How Fast is Fast Growth in Africa?

How Fast is Fast Growth in Africa?

In venture capital investing, growth is typically measured around the proverbial “10x”, as in ten-fold growth in revenues, and is typically wrapped around the unspoken norm of the ten-year lifetime of a fund. Or in short, 10x in 10 years is considered successful. In...
Distributed Infrastructure: A Solution to Africa’s Urbanization

Distributed Infrastructure: A Solution to Africa’s Urbanization

Kivomo is a beautiful village in the northern Gisaba district in Rwanda. The small community boasts 196 homes and 876 people. With extremely low incomes, most of the local population works in agriculture, growing and selling mostly beans, maize, and nuts. 30 homes in...
Bridging Africa’s Digital Divide

Bridging Africa’s Digital Divide

In just the past decade, it is hard to underestimate the explosive impact in Africa of the mobile phone. The tiny device has already transformed finance (with e-payments), unlocked business networks (through chat groups), and opened marketing opportunities (fishermen...
Addressing the Massive Gap in Africa’s Agricultural Sector

Addressing the Massive Gap in Africa’s Agricultural Sector

Mukande Qwe, 31, lives with her husband and three children in a small hut in Kabunjwiri, rural Rwanda. The family has a small farm, where they grow beans and maize. Like all the other farmers in her village, she uses a diesel-operated pump to water her crops. “It is...