STT 75 – Futures of Technology in Africa


‘Futures of Technology in Africa’ is based on a foresight project initiated by the STT Netherlands Study Centre for Technology Trends. The face of Africa is changing fundamentally. Economically, politically, culturally, and not least technologically. Technology will affect almost every aspect of life in Africa, including basic needs, agriculture, health, education, culture, business and governance.

What will the future bring?

To answer this question, we have travelled to Africa’s technology hotspots, such as Nairobi, Johannesburg and Lagos, interviewed technology pioneers, journalists, entre­ preneurs, academics and government representatives, held workshops on the future of selected industries and regions, screened publications ranging from weblogs to scientific journals, and built an extensive network of partners.

Insights into next two decades 

‘Futures of Technology in Africa’ reveals insights into the next two decades of ICT, energy and infrastructure and how developments in these sectors are going to affect everything else. It contains scenarios providing a fascinating glimpse of how the opportunities and risks might play out. You will find advice on how businesses can take parts in the opportunities, as well as lessons that the West can learn from Africa. As a bonus, the book also contains one of the very few African science fiction stories, specially written for this publication. What­ ever your interest in Africa, this book is sure to surprise you.

Reactions on Twitter

Twitter users were among the first to re­spond to the publication:
“A must read for tech Africa” (hapeeg), “A good precise read!” (toneendungu), “Excellent read” (chykere).

Barry B. Hughes, director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures at the University of Denver is certain:
“This volume will be very widely used and cited.”

Futures of technology in Africa
Author: Jasper Grosskurth, 2010
ISBN:  978-90-80961-30-2

Price: € 17,50 (excluding shipping costs)
Pdf: free of charge. Please send an e-mail to info@stt.nlDo not forget to mention the title of the publication or the publication number (STT 75).