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'Recovery lending' helps disaster-stricken farmers get back on track

Accessing credit has long been a major hurdle for small-scale farmers in Africa, who produce some 70 percent of the continent's food

By Robert Kibet 1 day ago

Cash is no longer king. All hail digitisation
Cash is no longer king. All hail digitisation

Cold, hard cash has been on the decline in mature first world economies since the 1990s when electronic banking started becoming popular.

By Peter Alkema 3 days ago

Seedstars crowns Numida best Ugandan startup
Seedstars crowns Numida best Ugandan startup

At the Seedstars Uganda finals, Numida was selected as the top startup in the region

8 Aug 2017

Innovation doesn't have to be disruptive
Innovation doesn't have to be disruptive

It is clear that technology is changing the landscape of financial services in rural Africa, says KPMG

8 Aug 2017

The convergence of credit card and cash in Africa
The convergence of credit card and cash in Africa

According to a recent study conducted by Mastercard, over 50% of the South African population still transact using cash on a daily basis

By Simeon Tassev 1 Aug 2017

Bitcoin tests democracy amid fears of split
Bitcoin tests democracy amid fears of split

Fears of a possible split in the bitcoin community, which might create two varieties of the crypto-currency, are overblown

By Hanna Ziady 31 Jul 2017

Tim Kabiru
Jamii Bora Bank introduces integrated digital banking platform

Jamii Bora Bank (JBBL), a Kenyan SME lender, has launched an integrated digital banking system to enable its customers to conduct business online

31 Jul 2017

Andreas Berger, AGCS chief regions & markets officer; Delphine Traoré Maïdou, Allianz Africa COO; Oliver Bäte and Coenraad Vrolijk Allianz Africa CEO.
African insurance market ripe for digitalisation

Insurance customers have new expectations, thanks to digitalisation.

25 Jul 2017

Nefrids Africa wins Seedstars Tanzania round
Nefrids Africa wins Seedstars Tanzania round

Nefrids Africa has won the Tanzania round of Seedstars World and will represent Tanzania at the Seedstars Summit in Switzerland to compete for up to $1m in equity investments and other prizes

25 Jul 2017

African winners in mobile remittance awards
African winners in mobile remittance awards

Mahindra Comviva and Econet Wireless Zimbabwe win The RemTECH Award in the ‘Visionary Game Changer' category

25 Jul 2017

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IMF calls for Mozambique to come clean on debts

MAPUTO - Mozambique must fill in "critical information gaps" over $2bn of secret government loans, the International Monetary Fund said

21 Jul 2017

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AHIF of significant economic benefit to host countries

Grant Thornton has quantified the significant economic benefits of the Africa Hotel Investment Forum to host countries. Hosting an AHIF event is of direct benefit to the local economy, with an estimated worth of over $4bn

14 Jul 2017

Jeremy Awori, CEO: Barclays Bank Kenya
Barclays Kenya to close branches as tech takes hold

Barclays Bank of Kenya (BBK) is closing seven of its branches in the country

By Kennedy Kangethe 12 Jul 2017

Lending potential in Africa
Lending potential in Africa

There's huge potential for home-grown peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platforms, according to a recently released report on alternative financing vehicles

11 Jul 2017

#StartupStory: The Sun Exchange
#StartupStory: The Sun Exchange

Through The Sun Exchange, anyone can go solar and start building wealth powered by sunlight. It allows for collaborative solar finance using blockchain

By Ilse van den Berg 11 Jul 2017

Travis Kalanick, former CEO of Uber. Photo: Inc.
Bowing out gracefully: What startup founders can learn from Travis Kalanick

Sometimes the entrepreneurial traits of a startup founder are not conducive to running a large-to-global business. Just ask Travis Kalanick

10 Jul 2017

Sneha Shah, managing director: Thomson Reuters Africa
Investment banking fees reach four-year high on the sub-continent

Sub-Saharan African investment banking fees reached $244.7m during the first half of 2017, up 12% from the value recorded for the same period in 2016

6 Jul 2017

Rights offer pays off for Mara Delta
Rights offer pays off for Mara Delta

Mara Delta, the only pan-African property fund listed on the JSE, is set to be worth close to R8bn following a well-supported rights offer, according to CEO Bronwyn Corbett

30 Jun 2017

Study reveals China commands almost 50% of Africa's international EPC market
Study reveals China commands almost 50% of Africa's international EPC market

According to a new report by McKinsey Africa, China's involvement in Africa is bigger and more multifaceted than previous studies suggest

28 Jun 2017

#StartupStory: KapitalWise
#StartupStory: KapitalWise

KapitalWise uses predictive analytics to analyse your accounts and move extra cash towards your investment goals. In a nutshell, it automates savings and investing

By Ilse van den Berg 27 Jun 2017

Yes, microlending reduces extreme poverty
Yes, microlending reduces extreme poverty

A small boost in microlending to the developing world could lift more than 10.5 million people out of extreme poverty

By Quanda Zhang 26 Jun 2017

Tabech wins Seedstars Mozambique round
Tabech wins Seedstars Mozambique round

Mobile insurance startup Tabech has been selected as the winner of the Mozambique round of Seedstars World for its Móvelcare product. It was also announced that the annual Seedstars Africa Regional Summit will take place in Mozambique

22 Jun 2017

Brooks Mparutsa, executive director of Hollard's international business.
Hollard partners with Cigna

Insurer Hollard planned "significant acquisitions" on the continent in the next few years

20 Jun 2017

#StartupStory: Flexpay
#StartupStory: Flexpay

In the #StartupStory spotlight this week is Flexpay: a product created in response to the high demand in the market for purchasing goods via piecemeal payments

By Ilse van den Berg 19 Jun 2017

New digital venture fund from Orange
New digital venture fund from Orange

Orange Digital Investment launches a new investment initiative of €50m devoted to startups in Africa

14 Jun 2017

Three South African startups advance to Seedstars national finals
Three South African startups advance to Seedstars national finals

Seedstars has selected three startups to advance to the Seedstars South Africa grand final. In addition, the 12 startups to pitch at Seedstars Mozambique have been announced

13 Jun 2017

Cape fires, storms may cost insurers R4bn
Cape fires, storms may cost insurers R4bn

Losses caused by Western Cape fires and storms could cost the insurance industry in excess of R3bn to R4bn

12 Jun 2017

Chad settles tax dispute with foreign oil firms
Chad settles tax dispute with foreign oil firms

N'DJAMENA - Chad, one of the African countries hit hardest by the drop in oil prices, announced that it had reached an accord with a group of foreign energy companies ending a tax dispute

12 Jun 2017

Dr Ramakrishna Sithanen
Key strategies to developing Zanzibar into a world-class destination

Dr Ramakrishna Sithanen recently paid a visit to Zanzibar to offer insight into strategies that led Mauritius becoming one of Africa's leading economies

12 Jun 2017

Social media and its role in investor relations
Social media and its role in investor relations

Few companies realise the impact social media has on shaping investors' views

By Noah Greenhill 12 Jun 2017

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