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African countries on 2007 list of 50 most desirable outsourcing destinations

Dakar buildingsBusinessWeek’s recent article on rising outsourcing destinations highlights what many African entrepreneurs have proposed for years. Outsourcing to parts of Africa can be a win-win situation. The BusineesWeek article refers to consultancy A.T. Kearney’s 2007 list of the 50 most desirable outsourcing destinations worldwide. For the list countries were ranked by a) financial attractiveness, based on such measures as compensation and infrastructure costs; b) a so-called people score, measuring a nation’s people skills, availability of language and educational skills, and the size and quality of the IT industry; and c) their economic/political environment, infrastructure quality, cultural exposure, and IP security. While India remains the top outsourcing destination many African countries are learning from their example. (Note: Scores are in parentheses.)

Rank – Country (overall – financial – people – environment)
#13 – Egypt (5.6 – 3.2 – 1.1 – 1.3)
#25 – Mauritius (5.4 – 2.8 – 1.0 – 1.6)
#26 – Tunisia (5.4 – 3.0 – 0.9 – 1.5)
#27 – Ghana (5.5 – 3.3 – 0.9 – 1.3)
#31 – South Africa (5.3 – 2.5 – 1.2 – 1.6)
#36 – Morocco (5.1 – 2.9 – 0.9 – 1.3)
#39 – Senegal (5.1 – 3.2 – 0.8 – 1.1)

Other factors which add to a countries’ attractiveness are language and education skills and the reliability of a nation’s telecommunications infrastructure. But the the key underlying factor for many African countries’ successful bid for new business is the lack of infrastructure. While the African digerati are continuously ramping up their skills and making themselves available for business they continuously run into infrastructural limitations. But who is to blame? Is it the governments who are overrun with bureaucracy? or the people themselves, who often do not hold their leaders accountable?

Offshoring upstarts are making so many inroads, in fact, that by 2012, they’ll significantly dilute India’s dominance, says consultancy Gartner (IT). The consulting firm says that by 2010 about 30% of Fortune 500 enterprises will outsource to three or more countries, from less than 10% today. “So many governments have realized what an opportunity this is and there’s a lot of effort being spent in promoting their countries to the market,” says Johan Gott, manager of A.T. Kearney’s Global Services Location Index.

…Kenya, for instance, is trying to become a destination for business process and IT outsourcing. The Kenyan government has worked in recent years to liberalize its telecom sector, which has lured more operators and helped drive telecom services prices down by 70% in a short time, according to the World Bank. Yet the country relies on satellite connections to link to the rest of the world. That makes it costly for outsourcers to do business.

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African ideas: links

July 30th, 2007 | No Comments | Posted in Business, Charity, Fashion, General, Politics, Technology, Travel

I was catching up on some of my favorite African bloggers and thought I’d share some of their inspiring ideas. Here are some good posts from some very insightful African bloggers:

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Talking African business elsewhere

July 26th, 2007 | 4 Comments | Posted in Business, Editor's Note, General

This is just a note to announce that Annansi Chronicles has joined a group of authors in launching a new social entrepreneurship section of “the world’s #1 site for small business motivation and strategies”, www.evancarmichael.com. Titled, Sustainable Development Through Entrepreneurship: African Accounts, the new section will focus on the African perspective in business and entrepreneurship. Among the authors who already write for the site are Donald Trump, Michael Gerber, Zig Ziglar, Seth Godin, Jay Conrad Levinson, Guy Kawasaki, and more.

With nearly half of its population living in conditions of extreme poverty, the economic realities of Africa are harsh.

And yet, the promise of sustainable development remains bright.

By creating economic growth, African entrepreneurs are proving to be at the heart of that promise, and a key weapon in the fight against poverty.

These are their stories.

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Video: Ozwald Boateng Fashion Show at African Union Summit, Ghana

July 24th, 2007 | 1 Comment | Posted in Business, Charity, Events, Fashion, General, Travel

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African migration to Europe

July 20th, 2007 | 3 Comments | Posted in Business, General, Politics, Travel

African migrantThe BBC has put together an informative feature about African migration to Europe. The feature outlines the economic attraction of Europe, routes and methods taken, numbers of Africans immigrants in europe, effects on Spain – the closest European country to the African continent, and how much money the African immigrants contribute to their home country’s gross domestic product (GDP). The feature is full of statistics and analysis from the UN and the World Bank as well as various articles of migrant stories. Though some of the information is a few months old, put together, the feature gives a view of why and how Africans migrate. One topic the feature does not touch on though is how much the migrants contribute to their host country’s GDP. Hmmmm.

Africa Europe Migration Routes

Migrant contribution to GDP

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Liya Kebede #11 on Forbes’ list of world’s richest models

July 19th, 2007 | 4 Comments | Posted in Books/Magazines, Business, Fashion, General

Liya Kebede on Forbes' earners listForbes Magazine has put together a list of the “Top Earning Models in the World” according to estimated earnings over the past 12 months. Ranking at #11 is 29-year-old Ethiopian beauty, Liya Kebede, with $2.5 million earned. A ground-breaker best known as the first black model in Estée Lauder’s history, Ms. Kebede, though not as high-profile as her counterparts, has maintained a successful career appearing in campaigns for brands as diverse as H&M, the Gap, Anne Taylor and Givenchy.

Top models like those on our list still bank millions, but only once a multiyear contract is secured. The days of $10,000 runway fees are over. Top models don’t even do runway. It’s considered an internship process for the hundreds of anonymous 15- and 16-year-old foreign girls who swarm the runways of New York, Paris and Milan each season. They do 70 shows in six weeks and are paid about $250 an hour their first season.

