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Notice: as of 1 October the new 3D version 2.0 (3Dv2.0) will start to be used by the banks. 3D is the security system often used when an online purchase is made. The present 3D system requires the buyer to respond to their bank with an OTP number which is sent to them by SMS. The new system will use artificial intelligence to reduce the times that the buyer will be sent an OTP number. OTP numbers will still be used but much less frequently.

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Opportunities, Events and Publications

How to Build A Tech Startup in Africa – Webinar

Date: 6th October 2021 (Wednesday) Time: 12 PM (CET) Register:


Startup Funding

The African Union and the AfBC (African Business Council) offer you an opportunity to raise funding for your startup. Apply here


African Union Digital and Innovation Fellowship

The African Union Digital and Innovation Fellowship application is open to all eligible applicants and the selection process is completely merit-based.

Stage 1: At the close of the application window, all eligible applications will be assessed by independent reviewers and 30 top scorers will be picked for the next stage of the selection process as finalists. Stage 2: Finalists will undergo rounds of interviews by the AU departments/organs and the best 10 will be confirmed as fellows. Selected fellows will be mandated to attend the Fellows Induction Workshop at the 2021 AfriLabs Annual Gathering holding in Abuja Nigeria in October and a virtual pre-deployment training before traveling to Addis Ababa and to be deployed to the AU departments/organs in November. Apply Now


Against All Odds – EDHE 2021 Lekgotla

South Africa annual conference on training and skills 13 Oct


UNCTAD15 – 1 -8 October
Travel virtually to Barbados and join world leaders and global stakeholders as we come together to chart the policy pathways to prosperity for all.  Explore the interactive programme here.


UNCTAD’s Contribution to Data Localisation is Available

A new global governance approach is needed for countries to better harness data as a global public good, says UNCTAD’s new Digital Economy Report 2021.

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