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Quartz Africa Weekly Brief – April 5, 2020

Hi, Quartz Africa readers! MAKING IT IN AFRICA This week, universities in Zimbabwe gave the country’s Coronavirus campaign a boost when they teamed up to form something of a manufacturing hub for masks, gloves and hand sanitizers. Even though these products were not...

Quartz Africa Weekly Brief – March 29, 2020

Hi, Quartz Africa readers! STEPPING UP Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba, made global headlines this week with his donation of essential medical supplies amid the coronavirus pandemic. It’s perhaps the most high profile example of how private businesses are utilizing their...

Quartz Africa Weekly Brief – March 22, 2020

Hi, Quartz Africa readers! IT’S GETTING COLD Most of us have watched the slow, slow, quick, quick rate of coronavirus spread across Africa over the last fortnight. The concerns about the potential outsize impact of a viral outbreak simultaneously hitting multiple...

Quartz Africa Weekly Brief – March 8, 2020

Hi, Quartz Africa readers! CORONAVIRUS HITS The last fortnight has been a rude awakening for Sub-Saharan Africa as fears of the coronavirus’s inevitable arrival were realized. First in Nigeria, then Senegal, then South Africa, Cameroon, and Togo. The numbers are still...

Institute of African Studies Celebrating 10 years of Impact

Overview The Institute of African Studies has made great strides since its inception almost a decade ago. Looking back on the last 10 years, the IAS has been a hub for enriching exchanges, collaborations between the continent and its diaspora and has been a second...

Quartz Africa Weekly Brief – March 1, 2020

Hi, Quartz Africa readers! YOUTH OPTIMISM VS YOUTH BULGE Over the next 30 years, half of the world’s population growth will happen here in Africa. Inevitably, that impending reality prompts questions about whether governments across the continent can cater to the...

Quartz Africa Weekly Brief – February 23, 2020

Hi, Quartz Africa readers! BLOWING IN THE WIND This week we wrote about how more of Africa’s leading economies are looking to wind energy to power homes. It was worth noting because when it comes to renewable energy much of our discussions have focused just on solar...

Quartz Africa Weekly Brief – February 16, 2020

Hi, Quartz Africa readers! CREDIT SCARRED African debt is on the rise and that fact is causing tensions to spark in unexpected places. Total external debt for Sub Saharan Africa jumped nearly 150% to $583 billion in 2018 from $236 billion 10 years earlier, according...

Quartz Africa Weekly Brief – February 9, 2020

Hi, Quartz Africa readers! SPENDING POWER In the early 2010s, African tech ecosystems were defined by the promise of e-commerce with a simple mission: getting hundreds of millions of young Africans to make online purchases. A decade on, the mission still remains a...

Quartz Africa Weekly Brief – November 24th

Hi, Quartz Africa readers! BETTER HALF The number of women founders and co-founders in Africa is on the rise, according to research by Venture Capital for Africa (VC4A) an online community for startups. In 2019 that number was still just at 18%, that’s fewer than one...

Quartz Africa Weekly Brief – November 17

Hi, Quartz Africa readers! BEATING THE ODDS An often repeated saying among entrepreneurs in Nigeria is one borrowed from New York: “If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.” But the circumstances are usually less glamorous than in New York. The sentiment...

African Studies @ Carleton Digest , November 8, 2019

African Studies News and Events No Images? Click here Upcoming Events Les Cafés Féministes: Nigel Lezama | Splendeurs et misères de la femme noire dans la culture hip-hop Nigel Lezama, professeur agrégé au département de langues, littératures et cultures modernes à...

Quartz Africa Weekly Brief – November 10

Hi, Quartz Africa readers! UP NORTH One unintended outcome of the “sub-Saharan Africa” classification of African countries is that North Africa is typically excluded from conversations about Africa’s tech startup landscape. This often means we’re sharing an incomplete...

Quartz Africa Weekly Brief – November 3rd

Hi, Quartz Africa readers! DIGITALLY VULNERABLE As African countries economies and governments digitize rapidly the need for transparent rules about what happens with citizens’ data is becoming a more pressing issue\. Nigeria is at the early stages of trying to roll...

Quartz Africa Weekly Brief – October 20

Hi, Quartz Africa readers! BROADBAND DREAMS One of the lessons of working with remote teams on the African continent or traveling around Africa is that the internet is not the internet everywhere you go. Sure, everyone has Google, Facebook and WhatsApp, but the...

African Studies @ Carleton Digest – October 11, 2019

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African Studies @ Carleton Digest – October 4th , 2019

Upcoming Events Upcoming Events Race for Education: Gender, White Tone and Schooling in South Africa ​Professor Mark Hunter Professor Mark Hunter of the department of Geography & Planning,  University of Toronto will be discussing his new book – “Race for...

Quartz Africa Weekly Brief – October 6, 2019

Hi, Quartz Africa readers! MOBILE MONEY 2.0 It’s been an eventful week for mobile money especially if you were a consumer in Zimbabwe, where the central bank shut down mobile money-to-cash transactions for three days before reversing the ban. Of course, there is the...

African Studies @ Carleton Digest – September 27, 2019

Upcoming Events 5th Annual IAS Undergraduate Conference Globalization, Media and the African City The Institute of African Studies (IAS) at Carleton University’s 5th annual undergraduate research conference titled “Globalization, Media and the African...

News from our members – nouvelles de nos membres: Patricia Kumbakisaka

My name is Patricia Kumbakisaka, and I am a proud Canadian-Congolese-Romanian. How often do you see Romanians with last names such as ‘Kumbakisaka’? You are probably used to see last names like ‘Florescu’ or ‘Stefanescu’. People call me the ‘citizen of the world’,...

African Studies @Carleton Digest – September 20, 2019

Upcoming Events 5th Annual IAS Undergraduate Conference Globalization, Media and the African City The Institute of African Studies (IAS) at Carleton University’s 5th annual undergraduate research conference holds on Saturday, October 5th, 2019 at Carleton...

Quartz Africa Weekly Brief – September 22

Hi, Quartz Africa readers! CHANGE MAKERS This week we published the 5th annual Quartz Africa Innovators list. As with previous editions we had a collection of 30 Africans who have dedicated vast amounts of their energies to improving their local communities and...

GRA présente: les multiples crises du Cameroun

The Africa Study Group is happy to announce its second event for 2019-20, a discussion of the several crises in Cameroon, their root causes and possible way out, with Chris Roberts of the University of Calgary and Maxime Jong, a political analyst from Douala. ...

ASG presents: Ethiopia perspectives

(le français suit) The Africa Study Group is happy to announce its first event of the 2019-2020 season, a panel on the outlook for Ethiopia, given the many changes in the last 18 months. Time: Thursday September 26th from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM Place: Colonel By...

Quartz Africa Weekly Brief – September 8

Hi, Quartz Africa readers! THE REVOLUTION IS OUTSIDE World Economic Forum events often have an air of exclusivity. Presidents, senior government officials, top executives of major multinationals and leaders of large NGOs all get together in Davos and around...