BotswanaPost, has partnered with Software Group -a global technology company specialized in digitalization and integration solutions for financial service providers- to introduce DigiPost, Software Group announced June 4. 

This solution, which will be an integral part of the BotswanaPost Posa'it super app, will enable individuals and small businesses to resell postal services, improving financial inclusion across the country.

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Access to detailed employment data enables targeted interventions to address critical issues such as high youth unemployment, poverty, and limited economic diversification.The initiative aligns with Africa's broader goals of leveraging technology and education to foster inclusive growth.

World Data Lab, in partnership with Mastercard Foundation, launched the Africa Youth Employment Clock in Ghana, World data lab announced on June 12. This innovative tool offers real-time data on job growth, providing critical insights into employment trends and opportunities for Africa's youth.

The Africa Youth Employment Clock is a first of its kind providing consistent, comparable labour market statistics forecasting till 2030 for youth employment in Africa. Our aim is to ensure that decision makers are equipped with the right information to effect change for the youngest workforce in the world. We are proud to be partnering with the Mastercard Foundation to shape a better understanding of youth employment.” said Vice President Strategic Engagements, World Data Lab Dr. Reshma Sheoraj.

Since its inception, the Africa Youth Employment Clock has been pivotal in fostering discussions and actions to empower Africa's youth. Offering comprehensive data for all 54 African states and detailed sub-national data for Ghana, Kenya, and Rwanda, it serves policymakers, stakeholders, and advocates focused on youth empowerment and economic development. More than a data tool, it provides actionable insights, enabling informed decisions and impactful strategies to address unemployment, poverty, and economic diversification challenges.

Mastercard highlights a significant gap between the number of young people seeking employment and the limited opportunities available. In sub-Saharan Africa, 18 million jobs need to be created annually to absorb new labor market entrants, yet only 3 million formal jobs are currently being generated, as revealed by the African-Europe Foundation in its 2022 report on Migration and Mobility.

To address this, the Mastercard Foundation aims to help 30 million young Africans secure dignified work by 2030. This goal aligns with initiatives like the Africa Youth Employment Clock, which democratizes data and informs decisions in public and private sectors. Additionally, the foundation supports the Youth Forward Initiative, connecting youth to jobs in construction and agriculture, and the Youth Think Tank, which involves young people in researching and documenting community challenges and aspirations.

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With the rise of digitalization, content creators have become an influential segment of the digital economy. However, they face challenges in financial management. Addressing these unique financial needs is crucial for African development, making initiatives like this highly significant.

Mastercard has invested $2.04 million in a partnership with Wowzi, Africa’s influencer marketing platform, and Masria Digital Payments (MDP), Wowzi announced on June 6. The five-year initiative aims to enhance financial management for content creators, providing them with advanced digital tools to manage their earnings.

Our objective is to empower these digital trailblazers with the financial tools and security they need to thrive in the dynamic payments landscape. This investment aligns with our vision to promote financial inclusion and drive innovation in an ever-evolving digital economy,” said Shehryar Ali, senior vice president and country manager for East Africa and Indian Ocean Islands at Mastercard.

Mastercard’s investment supports the gig economy by offering digital card products (watch and ring cards) for secure and convenient transactions. These cards will allow content creators to receive payments directly from brands, fans, or sponsors, bypassing traditional gateways. Meanwhile, Wowzi will leverage its network to boost content creators' visibility and profitability and MDP will manage the technical aspects, ensuring secure and seamless transactions.

The IFC report "e-Conomy Africa 2020" reveals that Africa's internet economy could reach $180 billion by 2025, contributing 5.2% to the continent's GDP. This underscores the importance of Mastercard's investment in digital solutions for African content creators. This collaboration marks a significant step towards the future of digital finance, combining creativity and technology to empower content creators in Africa.

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Entrepreneurs using data and technology to tackle social issues in Africa are invited to join the 'Think Like an Investor' program, which seeks innovative digital social innovations (DSIs) with significant impact in areas like e-health, digital inclusion, climate change, financial inclusion, connectivity, and governance.

The program, announced on the official Facebook page of the Delegation of the European Union to Namibia on June 5, offers investment readiness training, mentorship from professionals in Europe and Africa, and networking opportunities at industry events.

Eligible applicants must be from South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Zambia, Namibia, Kenya, or Senegal, and must be proficient in English. Applications are open till August 4.

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The development of a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) holds significant importance for African development on several fronts as it can serve as as a catalyst for financial inclusion, allowing unbanked populations to access formal financial services. This, in turn, can spur economic growth by empowering individuals and small businesses with access to credit and other financial tools.

