Line of Sight Podcast

Innovation in Africa with Anzetse Were

Episode Summary

Anzetse Were is a development economist with over ten years of experience working in Africa on Economic Research, Analysis and Strategy Development with a focus on Macroeconomics, Manufacturing, Private Sector Development, Financial Sector Development, and Trade and Investment. She has a Masters in Economics from the University of Sydney (Australia) and a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University (USA). Over her career, Anzetse has worked with African governments, private sector, development finance institutions, non-profit organizations, as well as academia and think tanks. She is currently an Economist at FSD Kenya. In this episode, Brigit and Don welcome Anzetse Were to highlight how innovation within Africa can address social injustices, M-Pesa as an active element of shifting financial norms in Africa, promoting competition in an environment full of monopolies, using the technological ecosystem to create a sense of ownership in which Africa is playing a role in its innovation, fostering innovation in the private sector, prominent ethical issues within the work that she does, and the implications of COVID 19 to Africa’s economy and society that delve deeper than businesses closing: the bigger picture.