Turning a crisis into an opportunity

drought, by Hans Stoisser

Cape Town is running out of water. DAY ZERO – the day when water reserves are at zero – is approaching. For three consecutive years rainfalls were less than normal. But it is not the missing rainfall, reasons for the water shortage in the urban agglomeration of 3,8 million people go deeper, says the Economist. It is a …

Digital Transformation – Why learning from Africa

Last week I was in Nairobi, Kenya. And I got another glance on how the “digital revolution” is changing societies. Not only in Africa, but all over. I have been with Bitange Ndemo, former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communication. He is seen as an important enabler of the “digital transformation” in Kenya. Wealth through the use …

First Innovation, then Regulation

Nairobi

First Innovation, then Regulation – What we can learn from Africa “You can not innovate under regulation. You have to take risks”, says Bitange Ndemo, former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communication in Kenya. He knows. During his time in government, from 2005 to 2013, the transformation of the Kenyan ICT sector has been forged: undersea submarine cables, …

Software is eating the world – about African innovation

Software is eating the world – about African innovation “Why software is eating the world” has been the title of a famous essay by Marc Andreessen in the Wall Street Journal in 2011. Being in Nairobi, I have been heavily reminded on that. While arriving at the airport, I buy a local Safaricom SIM-Card, put it into …