Technology in Africa

Internet access in Africa - Are mesh networks the future?
Residents in a rural South African community get cheap online access from a network they own and run.

Can Africa create internet giants like Amazon or Alibaba ?

E-commerce experts are meeting in Kenya to explore how Africa can develop online retail
E-commerce experts, politicians and technology entrepreneurs are meeting in Kenya this week to explore how Africa can develop online retail businesses.

The E-Commerce Africa event in Nairobi is supported by the European Union and United Nations.

Shamika Sirimane, a director at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, tells the BBC's Russell Padmore how online retail is a lucrative business, which could benefit many economies.

(School children in Nigeria surfing the internet. AFP/Getty Images.)
The man who makes robots from e-waste
Ousia Foli-Bebe shows off the robot he has built from a 3D-printer which he made from material found in a rubbish dump in Togo.
Togo imports an estimated 500,000 tonnes of e-waste a year
The tiny nation of Togo, with one of the largest ports in West Africa, imports an estimated 500,000 tonnes of e-waste a year.