Here’s your Daily Brief for August 3rd:
US Africa Trade on Exhibition at 8th Annual AGOA Forum (via Africa Business Source) – A nice overview of this weeks AGOA forum. Makes the good point that the issue needing MOST focus is no longer market access, but rather building up the competitiveness of African Countries by addressing infrastructure, information sharing, and capacity building.
Coca-Cola Enterprises Joins Carbon Footprint-Cutting Race (via Triple Pundit) – Coca-Cola, one of my favorite companies, has pledged to reduce its carbon footprint by 15% by 2020.
What Western Executives Should Learn About Design Thinking in Emerging Markets – This is an article from back in March by John Hagel and John Seely Brown, both from the Center for Edge Innovation at Deloitte. They look at the case of Tata Motors, which released a car called the Nano which was a “disruptive innovation” in the developing world car market. It’s a great piece, and at the end they list four key points (or “broader lessons”) to be learnt.
Maker Faire Africa in 2 Weeks (via WhiteAfrican) – Erik Hersman posted a preview of what to expect at the upcoming Maker Faire Africa – “a celebration of African ingenuity, innovation and invention” – in Accra. Check it out!
Kiva.org: July: 2nd biggest month of lending ever! – Despite (or maybe IN spite of) the global economic recession, Kiva announced today that July posted the second highest lending numbers EVER through their site! The highest month EVER you ask? JUNE! This comes off the back of five (5) very strong months of lending ranging from $3.8 Million in February 2009 to June’s record $4.9 Million. This is awesome, congrats KIVA!