Kenya

Breaking 50: The Kenyan Government & IBM Research Collaborate to Improve the Country’s Ease of Doing Business Ranking

Updated:  31 October with 2019 Rankings Today, the World Bank released its annual Doing Business ranking of the world’s economies and Kenya has again improved to 61 from 80 last year and 92 the year before. Kenya was also ranked 7th on the list of improvers, which highlights economies improving the most across three or […]

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Moringa School, IBM Research Train African Data Scientists

New Data Science Course for Kenyan Students Over the last decade, Kenya has emerged as one of Africa’s technical and financial leaders, experiencing economic growth and spurring innovation in fields such as mobile money, pay as you go solar energy and agriculture. However, for hot fields such as AI, cloud and analytics, the skills of […]

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IBM and Twiga Foods Introduce Blockchain-Based MicroFinancing for Food Kiosk Owners in Kenya

Late last year Nairobi-based Twiga Foods, a business-to-business logistics platform for kiosks and food stalls in Africa, was looking to expand its logistic services into a total market ecosystem by adding financial services for its clients. Grant Brooke, co-founder the $13 million start-up explains, “Previously, we were focused on helping farmers distribute bananas, tomatoes, onions and […]

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IBM Scientist Brings Opportunity and Innovation to Somalia

When Somalia is often mentioned in the news it’s often followed by “explosion,” “drought” and “corruption,” but this hasn’t discouraged IBM computer scientist and Somali Abdigani Diriye from attempting to turn around the country’s fortunes. Diriye left Somalia in 1989 for England, where he attended school, eventually achieving a PhD in computer science from University College […]

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60 of Kenya’s Top Talent Students Visit IBM’s Africa Lab

60 students visited IBM Research as part of Kenya’s Presidential Digital Talent Program. When the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Kenya’s Information Communications & Technology (ICTA) contacted IBM’s Kenyan research lab three weeks ago IBM scientist Daby Sow was both excited and nervous. “The Minister wants to increase IBM’s presence in the community of Nairobi, particularly […]

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