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Crowdsource mapping aids Ebola fight in West Africa

4 Nov

Online volunteers from more than 80 countries around the world are participating in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease in West Africa. Aid workers from agencies such as the American Red Cross and Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) are at the front in the war against Ebola. But they depend on volunteers from the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) to map the affected region, especially the worst-hit countries—Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Continue reading

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Online retailers pushing for e-commerce growth in West Africa

4 Nov

As Internet usage surges, an increasing number of online retailers in West Africa are springing up, giving mobile phone users a variety of options to buy and sell new and used items. Emerging markets like West Africa, where online shopping is still in its infancy, offer the highest growth potential for the e-commerce industry, according to Sumesh Rahavendra, head of marketing for DHL Express sub-Sahara Africa, in a report released last week. Continue reading

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