idea behind this workshop with African hubs was to network with pioneers and practitioners, to share experiences, create new ideas and discover opportunities in Africa which will eventually help promote international cooperations for sustainable development.
The event brought together a dozen of African hubs including, iLab Liberia of Liberia, iHub
of Kenya, ActivSpaces
of Cameroon, Klab
of Rwanda, RLABS
of South Africa, iLabAfrica
of Kenya, icecairo
of Egypt, Wennovatio
n Hub of Nigeria, BongoHive
of Zambia, iceaddis
of Ethiopia and of course our AfriLabs
In attendance were representatives from the KAIPTC
of Ghana and a hosts of GIZ representatives from head offices in Germany and other African Countries.
During the workshop, we had the opportunity to visit Hubs, (iHub, M:Lab
, iLabAfrica, Ushahidi
) Incubators like (Nailab
), and Strathmore University
which houses the Safaricom Academy
, iBizAfrica and iLabAfrica. The Impact of hubs
- Develop skills
- Create jobs
- Serve as implementing partner for both governments and development cooperations
- Serve as a focal point for the community
- Identify skills and bring them together under one roof where their potentials can be utilized effectively not only on the national scene, but globally as well.
- Help with local development since it creates local linkages.
The potential of digital innovation is every country’s business, because it has become the driving force for national economies, infrastructure development, renewable energy, green revolution and a new way for education. Since mobile devices/technology in general, had become one of the world’s potent development tool, it’s eminent that development cooperations look in the direction where mobile devices can be harness to produce a new way for development projects implementation in a mush faster, better and cheaper way. It is in this direction that hubs and incubators come into play. GIZ, from their perspective sees the impact of hubs in one word “CUBE”.
- Use Knowledge
- Building Network
- Enhance Impact
These are relevant points in development and should therefore be incorporated by institutions in their strive to meet their projects deliverables.