What a socially inclusive circular economy means for emerging markets

A circular economy is a multifaceted economic growth strategy that helps enterprises, society, and the environment all at the same time. Its purpose is to encourage reduced product waste, recycling, and…

Why the artisan industry needs a decentralized cross-border payment solution

The artisan industry is the second largest employment in the developing world, and the worldwide handicrafts market is predicted to reach $984.8 billion by 2023, according to NEST’s State of the Handworker Economy Report. So, why do so many craftspeople throughout the world, particularly in developing countries, live in poverty?

Emerging Markets are ready for international trade, but need trade finance

Emerging markets have grown at a lightning speed. Over the last 20 years, it has resulted in transforming international trading practices. Emerging economies now play a larger role in international trade than ever before. Twenty years ago, emerging economies accounted for about 30 percent of the world’s trade. Today, the figure stands at nearly 50 percent.
As supply and demand grow, developing market enterprises require ongoing working capital to maximize distribution, operational efficiency, and inventory turnover. International trade financing companies can assist emerging-market businesses in improving their cash flow position and reducing their risk exposure.
International trade finance companies typically extend working capital to businesses in emerging markets by providing them with trade finance facilities such as documentary collections, letters of credit, standby letters of credit, factoring facilities, and export credit. When a buyer purchases goods from a seller,

World’s first mass malaria vaccine rollout could prevent thousands of children dying

The world’s first mass vaccination program against malaria, announced this week, is set to prevent millions of children from catching malaria and thousands dying from this debilitating disease.

How we used smartphones to test for malaria: lessons from Uganda

We believe that Africa’s widespread adoption of smartphones, even in the most remote areas, could be key to empowering people to administer tests and securely share their results with health authorities.

Working with the Uganda Ministry of Health once more, we set out to develop a diagnostic app to pair with our origami diagnostic system.

Ethiopia’s blockchain deal is a watershed moment – for the technology and for Africa

Cardano, IOHK and Emurgo have been showcasing how Cardano blockchain and its core technology can be used to the benefit of African countries.

How phosphate has helped Morocco retain control over Western Sahara

Phosphate is a vital source of phosphorus – commonly used in the production of fertilizers. It is something you associate with food security, not conflict. Well, not until you visit Boucraa, a massive open-pit phosphate mine in Western Sahara – a desolate windblown territory controlled by Morocco.

E-waste: how emerging markets can leapfrog to circular economy

According to Wikipedia, India is the “fifth largest electronic waste producer in the world” with approximately 2 million tons of e-waste being generated annually plus an undisclosed amount of e-waste coming from other countries around the world.

US anti-abortion “gag rule” hits women hard: what we found in Kenya and Madagascar

US President Joe Biden has reversed a Trump administration policy that prohibited US funding for nongovernmental groups that provide or refer patients for abortions.

What next for Ethiopia and its neighbours: Somalia and Eritrea

Ethiopian leaders have always been preoccupied with protecting its territorial integrity. This preoccupation has often involved neighbouring states with an interest in Ethiopian statehood, most notably Somalia and Eritrea.