March 16, 2017

Using technological innovations to improve aid delivery and development in East Africa

On February 28, 2017, FAST participated on the 2nd annual Aid & Development Africa Summit in Nairobi, Kenya. The two-day summit attracted more than 350 high-profile representatives from NGOs, businesses, government, UN organizations, donors, and media.

Day one focused on mobile technology supporting community resilience, data strategy, infrastructure and camp management. As a new feature of the Summit, Planet of the Apps presented mobile applications that support Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) in the region. The showcased apps included ReliefWeb, AidHedge, ConviFarm, Agribusiness TV, E-ukulima, Share The Meal and ETC Reporter

E-Ukulima, a web-based online platform that enables farmers in Africa to interact with stakeholders in the agricultural sector such as the buyers of farm produce, agricultural related government agencies, NGOs supporting agriculture, suppliers of farm input such as machinery. Within the platform, farmers can access information on the best prices of farm produce in the market, good practices, and training schedules. E-Ukulima improves farmers’ efficiency and revenue, eradicates middlemen and allows effective distribution of resources and aid. Visit E-Ukulima

AgribusinessTV is the first web TV, dedicated to African youth who innovate and succeed in agriculture. Conceived for mobile phones, AgribusinessTV wants to show a positive image of agriculture by documenting success stories, innovations and lessons learned from documenting success stories, innovations and lessons learned from youth initiatives in agricultural entrepreneurship. Visit  AgribusinessTV

AXiiS: which enables matchmaking between impact investors, such as financial service providers (FSPs), and credit-ready small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the sustainable agriculture and forestry sectors. It also serves as a collecting, aggregating and data analysis tool, by gathering key financial indicators and investment trends related to these sectors. Through this platform, SMEs will be able to access a potential investment portfolio of 5.6 billion USD for working capital and fixed assets. In parallel, FSPs will get investment opportunities from credit-ready SMEs with an initial total financing needs of 35 million USD. Visit AXiiS

The summit proved that technology and connectivity are paramount to all stages of work going into achieving the SDGs in Sub-Saharan East Africa and beyond. As such ICT and mobile innovations which drive economic and social development. It was also demonstrated that most stakeholders are willing to integrate new technologies into the field of aid and development for Africa especially at the financial inclusion level.