The above infographic gives an overview of Africa’s changing trade partnerships. The infographic comes courtesy of The BRICA Group, a new collaborative venture in partnership with Larry Ossei-Mensah of http://www.myglobalhustle.com. The BRICA Group’s mission is to serve as an advocate and catalyst for the development of innovation and creativity in emerging markets. We have more research and information efforts coming very soon. Visit http://www.theBRICAgroup.com for more.
I’ve been watching the African tech developer scene for a while and have begun to see steady, increased growth in the community and in government and organizational support. A vast majority of the growth has been within the past 18 months and centered around urban hubs like Ghana and Kenya. Here are a couple efforts and indicators to keep an eye on particularly if you’re looking to get or stay involved in the business of African tech development:
- Afriapps – a directory of African apps and app developers
- Apps<4>Africa - a recent contest highlighting the talent of local developers in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania; in association with the US. State Department. Video of Secretary Hillary Clinton congratulating the winners
- Growth in connectivity spurs African hacker community (read the full article)
- Googling Africa; The tech giant is diving into the continent — but are Africans interested? (read the full article)
- African tech incubators and open collaboration spaces – HiveColab, iHub Appfrica, NaiLab, Bantalabs, and LimbeLabs – recently joined forces to form AfriLabs, a Founders Fund for Africa.
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Nice CNN feature on Mo Ibrahims mission to transform Africa’s image