How Big Data can make people healthier in Emerging Markets

Guest post by Will Greene In many emerging markets, reliable data on healthcare systems is limited or nonexistent. This makes it difficult to address urgent healthcare challenges in many countries. But a growing number of tech entrepreneurs and public health activists are finding ways to fill the data gaps. There are many gaps to address. Such healthcare systems and supply chains are not typically powered by modern IT systems. Large quantities of health data end up in paper records that are lost or forgotten. Undocumented cash transactions at hospitals and…

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Snapchat loses in emerging markets while Facebook wins

Every single day there are hundreds (if not thousands) of articles about how Snapchat will take over the social media world. Or, how Snapchat has revolutionized social media. When Snapchat launched Spectacles – glasses that record you Snapchat videos and stream them via Bluetooth into your phone – caused so much buzz I couldn’t even believe. News the new colourful Spectacles flooded my newsfeed – from tech savvy couples using it in the bedroom to a surgeon performing a live surgery using it. It seems that everyone in “the world”…

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Is Facebook Marketplace ignoring emerging markets eCommerce?

Yes, it’s happening. Facebook Marketplace has finally been launched. The Marketplace is a new feature inside the Facebook mobile app. The Marketplace comes as a response to marketplaces type sites like Craigslist and eBay. It works on the same principle where people can buy and sell goods, filtered by location. The new feature has been rolled out in the USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand. The choice of these four countries does not come as a surprise – they are mature markets with high mobile internet penetration. My question is: Should Facebook…

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Innovation: Meet “Text Engine”, the Google with text messages.

I’ve had a smartphone since 2010. In developed countries, a feature phone is a memory of the past – a nostalgic thought about flip phones. However in developing and frontier markets, feature phones are still alive and well. Even in more developed places like Brazil, smartphone penetration among mobile users is still only between 30-40%. Even for those with smartphone in hand, data is very expensive and internet signals are unreliable. The lack of infrastructure is an everyday problem. But how do we bring information for those still using feature phones…

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Action for Girls: Sweden funds programme aimed to empower young women in Mozambique

Sweden and Mozambique are worlds apart when it comes to gender equality. Perhaps that’s why the new Mozambican government program Action for Girls caused such a buzz. Action for Girls launched this month, received USD $14 million from the Swedish government through the United Nations. The program will benefit more than 1 million girls and young women aged 10 – 24 years old. Mentors will serve the communities where they live, making them more effective role models and advocates.  “This program aims to help the adolescent girls to be increasingly active in…

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The Female Entrepreneurs Rising from Emerging Markets

In the Silicon Valley, the conversation on increasing female entrepreneurs in technology and the number of women founders has dominated the tech airwaves. How do women outside of Silicon Valley fare? Last year, we had just 12% female-led companies pitching in our 54 local events and there are clear cultural barriers in many of the emerging markets we cover. Thanks to initiatives like Goldman Sachs 10 000 Women and reports articulating the business case for investing in women, the future is bright for an increasing number of female founders in…

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The 5 Most Visited Social Media Sites in Uganda

Poor citizens, right?, yes; youth unemployment is over seventy percent and half of the population is below the age of 18 but, more Ugandans ‘afford’ to stream videos on YouTube every single day than read news or gossip as the US based social site floors all local sites in traffic! In fact, overall it is only Google andFacebook that receive more visitors than YouTube in Uganda. The most recent search rankings by Alexa, a global internet traffic monitoring company owned by Amazon shows a glaring difference between what many people…

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Is Social Media the new threat to the political stability in East Africa?

Guest post by Stephen Obeli Someday Unlike the Arab world that is still nursing wounds of revolutions powered by social media in 2011, East Africa so far does not have a case against the fast-growing internet service in the region. All combined, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Burundi have just under 60 million internet users with Kenya and Uganda taking more than 69% of that total. Ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit to Kenya in July 2015, American broadcaster CNN aired a story under the tagline ‘Obama heads to terror…

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Uganda: How social media is re-shaping everyday life

Gmail is indisputably the greatest mailing service that happened to Uganda since the Post Office. Its sister service Google+ thus comes out as more widely known than any other social media name only to emerge as the one with the highest number of dormant accounts too: A bunch of Gmail users actually see ‘Plus’ whenever they login to their email but have no idea it’s a social network, comparable in behavior and nature to Facebook. Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter are the most commonly used social media platforms, with LinkedIn, YouTube,…

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