Saldanha Bay wireless last mile access
One of the key challenges hampering broadband services in South Africa (and Africa) is the lack of an effective last mile connectivity solution (i.e. how to connect the h...

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Transforming education in the Western Cape
African Ideas has been very active in creating and driving the e-education strategy and approach taken by the Western Cape Government (WCG).
African Ideas drove the...

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Developing the Western Cape broadband strategy
Broadband is seen as a strategic enabler for all sectors of the economy. It enables the transmission of data across the globe, improved communication and the ability to t...

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Lejwe Technology innovation ecosystem
This project was conducted on behalf of the Lejweleputswa Development Agency (LDA) in the Lejweleputswa District of the Free State province of South Africa. The contract ...

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Digital Readiness and Usage
There is growing evidence that the diffusion of ICT is an accelerator of economic growth in a country (studies by the OECD, World Bank, Economic Commission for Africa, et...

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Unleashing the Potential of Open Data
Open Data is a new buzz word; the world is coming up with policies, frameworks, and strategies around successful implementation of Open Data. There have been many reasons...

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Smart Cities & Intelligent Infrastructure
In the future everything in a city, from the electricity grid, to the sewer pipes to roads, buildings and cars will be connected to the network. Buildings will turn off t...

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Empowered Citizens with powerful data platforms
Another chapter in the smart city story is being written by citizens, who are using apps, DIY sensors, smartphones and the web to solve the city problems that matter to t...

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Digital Technology Access & Usage in South Africa
The current position of inequity and exclusion in South Africa is magnified by the impact of digital exclusion which is now being recognised across the developed world as...

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Growing digital content creation in Africa
There are indications that the digital content industry offers significant economic and cultural benefits to the African economy. While Africa is currently a small player...

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Saldanha Bay wireless last mile access
Transforming education in the Western Cape
Developing the Western Cape broadband strategy
Lejwe Technology innovation ecosystem
Digital Readiness and Usage
Unleashing the Potential of Open Data
Smart Cities & Intelligent Infrastructure
Empowered Citizens with powerful data platforms
Digital Technology Access & Usage in South Africa...
Growing digital content creation in Africa

Human centred design thinking underlies African Ideas philosophy of finding African Solutions for African problems.  Embracing human-centered design means believing that all problems even the seemingly intractable ones like poverty, gender equality, and clean water, are solvable. Moreover, it means believing that the people who face those problems every day are the ones who hold the key to their answer. Human-centered design offers problem solvers of a chance to design with communities, to deeply understand the people they’re looking to serve, to dream up scores of ideas, and to create innovative new solutions rooted in people’s actual needs.

A core focus of African Ideas work is the evolution towards smart cities and intelligent infrastructure. We also focus on the data and information that is being generated by citizens, and how citizens are are building their own powerful platforms - generating some data, taking other data from multiple places, mashing this together, analysing this and drawing conclusions - without government or big business. And now this connected technology is entering the home.

Big data is very important, and is going to be very valuable. Big data is often referred to as the “new oil” or the “Oil of the internet age”. And this is potentially a very valuable analogy. And yet it is precisely this “new oil” analogy and slides such as this one that concern civic activists.

The Western Cape economy is moving from one based principally around the production and distribution of physical goods to one driven primarily by the production and application of knowledge. The creation and nurturing of a knowledge-based society is essential to maintaining and enhancing the Western Cape’s international competitiveness. In highly competitive regions in the global environment, high speed access to the internet for businesses and residents is available almost anywhere and at any time – providing the ideal enabling environment for the growth within commerce, industries, SMMEs and entrepreneurship, stimulating innovation and the enablement of the growth of other economic sectors by communication technologies.

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