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Archive March 2015

Illiteracy and high cost widen gender gap in ICT access

Kampala – Many African women have less free time to experiment with new information and communication technology (ICT) and also experience twice as many challenges accessing the Internet as men do, a report on Uganda has shown. The report by the Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) says Ugandan women face challenges such as working infrastructure and high illiteracy rate compared to men.

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#NigeriaDecides: Sensing Defeat, PDP Moves to Frustrate Announcement of Presidential Results

Officials of Nigeria’s ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Tuesday moved to frustrate the further announcement of presidential results. The electoral agency, INEC, in Abuja had Monday released the results of 19 states which showed the candidate of the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, leading by over 2 million votes.

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Women for Expo 2015 – Interview with Kevin Akoyi: Changes will come from private sector

Leuven – The African continent has been burdened for too long by its past and both Europe and Africa need to embrace “the world of today and the changes that have occurred.” In this interview with Afronline.org, conducted in the context of WE – Women for Expo, a PHD Student at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven who for 20 years has worked for several organisations supporting viable livelihoods for smallholder farmers both in Uganda and wider Africa, discusses democracy, aid effectiveness and the role of private sector in Africa as well as “the importance of empowering African women”.

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Activists Protest Denial of Condoms to Africa’s High-Risk Groups

Tatenda Chivata, a 16-year old from Zimbabwe’s Mutoko rural district, was suspended from school for an entire three-month academic term after he was found with a used condom stashed in his schoolbag. Regerai Chigodora, a 34-year-old prisoner at a jail in Harare, had his 36-year sentence stretched to 45 years after he was caught with used condoms in prison early this year. continue reading »

Africa Tech Trends: Taxi app wars

Africa’s taxi-hailing app industry is getting far too busy. Initially South Africa gained all the attention, with Uber taking on local incumbents Snappcab and Zapacab for customers. Uber won, Snappcab clung on, and Zapacab died. The taxi wars are now spreading across the continent. In Kenya, Uber has arrived to battle Easy Taxi, and the much-smaller Maramoja has picked the worst possible moment to join them. The same is happening in Nigeria. continue reading »

Nigeria decides: So far, so good

Nigerians have voted in what commentators are describing as Africa’s most important election. There have been problems – even President Goodluck Jonathan failed to vote on his first attempt – but this shouldn’t take away from what has been an impressive process so far. There are grounds for cautious optimism, although the real test comes later, when the results are announced. By Simon Allison. continue reading »

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