When considering the inter-relationship between technological innovations, societal capacities and needs, the African continent is becoming a fascinating case in point. In many ways, the private sector, local communities, social networks and governments are leapfrogging the pace of technological change in many other countries around the world. Africa in so many ways is becoming an innovations hub. And, thanks to Will Jenkyn-Jones, who has been working at King’s College, London, on a project entitled, the Emerging African Paradigm, we can offer you a brief taste of dynamic developments across the Continent.

Will has put together a Literature and Data Base on Transformative Technologies & Models of Governance that covers [i] digital currencies, [ii] social infrastructures, [iii] state security and protest and [iv] possible partner groups. Here, too, the importance of linking humanitarian perspectives with innovation is so evident.