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Science, technology and innovation for development

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  • 04 October 2021
  • Post by Multiple
Digital technology, the pandemic, and educational outcomes in Africa

Policies and programs in the education systems of sub-Saharan Africa cannot be ‘business as usual’ in the aftermath of Covid-19. This column argues...

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  • 05 July 2021
  • Post by Barasa, Laura Nelima
Mobile money and the business economy in Kenya

In the wake of Covid-19, Kenya’s government turned to mobile money as a measure to help curb the spread of the virus. Encouraging more transactions...

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  • 28 September 2020
  • Post by Pincet, Arnaud
Digital tools for development policy

A range of digital technologies offers the promise of making evidence-based decision-making in developing countries easier to implement. For example...

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  • 22 October 2019
  • Post by Gupta, Shivam
How digitalization is supporting sustainable development

This blog is part of a series organised in conjunction with the 19th global development conference. Digital technologies can make an enormous...

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  • 02 January 2019
  • Post by Gitonga-Karuoro, Anne
Women, business innovation, and sustainable development

Economic activities in developing countries where women’s involvement is dominant tend to be in the informal sector and therefore prone to higher...

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  • 02 December 2018
  • Post by Multiple
Energy policy for industrialization: Tanzania’s big development challenge

Successful industrial policies need to be accompanied by reliable energy policies – especially in a country like Tanzania, which is among the least...

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  • 19 November 2018
  • Post by Aspinwall, Mark
Improving governance through the lens of technology

Billions of people suffer from poor governance – and this comes at a particularly high cost in the developing world. This column explores the...

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  • 24 September 2018
  • Post by Multiple
‘Artificial general intelligence’, economic development and public policy

The technological dream of an ‘artificial general intelligence’ is seen by some as a future game-changer for economic development. But it could also...

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  • 17 September 2018
  • Post by Banga, Karishma
Digitalization and the future of industrialization in Africa

As global manufacturing becomes more digitalized, there is a danger that new opportunities will be sparse for countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The...

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  • 15 August 2018
  • Post by Naudé, Wim
Africa’s Industrial Revolution: new technology and vibrant entrepreneurship

Manufacturing remains an essential element of development, and according to this column, Africa has a golden opportunity to industrialize. The...

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