What Tech Innovation Really Looks Like in Emerging Markets

This episode is about tech innovation in emerging markets beyond the big headlines! I invited Max Cuvellier, Head of Mobile for Development at GSMA and co-founder of Africa: The Big Deal. We chose 3 tech startups that are solving real life problems with innovative solutions in sectors that don’t get the big headlines like fintech companies do. 1. Twiga Foods (Kenya): simplifying the supply chain between fresh food producers, FMCG manufacturers and retailers through a B2B e-commerce platform. 2. Coliba (Ivory Coast): a web, mobile and SMS platform that connects households and businesses…

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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 reuse in addition to making better use of resources. A circular economy is a holistic approach to economic development that benefits enterprises, society, and the environment all at the same time. The objective is to use resources more efficiently and effectively by encouraging product avoidance, recycling, and reuse. Unlike the “take-make-waste” linear model, driven by hyper-consumption, short thinking, resource over-extraction,…

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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?

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Unleashing the Power of Data in Emerging Markets

I interviewed Joseph Rutakangwa, co-founder of Rwazi, a company using on-ground data from markets across sub-Saharan Africa. Joseph told me why this is so important for emerging markets economic development in the private sector and also in the public sector. So he came up with the idea of starting Rwazi using gig workers – what he calls “mappers” – and they provide the most accurate and localized data for companies and NGOs.

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How Trade and Trade Finance can Help Emerging Markets

How can trade and trade finance help emerging markets? Here is my chat with Andrea Frosinini, a trade finance advisor and he is also on the advisory board of TOTTA (Trans-Oceanic Trade Tech Alliance) and Blockchain Supply Chain Association. We talked about how the blockchain technology can revolutionize international trade and supply chain, making trade and trade finance more inclusive for businesses in developing countries. Also, we discussed the challenges for changing the mindset of traditional financial institutions and why Andrea thinks that cryptocurrencies, especially Bitcoin, will cause a bigger impact in emerging markets.…

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