This article provides an overview of the AI landscape in Tanzania as well as captures lessons learned from the IdeaLab project carried in Tanzania by AI Commons, Sahara Ventures, and Tanzania AI Lab through the support of The Botnar Foundation.

Background

Last quarter of 2020 when we were working on the report Articifical Intelligence in Tanzania, What’s Happening the second edition, we learned a lot about the potential of AI in developing economies. Beyond academic publications and lab works already we are seeing the technology being adopted across multiple sectors to address complex issues.

Education and Machines Operations

From startups such as Mtabe App and…


Dear Miss Jane,

Let me introduce you to Aaliyah, a cute young lady. She has just turned three years old. After a prolonged discussion with her mother, we have decided to put her to school. I’m still unsure if it is the right time or I needed to spend more time with her.

Miss Jane, I’m not sure if she is ready to face the world by herself. She is a brave little girl, but the world is very demanding. Obviously, by the time she reaches my age, most of the things you have taught her will be irrelevant. 450…


The U.S. is the world’s monopoly for venture capital, accounting for more than half, 51 percent (USD 132.9 Bn) of total global venture capital. Is Africa doing enough to catch up?

In 2020 according to Disrupt Africa, the continent attracted USD 700 Million worth of investment to African tech startups. Depending on tools and methodology adopted some sources estimate the number can go up to USD 1.3 Billion disclosed and undisclosed amounts. …


Already we are hearing stories of AI composing music, drawing pictures, etc. Can you imagine reading a novel or a newspaper written by a robot published online? Algorithms already control what we consume online. Soon the content production online will be controlled by the internet. According to Gartner, by 2022, AI and similar technology will automate the production of 30% of all content found on the internet.

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The Machines Are Coming

GPT-3 Open AI’s natural language generator in 2020 wrote an article for The Guardian newspaper titled, “A robot wrote this entire article. Are you scared yet, human?”. The robot might have not yet…


This article is part of series of articles capturing information about Nutrition-Sensitive businesses in Tanzania. The program is a part of the work Global Alliance For Improved Nutrition (GAIN) Tanzania is doing in partnership with Sahara Ventures.

Mbeya nutrition-sensitive SMEs ecosystem is still at the nascent stage with very few players engaged in the ecosystem. Most of the SMEs engaged working in the nutrition sector primarily are involved in the dairy business. The main actor in the ecosystem is SIDO Mbeya who supports the SMEs through technical training, technology transfer, and access to shared production places. SIDO Mbeya has built…


This article is part of series of articles capturing information about Nutrition-Sensitive businesses in Tanzania. The program is a part of the work Global Alliance For Improved Nutrition (GAIN) Tanzania is doing in partnership with Sahara Ventures.

The Zanzibar SMEs Policy of 2006 recognizes the role played by SMEs in contributing to the national economy. The policy recommends the establishment of incubation centers that provide technical support in a hands-on approach through relevant training on techniques of value addition of agro products and entrepreneurship. …


Digital Economy Is A Paradigm Shift In Economic Transformation and Inclusion — Prof. Benno Ndulu

First, why should Africa talk about Digital Economy, there over 400 million youths in Africa, two-thirds of those are unemployed and discouraged. 18 million youths are getting into the job market every year. Time is running out for African governments to do structural reforms to accommodate this massive growing population of youths at the productive age. Digital Economy creates an untraditional and disruptive approach to address Africa’s unemployment challenges while encouraging the creation of solutions that ensures inclusion in development.

Before Mobile Money being financially…


7 years ago I was chatting with Brian Paul the founder of Studio 19, by then we were co-hub managers of Buni Innovation Hub. He asked me an interesting question. Do you think Buni Hub is the “Space” or the “people”? I was confused, but I immediately realized he was tricking me to see if I understand the importance of the community we had at Buni.

The biggest mistake we are making in the African innovation community right now is to believe every problem is going to be solved with a physical space called “Innovation or Tech Hub”. Everyone is…


This article is part of series of articles capturing information about Nutrition-Sensitive businesses in Tanzania. The program is a part of the work Global Alliance For Improved Nutrition (GAIN) Tanzania is doing in partnership with Sahara Ventures.

It is with no doubt the most important player in the Morogoro Ecosystem is Sokoine University Graduate Entrepreneurs Cooperative (SUGECO). The incubator was established in 2011 to promote youth engagement in agriculture and agribusiness value chains. The incubator has been playing an important role in supporting nutrition-sensitive businesses in the region. The incubator works strategically with the University to nature the agribusiness ecosystem…


This article is a recap of the study visit carried by Sahara Ventures and GAIN Tanzania with the aim to study and understand the pipeline of support for nutrition-sensitive businesses in Tanzania. This is the second article about this project in a series of articles. You can access the first article here.

Most of the sub-national innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems in Tanzania are still at the nascent stage. Cities like Arusha, Iringa, Mbeya, and Dodoma showing signs of growth. Dodoma, the capital city of Tanzania is home to hubs such as Capital Space, an innovation hub that promotes innovation, technology…

Jumanne Rajabu Mtambalike

Entrepreneur, TZ Patriot, Loves Tech, Founder saharaventures.com, Project Management Consulting firm, Co-Founded saharasparks.com and Sahara Accelerator.

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