The Africa Innovation Summit, an African developed initiative aimed at harnessing the innovation potential of the continent, kicked off to a resounding success in Kigali, Rwanda, on Wednesday, 07 June 2018.
The summit aims to mobilize people with the ‘power to act’, including investors, innovators, policy makers, researchers and academics, the business community, the youth, as well as thought leaders and thinkers into a coalition for collective action to promote and build an enabling environment for innovation in Africa. The goal is to engage as many people as possible in order to build a broad constituency in support of innovation in Africa. Most importantly it focuses on innovative and disruptive solutions to the major challenges facing African countries, which include energy access, water, food insecurity, health systems, and governance. It aims to achieve these bold undertakings by fostering an action-driven dialogue between African innovators and stakeholders in Government, private sector, civil society and academia to ensure African solutions are concretely given the opportunity to scale in a measurable way.
To show its support to African originated and based solutions, the African private sector launched remarkable projects on the first of the three-day summit. The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) got on board as a key sponsor of this important summit, in line with its mantra to ‘Make Change Happen’.
The African Development Bank (AfDB), together with partners – The Rockefeller Foundation, Microsoft and Facebook – launched the Coding for Employment, an enterprising programme that will train African youth in demand-driven Information and Communications Technology (ICT) curriculum and further match graduates with ICT employers. This programme will prepare Africa’s youth for tomorrow’s jobs and unleash the next generation of young digital innovators form the continent. Coding is expected to create over 9 million jobs and reach 32 million youth and women across Africa. The Coding for Employment programme is part of AfDB’s 15 year strategy and US 1.64 billion investment in programs to prepare youth for careers in science, technology and innovation.
The Africa Innovation Summit (AfricaInnovationSummit.com) is on until Friday, 08 June 2018 at the Kigali Convention Centre in Kigali, Rwanda.