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Coronavirus promotes collective e-learning
Opinion

Coronavirus promotes collective e-learning

Digital platforms are not only sources of knowledge, they can also help construct sustainable development trajectories through learning, in keeping with the terms of the Paris Agreement.

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Social Impact Bonds: A new development finance tool?
Opinion

Social Impact Bonds: A new development finance tool?

A Social Impact Bond is a new financial tool that can be set up in an emerging or developing country in order to finance public policy of general interest. Julien Sciau, AFD account officer, explains this tool and its potentialities.
Julien Sciau
How Fablabs contribute to the digital challenges in Africa?
Opinion

How Fablabs contribute to the digital challenges in Africa?

Fablabs serve at the same time as production, creation and prototyping workshops, hands-on training spaces and facilitators of social ties. They contribute to reducing the traditional head-on opposition between “knowing” and “doing”.
Gwenael Prié, Stéphanie Leyronas, Isabelle Liotard
Rebecca Enonchong: “The main obstacle to the digital revolution in Africa is the reluctance of political leaders”
Interview

Rebecca Enonchong: “The main obstacle to the digital revolution in Africa is the reluctance of political leaders”

Rebecca Enonchong, founder of AppsTech, is one of the main voices for digital technologies in Africa. She believes that less bureaucracy and more support confidence by politics are the prerequisites for speeding up the digital revolution in Africa.
Rebecca Enonchong
Creating a start-up in Cameroon: three entrepreneurs’ stories
Interview

Creating a start-up in Cameroon: three entrepreneurs’ stories

Creating a start-up can be a real obstacle course for young people in Cameroon. Administrative and banking procedures, fundraising, etc. three Cameroon entrepreneurs go back to the creation of their innovative business.
Arthur Zang, Alain Nteff, Duplex Éric Kamgang
Digital technology and development: new tools for NGOs and donors
Interview

Digital technology and development: new tools for NGOs and donors

Thierry Barbaut is an expert in digital strategy, communication and new technologies. At the Micro-Projects Agency, a program of the NGO La Guilde, he focuses on the link between digital technology and development.
Thierry Barbaut
Universal access to the internet: what role for tech giants?
Development news

Universal access to the internet: what role for tech giants?

Facebook and Google are eager promoters of universal access to the internet. Each of them is devising new ways to close the digital divide. Doing so, they position themselves as development players. But these new ambitions are raising concerns.
ID4D editorial staff
Digital payments: a growth and development driver?
Interview

Digital payments: a growth and development driver?

The Better Than Cash Alliance, a global coalition housed by the United Nations Capital Development Fund, promotes broader access to the banking system and digital payments, to support the economic growth of the developing world.
Tidhar Wald
“Innovation is the answer to many development problems”
Interview

“Innovation is the answer to many development problems”

Philippe Aghion, a renowned French economist, sheds light on the concept of growth and the innovation capacity of BRICS and African countries.
Philippe Aghion
“Strong demand from people for access to broadband Internet”
Interview

“Strong demand from people for access to broadband Internet”

In Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya and Uganda, over three users in four still have to go to Internet cafés to surf, with services that are slow and expensive. Yet new technologies have brought about pioneering progress in Africa, including for electronic purses, which allow financial transactions to be...
Cina Lawson
“Industrial property must not remain the privy of the Northern countries”
Interview

“Industrial property must not remain the privy of the Northern countries”

The respect of intellectual property promotes both technology transfers and local innovation – and, eventually, sustainable development. These are the findings of the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI), in a study “IP and Sustainable Development”, published at the time of the Paris...
Charlotte Beaumatin
Four prerequisites for Africa to fully benefit from digital technology
Can social business rescue development?
Opinion

Can social business rescue development?

Donors are currently showing a very keen interest in social business and are adopting specific strategies and tools (Asian Development Bank, USAID, DFID, KFW and, just recently, AFD). Indeed, social business could be seen as a miracle solution in this context of fiscal austerity. But let there be...
Nicolas VINCENT
Can Big Data serve the poorest?
Interview

Can Big Data serve the poorest?

We produce data every second of the day. From Paris to Dakar, from Jakarta to New York, our daily activities (consume, communicate, travel…) generate data, “digital crumbs” that we leave behind us. This information is potentially useful for development. How? An interview with Thomas Roca...
Thomas Roca
Can regulators keep up with innovation in microfinance?
Opinion

Can regulators keep up with innovation in microfinance?

As bankrupcies are more and more frequent, the microfinance sector needs to be regulated in order to protect its clients’ interests. Laurent Lhériau gives a few recommendations for an efficient regulation in microfinance.
Laurent Lhériau
Frugal innovation, a revolution pioneered in emerging economies
Opinion

Frugal innovation, a revolution pioneered in emerging economies

Entrepreneurs from emerging economies are pioneering a new model of “frugal innovation”. This approach aims at creating greater social value while minimizing the use of scarce financial and natural resources.
Navi Radjou
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