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  • Will 1 Million Digital Devices in 22,000 Primary Schools Create a Unified Education Solution for Kenya?

    Nairobi | By on October 6, 2016 | Comments Off on Will 1 Million Digital Devices in 22,000 Primary Schools Create a Unified Education Solution for Kenya?

    At the recent Technology Salon Nairobi, technologists and educators asked how could technology improve education in Kenya? One way is through a set of software and content that is curated into a digital literacy stack: A set of interoperable, reusable tools that serve as the foundation for multiple apps and services; Transparent, discoverable technologies: open…

  • Solar Lighting PAYG Systems Are Illuminating Zambian Opportunities

    Lusaka | By on April 2, 2015 | Comments Off on Solar Lighting PAYG Systems Are Illuminating Zambian Opportunities

    The need for light is high across the African continent, where approximately 70% of households are off-grid and 64% of its imported oil is destined for 19th century kerosene and paraffin lighting. Although the demand is high for solar powered lighting, the opportunities to convert that demand into a social business are not evenly distributed. In…

  • What is the Solar Power Opportunity in Southern Africa?

    Lusaka | By on March 17, 2015 | Comments Off on What is the Solar Power Opportunity in Southern Africa?

    Mobile payments have broken down major barriers to solar energy. High upfront capital costs can now be spread over multiple small payments. This Pay as You Go (PAYG) solar revolution is sweeping East Africa, particularly Kenya. Rural populations that are largely off grid, are keen to kick their kerosene habit and enjoy the benefits of…

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