Where to find great stories about African innovation

January 8, 2018 | Estimated reading time: 2 minutes Read Time

January is the best time to get up-to-speed with the latest science and tech news from the continent. Here are four destinations for stories about the places and faces shaping African STI. Quartz Africa Two years after its launch, Quartz Africa is a bastion for up-to-the-minute, incisive reports on pan-African innovation. Recent highlights include a… Read More

Kuraymat Solar Plant, Egypt

Five questions with Professor Hesham El-Askary

January 4, 2018 | Estimated reading time: 6 minutes Read Time

This week, we interviewed Professor Hesham El-Askary, Professor of Remote Earth Sensing and Earth Systems Science at Chapman University, and a speaker at last November’s Spotlight Seminar on Renewable Energy in Africa. Professor El-Askary spoke passionately about harnessing North Africa’s solar energy resources and GEO-CRADLE, a new project that coordinates earth observation activities in North Africa, the… Read More

The informal sector deserves more attention in African development

December 12, 2017 | Estimated reading time: 2 minutes Read Time

Current developmental discourses focus more on shoehorning Western-inspired policies into African governance rather than exploring how existing economic models can be adapted to our countries’ needs. Given its importance to local economies, the informal sector deserves more attention as a driver of development. According to The International Labour Organisation (ILO), the informal sector equates to… Read More

Four amazing advancements in science and technology in Africa

December 11, 2017 | Estimated reading time: 3 minutes Read Time

At the PEI, we want to shine a light on outstanding scientific, technological and commercial innovation happening in and for Africa. In no particular order, here are four news stories that illustrate how innovators are harnessing science and technology for real impact on the continent.  1) South African company empowers ‘green entrepreneurs’ South Africa has one… Read More

Innovation within the informal sector

November 27, 2017 | Estimated reading time: 1 minute Read Time

Exploring the innovation shown in various industries within the informal sector, we can draw inspiration from the business concept of street hawking, or, as I like to call it, “Traffic Marketing”. Most people who have lived or been to West Africa are aware of the term “go-slow” or traffic congestion. In Nigeria, for instance, it’s… Read More