The National Bank of Rwanda (BNR) intends to launch a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) to enhance financial inclusion and provide a secure alternative to cash, Deputy Governor Soraya Hakuziyaremye disclosed in a June 3 interview with The New Times Rwanda.

According to Hon. Hakuziyaremye, BNR worked with the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of ICT and Innovation on a feasibility study to prepare for the launch of the CBDC. The digital currency is expected to promote innovation, improve cross-border payments, and support Rwanda's cashless policy.

The BNR plans to involve banks and consult the public to gather feedback and address concerns about financial system stability, data privacy, and system resilience. The public consultation, open until the end of June, will inform the next step in the CBDC development, which is the proof of concept.

According to the World Bank's Global Findex 2021, 71% of adults in developing economies now have a formal financial account, a significant increase from 42% a decade ago when the database was first published. Additionally, the proportion of adults making or receiving digital payments in these economies rose from 35% in 2014 to 57% in 2021. The significant increase in digital payment adoption in developing economies underscores the potential impact of Rwanda's planned digital currency. The introduction of a digital franc could leverage this momentum to further enhance financial inclusion and efficiency in payments, aligning with broader regional and global digital transformation goals.

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Nigeria’s Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) has launched “Let’s Build, Africa,” a program aimed at helping African startups expand across the continent. The initiative provides startups with strategic insights and resources to enter new markets.

Eligible startups must be registered in Africa, have an African founder, and be at the scale-up stage. Benefits include pitching to investors, travel and ecosystem tours, six months of post-tour support, and product showcases.

The application deadline is June 30, 2024, with program activities running from July 2024 to April 2025.

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The Patoranking Foundation, led by musician Patrick Okorie (Patoranking), has partnered with ALX Africa to offer $500,000 in tech scholarships. Starting May 30, 2024, the initiative will train 40 young Africans in data analytics, cloud computing, and Salesforce Administration.

The scholarships aim to boost tech skills and provide internship opportunities with global companies. Applicants must complete the ALX admissions process and submit application videos and essays.

This new initiative aims to nurture Africa’s next generation of tech leaders.

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As the African Union's Digital Transformation Strategy for Africa (2020-2030) underscores, leveraging digital technologies is crucial for driving economic growth, improving governance, and enhancing the quality of life. The focus of African governments on AI exemplifies this strategic vision, potentially leading to increased investment in technology and infrastructure across Africa.

Zambia has finalized its Artificial Intelligence (AI) policy to drive economic growth. It is set to launch within two months, Science and Technology Minister Felix Mutati announced.

Speaking at the Copperbelt Agricultural Mining and Industrial Networking Enterprise, held from May 28 to 30, in Kitwe, Mutati highlighted AI's potential to help Zambia achieve its target of producing 3 million tonnes of copper annually through improved exploration. "AI will bring significant economic benefits," Mutati said, noting it will create jobs and expedite mineral exploration.

To prepare for an AI-driven future, Zambia will host an AI Conference next month. Compu-Connect Education will organize “The Future of AI in Africa” Global Summit and Expo from June 25 to June 27. Mutati emphasized the conference's role in exposing Zambia to the latest technological innovations and helping the public understand AI's impact.

According to the “ZAMBIA Inclusive Digital Economy Status Report” 2022, digital technologies are central to Zambia’s development strategy, as shown by their integration into national and sectoral plans and policies. The Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP) highlights enhancing ICTs as one of its key outcomes. This includes strengthening the legal framework, improving ICT infrastructure, and providing electronic services.

This initiative aligns with Zambia’s commitment to inclusive governance. By embracing AI, the country aims to enhance productivity, drive economic growth, and bridge the digital divide, setting a precedent for other African nations.

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Nigeria to Host GITEX Africa in 2025

The Nigerian Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, signed on May 30, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with KAOUN International, organizers of GITEX, to bring GITEX Africa to Nigeria in 2025.

The agreement was signed during the ongoing GITEX Africa by Kashifu Inuwa, Director General of NITDA, and Trixie LohMirmand, CEO of KAOUN International in Marrakech, Morocco.

Hosting GITEX Africa in Nigeria, the continent's most populous nation with a vibrant tech scene offers a significant opportunity to showcase the country's industries and startups to the world.

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Rwanda will host the 80th public meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) next month, marking the first time this event is held in East Africa. The Kigali Convention Centre will host the event from June 10 to 13, organized with Rwanda's Ministry of ICT and Innovation.

ICANN aims to promote a stable, secure, and unified global internet. This event underscores ICANN's commitment to international participation in Internet governance and highlights Rwanda’s growing influence in the ICT sector.

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