people's dietary needs as well as their food preferences.
Open data has the potential to take African development to new levels of success. The time has come for every African nation to provide the opportunity for citizens to understand more about their world. African governments have withheld information for too long.
Classroom in Mali.
Johannesburg — You wait ages for a new leader in the Horn of Africa, and then two of them come along at once.
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Mobile phone technology has grown significantly over the past decade Nigeria has close to 100M mobile phone lines, making it Africa's largest telecoms market We look at ways that mobile phones have changed lives in Africa Mobile phones have become an essential part of our everyday life. Through a special month-long series, "Our Mobile Society, " we examine how phones and tablets are changing the way we live.
[News] Africa's Talking aims at reducing information and communication poverty in Africa by providing an API that allows developers to easily connect to mobile phone networks across Africa and deploy basic mobile applications built on SMS, USSD or Voice. With more than 190 mobile phone companies in Africa, spread out over 55 countries and bureaucratic hurdles involved in connecting to mobile phone networks, it's very difficult for developers to quickly build and scale basic mobile applications across Africa.
The Rwanda Financial Map of Financial Inclusion investigates the landscape for financial services providers in Rwanda to provide insight into access to finance and financial inclusion within Rwanda.