7 New Blockchain Initiatives Driving Financial Innovation Across Africa – ICTworks

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The digital economy is booming across Africa with multiple fintech innovations using blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and Web3 to change the way Africans interact with financial services. In fact, Africa’s crypto market increased in value by more than 1,200% between July 2020 and June 2021 led by high adoption rates in Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria and Tanzania.
Leading blockchain networks, including Ethereum, Stellar, Celo, and Cardano are regularly announcing new initiatives and racing to build Africa’s emerging Web3 economy. Here are a few activities to watch:
It’s not just blockchain networks either. Other types of companies are investing in blockchain innovations across the continent, including:
All these blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and Web3 efforts are particularly surprising since cryptocurrencies are banned, explicitly or implicitly, in approximately one-half of all African countries. At the same time, an increasing number of African governments are experimenting with central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). For example, Nigeria launched its e-Naira in October 2021 and South Africa is participating in the Bank for International Settlements’ multi-CBDC experiment Project Dunbar.
crypto status africaWe’ll have to see how governments across the continent explore blockchain-based solutions and develop policy approaches to the Web3 economy. They will need to move fast. Africa had the third-fastest growing cryptocurrency economy worldwide during that period and leads the world in peer-to-peer crypto transaction volume.
That shows consumers’ insatiable demand for new blockchain networks and protocols regardless of explicit and implicit bans on cryptocurrency transactions.
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