Too often in these account wraps we look at the abrogating side of tech in Africa, usually what governments are doing to milk the sector for all it is worth.

Last month, however, we saw the abeyant for tech on the continent, and how if it is active in the right way it can have really allusive impact across a array of spaces. ICT for development, or tech for good, was at the top of the agenda.

In Niger, drones are to be used for surveillance to assure wildlife in nature affluence from poachers. In other good news from the sky, the Loon project from Google parent aggregation Alphabet, which will accommodate balloon-powered internet, assuredly got authoritative approval to set up shop in Kenya. Internet access will also become more accustomed and cheaper in South Africa thanks to a affiliation amid the Western Cape government and Liquid Telecom.

Governments were proactive in auspicious addition in November, with the Nigerian government gluttonous $500 actor USD for a technology addition fund, and Rwanda partnering the Alibaba Group to authorize an Electronic World Trade Belvedere hub which will help Rwandan businesses sell their articles to Chinese consumers.

Safaricom, Spotify, and the taxi apps

It was a busy month for Kenyan mobile abettor Safaricom, which aside from ablution a Braille Watch to help people use its M-Pesa mobile money service, partnered Western Union to launch M-Pesa Global. The new broadcast account will allow anyone in the world to send money to – or accept money from — any M-Pesa chump in Kenya.

It has been a while now since Spotify accustomed in Africa with its launch in South Africa, but the Sweden-based aggregation is at last further accretion its horizons on the abstemious with launches in four North African countries — Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, and Algeria.

In other alive news, Econet Media appear it was acid back its video-on-demand account Kwese, with a abridgement of channels accessible on the accepted bouquet.

What’s the latest on Africa’s taxi app wars? Well, Uber launched its motorcycle service, UberBODA, in Kenya, while its big rival, Taxify, is betting even bigger in South Africa, with launches in Plettenberg Bay, Knysna, George, and Mossel Bay. Both will face renewed antagonism in Tanzania in the form of Russian aggregation inDriver.

The World Bank wants to help African startups

After active its first Africa-focused accelerator, XL Africa, last year, the World Bank is back with a Francophone Africa-focused equivalent, L’Afrique Excelle. The affairs wants to help startups in French-speaking countries reach their potential, and secure funding.

All the signs are, however, that African companies are adopting allotment in a austere way already. Mobility startup Swvl anchored the better allotment round ever raised by an Egyptian tech startup in November, while there were also cogent rounds for two Kenyan companies — agri-tech belvedere Twiga Foods and fintech aggregation BitPesa.

Kenyan breezy casework startup Netwookie was also on the allotment trail, as were South African startups Pharmascout, SnapnSave and FinChatBot. In Nigeria, rounds were raised by e-health belvedere SonoCare and ed-tech startup Edves, while Ghanaian agri startup CowTribe, Senegalese classifieds account CoinAfrique, and pan-African edutainment belvedere Kukua were also backed.

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