The Sharing Economy in Sub-Saharan Africa
The Sharing Economy in Sub-Saharan Africa - Olkugbolahan Marc George, Sheila Ochugboju © Wikimedia
The sharing economy in Africa is currently experiencing rapid growth.
In 2015 alone, the accommodations platform Airbnb grew by over 250 percent and Uber is now active in more than a dozen African cities. There are also more and more local apps. Nigerian farmers can hire tractors with their mobile phones, in Nairobi there is an online platform for stock photos and illustrations and in Uganda an app can be used to connect laundry service providers and customers. What are the prospects of the sharing economy in Sub-Saharan Africa? What opportunities do digital platform evaluation mechanisms offer in countries without safe legal standards? And what risks does the sharing economy pose for established industries and their workers?