Stimulus Africa presents the inaugural Stimulus Africa Entrepreneurship Symposium [SAES] ICT for Development [ICT4D] 2016 that will be held on the 30th March 2016 – 1st April 2016.
The symposium is being sponsored by SNV Zimbabwe, an organisation that has been contributing to poverty reduction and economic growth in Zimbabwe since 1983. This move demonstrates SNV Zimbabwe’s commitment to supporting enterprise innovation resulting in the growth of entrepreneurship, inclusive business and the application of ICT for development with the primary purpose of creating jobs and alleviating poverty in Zimbabwe.
“Stimulus is an entrepreneurial hub that builds capacity in entrepreneurs through mentorship, training and networking. The Stimulus Project Management Network is the proud host of this ground breaking symposium focused on sustainable development through ICT’s in the following areas;
ICT4D – Agriculture
Topic: Considering the benefits and challenges of adopting electronic extension and support services for farmers
Description: According to FAO analysis, growth in the agriculture sector is 11 times as effective at reducing poverty as growth in other sectors in sub-Saharan Africa, therefore ‘unlocking Africa’s agricultural potential would also unlock its development’. Investing in improving extension and other services through ICT’s will not only reduce poverty and narrow the gender gap, is will also encourage sustainable development making agriculture a key enabler in the battle to reduce poverty in Africa.’
- ICT4D – Energy
Topic: How can ICT’s contribution to Energy Efficiency change Africa’s approach to the energy crisis?
Description: ‘Lack of access to electricity and modern energy sources profoundly limits economic development, constrains people’s life chances and traps millions in extreme poverty.’ Tackling the lack of electricity access is the biggest challenge most African countries therefore there is a need for better energy efficiency and management which presents an opportunity for the Energy sector to utilise ICT’s more effectively as a tool to achieve this.
- ICT4D Water & Sanitation
Topic: How can mobile technology be used as a tool for monitoring the efficiency of interventions in the WASH sector
Description: ‘Unclean water and a lack of basic sanitation are undermining efforts to end extreme poverty and disease in the world’s poorest countries. Sub-Saharan Africa faces some of the biggest challenges with 68% of individuals have access to an improved water source and 30% have access to improved sanitation services.’ Being able to collect, aggregate and analyze data from remote regions and making the data freely available can help identify where investments are most urgently needed and this can improve the long-term project monitoring. It can also contribute to better water resources planning. ICT’s are uniquely placed to be able to address these information gaps in the WASH sector.
- ICT4D Employment Creation
Topic: Mobile communication technologies as an enabler in the organisation and support of the informal sector
Description: A high level of unemployment is one of the challenges Africa is facing that is perpetuating poverty. ICT’s present an opportunity in this space through Impact sourcing among other ICT’s to address the unemployment crisis. Impact sourcing refers to businesses employing disadvantaged individuals to perform skilled tasks or processing tasks that require human interaction but can be performed on an outsourced basis utilising an inclusive business model. This can then create an environment that supports trade which is a key tool in promoting inclusive and sustainable growth in the economy leading to employment creation.
This article is sponsored by SNV Zimbabwe for the Stimulus Africa Entrepreneurship Symposium 2016: ICT for Development – 31st March – 1st April at The Stimulus Innovation Centre, 171 Fife Avenue, Harare, Zimbabwe.