In 2006, I was requested to contribute to an analysis of the impact of transportation costs on trade competitiveness in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Back then, I was working as an intern in the World Bank (WB) Africa Transport Unit with Gaël Raballand, a senior WB economist, to conduct a cost/benefit analysis (CBA) of a US$ 200 million regional transport project in Central Africa (Cameroon, Central African Republic and Chad). The project included investments in road and rail infrastructure, in border posts, and few innovative soft components to facilitate trade movements in the region (1). Six years later, the project is still on and has been extended three times to reach a total approved financing of more than half a billion dollars to date.
The Microsoft Imagine Cup is an international student technology competition that gathers young developers from around the world who come together to compete by building technology-based solutions to solve challenging problems. This year’s competition took place in Sydney, Australia, and Algeria was represented by The Klein Team who made it to the top 3 in the Windows Azure Challenge with their software solution for diabetes management. Inspire Magazine caught up with Amine Bounoughaz, a member of the Klein Team, to talk about their innovative application and inspiring experience. Read More
The contemporary digital revolution has changed the way we access, manipulate and share information, but these advancements have also introduced critical security issues that shake people’s confidence in the integrity of digital media. Sophisticated digital technology and photo-editing software, such as Adobe Photoshop, are ubiquitous and have made the process of manipulating images to create forgeries a fairly accessible practice. As a result, trust in digital imagery has been eroded. Read More
Innovation Prize for Africa is an annual award co-founded by the Africain Innovation Foundation and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa to mobilise and honour the achievements of African innovators and entrepreneurs who deliver market oriented solutions for African-led development. Inspire Magazine spoke with Zeinou Abdelyamine, the winner of the 2012 IPA Runner Up prize about his winning invention, work and future plans. Read More
Science fairs and festivals are one of the platforms where scientists and engineers share their endeavours, cutting edge technology and the latest exciting research findings with the general public. The aim is often to engage the public to enhance their understanding of science, but also to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. Read More