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Africa50 Innovation Challenge

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Posted May 29, 2019

Africa50 invites  all developers, ICT experts, engineers and innovators for finding sustainable solutions to respond to Africa’s most critical and pressing infrastructure development challenges.

Orthographic map of Africa. Image credit: Martin23230/Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 3.0

Why Last Mile Connectivity?

Recent World Bank studies show that an additional 10% Internet penetration can lift GDP by 1-4% in developing countries and that African firms using the Internet are nearly four times as productive per employee as those that do not.

Inclusive Growth

Internet connectivity has a strong multiplier effect on economies as it drives increased exposure to information, innovation, and knowledge, at reduced costs. It enables access to education, health and other social services, as well as employment and job creation opportunities. Internet connectivity also enables small businesses to access international markets and allows new industries to spring up.

Economic Transformation

Africa is at a crossroads with a range of development needs. Providing the strongest foundation for advanced, inclusive growth, last mile connectivity will enable the continent to leapfrog traditional solutions and unlock the potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by Sept. 9, 2019, midnight EEST.

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