Stop Designing for Africa (Part 2)
Chris Elawa

Chris, this is a great presentation of the problem of outsider ‘good intentions’ not understanding the context of the intended users. I have an example of a technological intervention that may be how to do it the right way. The problem to be solved is the nation-wide examinations at the conclusion of 8 years of Primary education, called KCPE in Kenya. Students must pass the exams to qualify to go to Secondary. Study materials for students to do revisions to prepare for the exam are scarce, especially in poor communities. But cell phones are ubiquitous. Along comes a simple tech solution: put the revisions on SMS and make it affordable. The company doing this is Eneza Education, in Nairobi. (

One clap, two clap, three clap, forty?

By clapping more or less, you can signal to us which stories really stand out.