Tag Archives: informal manufacturing

Economic ecosystems tie the fortunes of informal sector to health of formal business

By | December 16, 2015

The story of Ghana’s “pillow city”, Juapong – a small town in the North Tongu District in the Volta region, offers us insight on the inter-relationship between formal industries and the ecosystem of informal businesses that spring up around them. Juapong is said to be losing its identity as the pillow capital of Ghana. A… Read More »

CNC experts set up kiosks or work on demand on your equipment – imagine jua kali upgrades

By | July 29, 2013

Emeka Okafor talking to an award winning maker at Maker Faire Africa 2010, Nairobi August 2010  Emeka Okafor has captured a blog snippet today that refers to a study on Ghana’s informal manufacturing and fabrication industry: With over 100,000 technical artisans, auto-mechanics, and purveyors of related supplies, Ghana’s “Suame Magazine” cluster is a hotbed of… Read More »

Grassroots innovators and the “build-test-learn” loop

By | June 9, 2012

Afrigadgeteers exemplify the customer centric principles of such high tech processes as the Lean Startup (r) method, or so it emerged from an insightful conversation with my Tallinn based friend Siim Esko recently, on Skype of course. He made the connection between the need to experiment and test prototypes for market viability – rapidly and… Read More »