Africa

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Analysis & Opinions - New African

Africa Rebooting

| April 14, 2015

"Africa still values the importance of research, but no longer considers this linear view to be viable. Based on experiences in the rapid adoption of mobile phones, the continent is now looking into combining R&D with leveraging existing technologies and using them to create new enterprises. This approach provides Africa with a more hopeful future for tapping into an exponentially-growing global knowledge reservoir."

Analysis & Opinions - New African

The 3D Printing Revolution

| March 6, 2015

Digital technologies could leapfrog Africa to a decentralised, autonomous mass production. The key ingredient to this revolution is 3D printing. Calestous Juma looks at its rapid development, provides a snapshot of its almost infinite uses, and suggests what must be done to support this possible industrial revolution.

Analysis & Opinions - The Daily Nation

Engineering is the Engine that Will Power Africa's Growth

| May 9, 2014

"...[A]ll major infrastructure projects should include specific engineering education objectives as part of performance. Expansion of telecoms infrastructure should include support for new electronics engineering schools. Examples of such efforts include the role of telecoms ministries in creation of new technology universities in Egypt, Ghana and Kenya."

Book Chapter

Technology and the Reinvention of Education in Africa

| February 2014

"...More recently, the MOOC promise has come under scrutiny as early evidence of its impact started to emerge. The rate of completion of MOOC-based courses was surprising low and their pedagogic contributions became uncertain. The evaluations, however, have failed to distinguish between the dynamics of early euphoric adopters and long-trends in technological innovation. There is a possibility that the MOOC revolution will follow the pattern of mobile phone adoption, favoring poor countries with outdated educational infrastructure and technology."

Kavirondo gulf and sedimentation (Lake Victoria, Kenya), April 30, 1993. A space program could also help Kenya monitor climate change and support decisions on critical regional resources such as Lake Victoria.

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Analysis & Opinions - CNN

Space Research and Mobile Tech: Kenya's Next 50 Years

| December 12, 2013

"Data generated by the space program would be distributed through existing mobile networks and would add value to current investments such as the fiber-optic backbone. Such a program could help strengthen Kenya's role as a regional technology hub. Such a space program could also help Kenya monitor climate change and support decisions on critical regional resources such as Lake Victoria."

Geography of Twitter @replies

Eric Fischer

Announcement - Science, Technology, and Globalization Project, Belfer Center

Innovation Africa Twitterati

August 23, 2013

STG will recognize the top 63 Innovation Africa Twitterati to help advance Africa's "Agenda 2063." Emphasis will be placed on those sharing information on science, technology, engineering, and innovation. Send us your suggestions!

A vendor waits for customers at a vegetable market, May 15, 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya. According to a UN African Development Report, food security can be achieved by boosting agricultural productivity and creating resilience against natural disasters.

AP Photo

Analysis & Opinions - allafrica.com

Why Kenya Has to Adopt Biotechnology in Farming

| June 27, 2012

"Those countries that adopt agricultural biotechnology today will be better prepared to use the same techniques to solve health, industrial and environmental problems. The underlying knowledge of genomics is the same and is remarkably versatile. As an early adopter, Kenya is now applying mobile technology to other fields such as health and agriculture."

Gertrude Kitongo poses with her mobile phone in Johannesburg, South Africa. She cherishes a cell phone as a link to family and friends and also sees it as a radio, a library, a mini cinema, a bank teller, etc., Nov. 8, 2011.

AP Photo

Magazine Article - Finance & Development

Africa's New Engine

| December 2011

Cell phone use has grown faster in Africa than in any other region of the world since 2003....Of course, South Africa—the most developed nation—still has the highest penetration, but across Africa, countries have leapfrogged technology, bringing innovation and connectivity even to remote parts of the continent, opening up mobile banking and changing the way business is done.

- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center Newsletter

Scholars Weigh Info-Tech Policy Challenges

| Winter 2011-2012

In September, experts from Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and other Boston-area universities participated in a three day conference convened by the Belfer Center to examine policy choices facing the fast-changing field of information and communications technology.