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Do potential downsides get short shrift in the rush for innovation? Steve Marcus/Reuters

Thinking innovatively about the risks of tech innovation

Taking a page from the innovators' handbook could provide a different and better way to think about the risks that come along with – and sometimes stem from – new technologies.
Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank. The micro credit revolution he started has not been a panacea for poverty. EPA/Ulrich Perrey

From Zorro to Zombie: the rise and fall of the microcredit movement

Microcredit, which was viewed as a perfect market-affirming solution to poverty in developing countries, has collapsed. In 30 years it's gone from Zorro to Zombie.
A hairdresser at work in Johannesburg while other vendors sell fruit and footwear. Finding ways to support micro enterprises such as these is the challenge . Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

How thrift and credit societies can help Africa promote entrepreneurship

Governments in sub-Saharan Africa should encourage the formation of cooperative thrift and credit societies to boost the development of micro enterprises.
New horizons. The immense refugee camp at Zaatari in Jordan. REUTERS/Pool

Rethinking refugee camps: turning boredom into innovation

Away from the chaos of Europe's borders, refugees are camped out in vast settlements close to their home countries and where restrictions on entrepreneurship are wasting talent and energy.
Young entrepreneurs like Nigerian taxi boss Bankole Cardoso (26) want to learn how to do business - but they also want something very different from the traditional, structured MBA. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye

What young Africans want from business education programmes

Young, entrepreneurial Africans want more flexibility and values-based learning than they feel is offered by a traditional MBA.
Africa needs to utilise different kinds of capital to grow its entrepreneurs. Nigeria’s Aliko Dangote relied on family savings to start his businesses. Reuters/Denis Balibouse

How Africa can instil entrepreneurship as a tool of development

Innovators and entrepreneurs will ensure that Africa continues to grow. But they need to be nurtured to lead the development.
Africa needs to support small and medium-sized enterprises across the value chain of the agribusiness sector. Reuters/Noor Khamis

What Africa can learn from China about growing its agribusiness sector

Over the past 60 years, China has experimented extensively with policies and programmes to encourage the growth of rural enterprises. Africa could do well by following in these footsteps.

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