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New ride-hail options could help Africa's traffic-clogged megacities

motorbike taxis waiting for passengers in the shade under an overpass
Motorbike taxis in Lagos, Nigeria. Photo: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images

Africa is the world's fastest urbanizing region, but limited public transit in most cities has led to severely congested roads, creating an acute need for investment and innovation in transportation.

Why it matters: Traffic takes a toll on both economic output and quality of life in Africa's megacities. But with mobile phone penetration approaching 50%, new technology platforms could help motorbike taxis and other services bridge the gaps in the continent's urban transportation systems.

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New programs are helping emerging markets businesses invest in women

Ivanka Trump seated next to Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde
Ivanka Trump and Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde. Photo: Eduardo Soteras/AFP/Getty Images

Efforts to bring more women into business, especially in emerging markets, are benefiting from new development funding and private sector initiatives.

Why it matters: When companies invest in women, they can see the benefits in their profits, employee productivity and communities, according to an International Finance Corporation report. Because women have often been excluded from the formal economy in emerging markets, that's where companies stand to gain the most.

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New NBA league marks growing U.S. influence in African culture markets

Satou Diop dribbles the ball as she takes part in an NBA Academy Africa basketball camp at Maurice Ndiaye Stadium in Dakar on May 11, 2018.
An NBA Academy Africa basketball camp at Maurice Ndiaye Stadium, in Dakar, Senegal, May 11, 2018. Photo: Seyllou/AFP via Getty Images

The NBA announced last month that it would launch the Basketball African League (BAL), marking another advancement for U.S. commercial influence in African markets.

Why it matters: China's development of large infrastructure projects in Africa is often cited as evidence of the country's dominance in its economic rivalry with the U.S. But the U.S. continues to make gains in the creative industries on the continent, as entertainment, media and sports are becoming more important to Africa’s young, urban and increasingly connected population.