A good hardworking model can make $200,000 a season. But chances are that model, once the season is over, will never be seen or heard from again. – Forbes

To compile it’s list, Forbes also took into account the “relevancy” of the model–determined by recent campaigns, editorials, fashion magazine covers and the opinion of those in the industry. Gisele Bundchen tops the list at $33 million, with Kate Moss ($9 million), Heidi Klum ($8 million), Adriana Lima ($6 million) and Alessandra Ambrosio ($6 million) rounding out the top five slots.

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Starchitect David Adjaye brings his building art to America

July 18th, 2007 | 2 Comments | Posted in Art, Business, Events, General, Technology

David AdjayeAdjaye studio museumYG points to a new exhibit by UK-based Ghanaian star architect David Adjaye opening today at the Studio Museum of Harlem in New York City. The exhibit, Making Public Buildings, introduces Adjaye’s architecture to American audiences by carrying viewers through his working process-from inspiration to completion-through ten projects, both built and uncompleted. Having been awarded an Order of the British Empire by the queen for services to architecture, following several public works including his Idea Stores, which have shaken up the notion of the library, and his Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Mr. Adjaye is set to take on America. With both a New York office for his company Adjaye/Associates and his Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver opening this fall the star architect has his American debut all lined up. About his current work Mr. Adjaye tells New York Magazine:

We are building a house for an amazing art collector [Adam Lindemann and his wife, gallerist Amalia Dayan] on the Upper East Side. It is quite hermetic. In ten years, 50 percent of the world will live in cities; they are becoming massive. The home is something that becomes an emotional incubator and resuscitator. It is not about tricks but about the way in which you reorient a person’s perceptions by focusing on water or on a tree or on a texture of a wall, making the home a meditative space. For this house, the thing the house reflects on will also be art.

David Adjaye’s Making Public Buildings opens today, July 18, 2007, with a 7pm reception at the Studio Museum of Harlem. The exhibition continues through Sunday, October 28, 2007 (Wed-Fri: 12-6pm / Sat: 10am-6pm / Sun: 12-6pm).

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Franco-Cameroonian sisters, Les Nubians, in Washington DC

July 17th, 2007 | No Comments | Posted in Events, General, Music

Les NubiansIf you’re in Washington DC this week check out these special performances by the Franco-Cameroonian sister duo, Les Nubians. If you’re not already familiar with Les Nubians here’s a short lesson.

In 1999 Les Nubians United States debut ‘Princesses Nubiennes’ (Higher Octave/Virgin) became the most successful French-language album in more than a decade of Billboard charts. Les Nubians appeared on fourteen different recordings by an assortment of other artists, spanning the globe and crossing genres-from Towa Tei, Black Eyed Peas and Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek to the acclaimed Fela Kuti tribute album from the Red Hot series,”Red, Hot and Riot”.

Show dates are:

  • Wednesday July 18th at 10pm at LIV
  • Thursday, July 19 with two shows at the historic Bohemian Caverns – 8:30pm and 10:30pm.

Tickets can be purchased online at: www.instantseats.com

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Global Hip-hop in your city

July 17th, 2007 | No Comments | Posted in Events, Film/Television, General, Music, Politics

Nomadic Wax, the crew behind the Democracy in Dakar video series, are taking their global hip-hop on a mini US tour. The Global Underground tour features international hip-hop pioneers Chosan (Sierra Leone), LF and Laylo (Brazil/Dominican Republic), Foundation Movement (Puerto Rico/Liberia), Zuluboy (South Africa), DJ Boo (Philippines) an accomplished group of percussionists including Ernesto Abreau (Antibalas/Ya Esta), Chauncey Yearwood (The Pimps of Joytime/Escort), and Nomadic Wax founder Ben Herson (Nomadic Wax/Escort/Subatomic Sound System). The tour launches at Galapagos Art Space on July 19th in Brooklyn, New York, and will visit clubs in Providence, Rhode Island on the 21st and Boston, MA on the 22nd. If you haven’t seen any of these acts perform yet, do yourself a favor and catch them when they roll into your city.

Global Underground tour
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The age of conversation is here!

The Age of ConversationTrained as a visual communicator, I have always held communication in the highest regard. Communication, to me, is at the center of everything we do, especially in today’s world. Whether you are an individual or an organization, it is most important to be able to communicate your ideas and be a part of conversations which, through the growth of technology are already shaping the world we live in. No-one is immune from the power of the conversations today. Through the advances in technology the playing field is being leveled in all industries, and it is most important for Africa to understand and take advantage of the change. For years we’ve struggled to be heard both at home and abroad and participate in the conversations which determine the development of our communities. But today, we are faced with the opportunities to broadcast our own conversations and chime in on others. Never before have we been given the opportunity to directly affect others a world away. And never before have the major players been so focused on the every-day person’s opinion for direction. As individuals we wield a great power, and how we communicate and build on conversations is more important than it ever was. The new book “The Age of Conversation” taps some of the most brilliant thinkers in today’s conversation-driven world. I have authored a chapter titled From Aid to Opportunity: Afri-Activism transitions into a new consumer market. You can read more about the book “The Age of Conversation” in the new Books & Products area of this site or at AgeOfConversation.com. Buy the book as an e-book, a paperback, or a hardcover at Lulu.com/ageofconversation. 100% of the profits from the book will go to a children’s charity.

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