As part of efforts to actualize the vision of the Agenda 2063 of the African Union which is “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa driven by its own citizens, civic tech actors and civil society organisations in Abuja met to brainstorm on the future of technology in Africa, the technology ecosystem and youth development.
This was at an event organised by Yiaga Africa and Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit – the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and geared towards bringing organisations and initiatives with goals to transform Africa to meet with each other, exchange ideas and build relationships.
In his opening remarks, the Head of Programmes, GIZ’s Citizens Engagement and Innovative Data Use for Africa’s Development, Franz von Weizsaecker, said the organisation will ensure that the sustainable development goals will be achieved in the African continent.
“We have been hiring a lot of tech fellows from African countries. We respect the sovereignty of the African state so we do not engage in politics, but assist communities to develop,” stated Weizsaecker.
Speaking on the essence of the event, Samson Itodo, Executive Director of Yiaga Africa said the collaboration is to open new opportunities for civic organisations carrying out different activities in the African continent to rub minds together, collaborate and help each other achieve their goals in the pursuit of development.
Also speaking at the event, Hamzat Lawal, Executive Director of Connected Development (CODE) expressed the gradual success of his organisation in leading a grassroots campaign in over 40 African countries, where they are tackling practical issues such as climate change, open data advocacy campaign and development policies, as it affects rural and deprived grassroots communities.
Present at the dinner were Executive Directors and representatives of youth-led, innovative organisations such as Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), PVC Activism, TechHer, Dean Initiative, Raising New Voices, Leap Africa, Youth Hub Africa, Accountability Lab, Kimpact Development Initiative, and many more.
GIZ is an organisation that helps organisations, public authorities and private businesses to optimise their organisational, managerial and production processes. With over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment promotion, energy and the environment, and peace and security, GIZ is dedicated to shaping a future worth living around the world.