The Economist | Technology cannot solve all of Africa’s problems, but it can help with many

About half the differences in GDP per person between countries are due to differences in productivity. Countries that encourage their firms to innovate, and that invest in educating their people and pushing the boundaries of science, generally grow richer than those that do not.

There is also reason to hope that even if technology is not a panacea, it can still help reduce some of the costs and frictions of doing business in Africa.

what3words, a British firm that has invented a way of mapping places down to a grid reference identified by three words, is helping governments like Nigeria’s to assign a unique postcode to every home.

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