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12 Ideas To Improve Development Research Access And Uptake

Anna Scott | Guardian | June 24, 2013

Our expert panel suggests how to ensure that research is open, accessible and still of high quality Read More »

2015 Resolution: Accept That Diseases Hop Borders, Don’t Dismiss Them, And Don’t Panic

Maryn McKenna | WIRED | January 3, 2015

...There’s no question that the big public health story of 2014 was Ebola. The African epidemic has now racked up more than 20,000 cases, according to the World Health Organization, which has put together a useful map and timeline of developments since March...

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30 Brilliant African Tech Startups

Martin Carstens | Ventureburn | February 9, 2012

The secret is out. Wired likens the opportunities in Africa to those of the pre-dotcom boom in 1995. Says the magazine: “If you want to become extremely wealthy over the next five years, and you have a basic grasp of technology, here’s a no-brainer: move to Africa.” Read More »

30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs In Africa 2014

Mfonobong Nsehe | Forbes | February 4, 2014

There has never been a more inspired generation of young Africans. These builders, innovators and risk takers are fervent in their resolve to transform the continent. They are solving critical socio-economic problems, exporting African culture to the world, creating job opportunities for Africans, re-telling Africa’s stories, and writing the future. Read More »

3D Printing Helps Amputees

Staff Writer | ITWeb | January 10, 2014

Not Impossible, a California-based media and technology company, has embarked on a project to use 3D printing to provide hands and arms for amputees in South Sudan and the war-torn Nuba Mountains. Read More »

3D Printing Prosthetic Limbs: How 'Project Daniel' Is Revolutionizing Healthcare In South Sudan

Melanie Ehrenkranz | International Digital Times | January 14, 2014

Daniel Omar was 14-years-old when he lost both of his arms in a bomb attack in the Nuba Mountains of South Sudan. Fast forward two years. Thanks to the innovations of California-based research firm Not Impossible Labs as well as the advancements in 3D printing, Daniel now has his left-arm prosthetic and is currently helping to print prostheses for others. [...] Read More »

A Doctor Leverages Open Source to Learn How to Code And Improve Medical Care in Africa

Judy Gichoya is a medical doctor from Kenya who became a software developer after joining the open source medical records project, OpenMRS. The open source project creates medical informatics software that helps health professionals collect and present data to improve patient care in developing countries. After seeing how effective the open medical records system was at increasing efficiency and lowering costs for clinics in impoverished areas of Africa, she began hacking on the software herself to help improve it. Then she set up her own implementation in the slums outside Nairobi, and has done the same for dozens of clinics since. This is a classic story of open source contributors, who join in order to scratch an itch. But Gichoya was a doctor, not a programmer. How did she make the leap?

A Gathering Of Africa’s Tech Hubs: AfriLab Gathering At Re:publica Berlin

Loren Treisman | Indigo Trust | May 28, 2013

The definite highlight of attending Re:publica was the gathering of African Tech Hubs taking place there, organised by AfriLabs.  Having recently appointed a new Director Tayo Akinyemi, their role is to strengthen collaboration between Africa’s tech hubs [...]. Read More »

A Grant For Northern Aid

Staffwriter | Indigo Trust | June 12, 2013

Working with their partner, Christian Aid, Kenyan NGO Northern Aid will soon be trialling an innovative water payment system in north eastern Kenya. Read More »

A New Resource For Agriculture

Pete Cranston | ICT Update | June 1, 2013

Why is open access to research and other data important? Read More »

A Patient In Minnesota Has Lassa Hemorrhagic Fever. (Don’t Panic.)

Maryn McKenna | Wired | April 4, 2014

News from the Minnesota Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: A Minnesota traveler returning from Africa has been hospitalized with what the CDC confirms to be Lassa fever, a viral hemorrhagic fever that is often lumped together with Ebola hemorrhagic fever, though they are caused by different organisms. Read More »

Access Barriers Relegating Africa To Invisible Research Contributor

Jean McKenzie | Engineering News | November 8, 2012

The growth of research in Africa and the ability to find solutions to the continent’s problems will remain limited if African academic libraries continued to have restricted access to official research information, Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom said on Wednesday. Read More »

Access to Open Data ‘Key to Sustainable Development’

Open access to scientific and technological data could help Africa achieve sustainable development goals, a meeting has heard. According to information and communication technology (ICT) experts who attended the International Workshop on Open Data for Science and Sustainability in Developing Countries in Nairobi, Kenya, early this month (6-8 August), open access will enable researchers, policymakers, technology developers and the public access information and share knowledge for informed decisions. Read More »

Africa And LTE #1: Inbound Roamers (Or Tourists To You And Me)

Diarmuid Mallon | ZDNet | June 12, 2013

Africa is upgrading to next-generation mobile networks. Tourism is one of the reasons why. Read More »

Africa And LTE #2: Leapfrogging Fixed Broadband

Diarmuid Mallon | ZDNet | June 14, 2013

While the West goes about the expensive process of replacing old systems with new ones, Africa is skipping straight to the latest technology. Read More »