Digital Disruption: Data-Driven Solutions for Africa’s Agricultural Transformation
We live in an exciting era of all things digital. Mind and machine have merged to make our lives easier, our processes faster and our opportunity for impact even greater. The digital revolution belongs at the heart of development. As the late Professor Calestous Juma of Harvard University (Africa’s foremost technology and innovation scholar) noted, “Economic advancement in most developing countries has been held back by perennial food shortages occasioned by factors such as drought and climate change. Emerging technologies present and opportunity for developing countries to become food-secure and free up resources for development.”
This session brings together leaders who are seizing the opportunity of technological innovation to transform every link in the value chain from seed to fork. We will explore the practical solutions they have conceived to the well-known challenges in Agriculture and how they leverage strategic/multi-stakeholder partnerships to scale up and build lasting sustainability
PLAYING THE LONG GAME: GOVERNANCE IMPROVEMENT, SYSTEMS STRENGTHENING, AND THE ADOPTION OF MODERN TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS IN HEALTHCARE
Africa bears 25% of the global disease burden but has access to only 3% of the world’s health workers. Health disparities continue to widen on the continent, substantial work remains to be done to bring infectious diseases under acceptable control, and the threat of non-communicable diseases rises annually.
From poorly-integrated health systems and complicated supply chains to cultural norms that vary from community to community and a diversity of regulatory environments, there is no shortage of challenges to overcome, and opportunities to leverage. Recent discussions have focused on identifying the key areas in which sustainable investments can drive long-term positive impact.
The panel will examine the roles of, challenges facing, and opportunities for governance improvement, systems strengthening, and the adoption of modern technological innovations in healthcare in Africa.
Education as a Catalyst: Scaling Innovative Education Models for Sustainable Development
With the largest youth population on earth, the African continent is on the verge of transformation. Education lies at the core of this impending social breakthrough as it is a well-known catalyst for social mobility and development. African education systems have long sought to increase access to education to even their most marginalized communities. However, access to education alone does not beget equity, and it certainly does not spark the kind of revolutionary change that is needed to bring African economies to the forefront of the global register. Innovation is the only way. This panel will provide a close look at some of Africa's pioneering innovators, who are tackling some of the continent's most intractable issues from various practitional vantage points. From burgeoning localized platforms to nationally scaled initiatives the panelists have covered all grounds.
AFRICA’S ENERGY TRANSITION: ELECTRIFICATION AND DIVERSIFICATION
African governments have pushing for universal energy access by 2030 and as such the 600 million people without access to electricity are now being looked at as a market of people that need real solutions that meet their aspirations and needs. This panel will talk about innovate business models coming out of the continent and how they are delivering electricity quickly, cleanly and affordable to underserved communities. Discussions will also explore government policies that are pushing the continent to at least double the amount of renewable energy in the energy mix and dedicating resources to double the rate of energy efficiency in the energy system.