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Informal Economies Hack Everything.

Steve Daniels writing in Medium: image courtesy of Steve Daniels At Makeshift, we have reported on countless cases of jugaad, gambiarra, bricolage, and jua kali. These are the names various cultures have given to an informal kind of making—the duct-tape economy. Show More Summary

Mahmud Johnson | Palm Kernel Oil Processor

In Agribusiness:Mr. Mahmud Johnson, Liberia: Mr. Johnson will use his 40 Chances award to establish Kernels for Peace (K4P), Liberia’s first fair trade palm kernel oil processing factory, which will help bridge the gap between Liberia’s wasted palm kernels (estimated at a value of $4 million) and the market demand for palm kernel oil. Show More Summary

Nina Wambiji | Fisheries Researcher

From SciDev: Scientist Nina Wambiji talks about how the support she has received from AWARD (African Women in Agricultural Research and Development) has helped her become a leading researcher in her field. She was granted a fellowship at AWARD after obtaining a PhD in Japan for her research on rabbitfish. Show More Summary

Making it as your own Manufacturer

In Design Indaba: courtesy of John Vogel Against the odds, John Vogel got it right. Since he set up his own business about 15 years ago, the Cape Town-based furniture designer has overcome the limitations of manufacturing in South Africa by creating various different entry points into the local and international market. Show More Summary


Founded by Ayodeji a leading provider of SME business management solutions in Nigeria. It uses a cloud and desktop software delivery model to provide advanced databases management capabilties to SME business outlets delivering...Show More Summary

R3 EcoFuel

Prize winning innovators: Gaironesa Clayton and Chad Atkins, were recognized for their design titled R3. Their prototype is a mechanism that uses old newspaper and turns it into a briquette which replaces firewood, promotes recycling...Show More Summary

Bagass Ash to Cement

A profile from SciDev's PhDs in Focus: Sugar cane is one of Kenya’s most important cash crops. Currently, most of the pulp, or ‘bagasse’, left after the cane’s juice is extracted goes to waste. In this film, John Mwero, an engineer at the University of Nairobi, talks about his PhD research on adding the ash left after burning bagasse to cement. Show More Summary

Potentially a $15.5 billion industry - African Fashion

From CNBC: The recent Africa Fashion Week New York is an annual showpiece that signifies the emergence of Africa in the global fashion scene. It shows that Africa is no longer a passive spectator but an active player in the world's top league of innovators and producers. Show More Summary

Mud House Design Winners

Results are in from a previously highlighted competition held by NKA foundation: Reinventing the African Mud Hut Together The competition was open to recent graduates and students of architecture, design and others from around the world. Show More Summary


Crowdsourced news from Kenya: HiviSasa (or "") is an online, local, county-level Kenyan newspaper that crowd-sources all content from local citizen reporters paying them per published story. Funded by the internet startup seed fund 88mph, has been running since early 2014. Show More Summary

Entrepreneurship development from the Songhai Centre

In Benin: This video presents the SONGHAI center, a sustainable center of micro-enterprise which also trains many young Africans. It is considered as a model of best practices for rural development, sustainable development, employment...Show More Summary

'Kushn' Fashion

Leila Dee Dougan writing in Africa is a Country about Kushn covered earlier: Pan-African fashion that rejects “social entrepreneurship‘Kushn’ is a chic, afro-futurist fashion and design store based in Cape Town. Owners Greer Valley and...Show More Summary

The Innovators

From Nigeria Rising: Jonathan Lawoyin, Director of Digital Marketing at Ready Set Rocket, traveled to Nigeria for exclusive interviews and a behind-the-scenes look at the industry. Meet the trailblazers now.

Ethiopia’s seed banks

SciDev reports: The community seed bank in Chefe Donsa, a village two hours’ drive east of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, collects and preserves the seeds of local crops to ensure farmers have a steady supply of seeds to sow each year.The Chefe Donsa seed bank is just one of 13 established in different climatic areas of the country. Show More Summary

Building 'OuedKniss' Algeria

In Wamda... "how 5 teenagers built one of Algeria's biggest websites": The story of Algeria’s eighth most visited website started eight years ago when police showed up to shut down a suburban street market. For decades the market would regularly pop up on a street called Oued Kniss in the Algiers suburb of Kouba. Show More Summary

Nguka Tableware

From Fatimata Ly: Designed in Dakar and made in Stoke-on-Trent, Nguka is a line of silk-screen printed ceramic plates designed by Fatimata Ly. The line draws its inspiration from Senegalese women portraiture in the 50’s and 60’s. The...Show More Summary

Tomato Jos

On Kickstarter: Tomato Jos is an African agricultural production company that believes in the power of farming and processing local food products for local consumption.

Fiber-Mud and Solar Powered 3D printers

The field of 3D printing continues to evolve on a number of fronts from input materials: A new Italian company is demonstrating a super-tall, portable machine that will bring 3D-printed dwellings to impoverished regions. The project comes from the 3D printer company WASP, which demonstrated the technology at Maker Faire Rome. Show More Summary

Palm Oil Processing from TELIOS Trading

In VC4Africa, a pitch from Olumuyiwa Akin-Ogundeji founder of TELIOS Trading.There is a 250,000 MT/per annum shortfall in the supply of oil palm products in Nigeria. This shortfall is presently valued at $250 Million. Despite havingShow More Summary


In South Africa: Geekulcha is a vibrant young tech company which was founded and incubated at mLab. it has has two main models, the Business model and the community for ICT students...Geekulcha also brings together ICT students, young...Show More Summary

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