The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has kicked off an initiative to research the future of work, examining how developing countries can leverage technology to improve governance and service delivery.
Dubbed Pathways for Prosperity, and managed through Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government, the commission will over the next two years examine how emerging technologies like automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence will disrupt job creation, the geography of value chains, and economic growth.
I believe technology has incredible potential—to cut extreme poverty, make the world more equitable, and improve lives everywhere. Along with Sri Mulyani Indrawati and @StriveMasiyiwa, I’m launching Pathways for Prosperity—a commission to explore how we can harness tech for good. pic.twitter.com/HkWRGGDj4S
— Melinda Gates (@melindagates) January 25, 2018
The hope is the $5 million study will foster inclusivity and provide recommendations to governments to spur innovation and help reduce the fear around digitation and machine learning. Read:
During her visit in Kenya, Melinda Gates and President Uhuru Kenyatta e agreed to work together to strengthen the delivery of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), one of the pillars of the President’s Big Four agenda.
Their discussion included the consideration of technical assistance to the Government of Kenya and agreement to identify ways to support Kenya’s development of a sustainable and inclusive universal healthcare system.
Over the last 5 years, the Foundation has spent over $400 million in Kenya on programmes to support agricultural development, financial inclusion, and women and children’s health, including family planning.
It’s my last day in Kenya, and I was glad to spend it talking with President @UKenyatta about primary care, family planning, maternal and child health, and more. I’m hopeful Kenya can keep driving progress in these areas—especially with universal health coverage on the horizon. pic.twitter.com/SJ5AZSlUAX
— Melinda Gates (@melindagates) January 26, 2018
Trump Praises Rwandan President Paul Kagame
President Donald Trump sought to mend relations Friday with a key African leader in the aftermath of his controversial comments about African nations, praising the U.S. partnership with Rwanda along the sidelines of the annual World Economic Forum.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2018
Trump described having “tremendous discussions” with President Paul Kagame, who is beginning a one-year term as head of the African Union, a 55-member continental body that criticized the U.S. president’s remarks.
“It really truly is a great honor,” Trump told Kagame, noting his role with the African Union. “So please give my regards, I know you’re going to your first meeting very shortly. Please give my warmest regards. But it’s an honor to have you as a friend.” Read:
How Opera Is Becoming A Major Player In Africa
Opera, the developer of the most used mobile browser in Africa, is significantly scaling up its operations on the continent as it gradually becomes a major player in the tech space.
World Wide Worx co-founder Arthur Goldstuck says was an “unexpected move”, Opera integrated a new web payment platform in Kenya which directly runs on the Opera Mini browser.
The new service – OPay – will enable Opera Mini users to top up their Safaricom, Airtel and Telkom mobile phone accounts, as well as pay electricity, cable TV and utility bills, directly through the platform, and will also accommodate many payment methods, including credit cards and mobile money. Read