Updated: Apr 1, 2020
Where can Africa be in 10 years time? How should the continent look? This question forms answers around three pillars; education, economic prosperity, and youth employment.
How will Africa look in 10 years time if we do not enable the whole population to deploy its abundance of homegrown innovation? What will happen if women and men are not able to engage in the development of the continent by innovation, or by any other means?
Innovation needs implementation. And this needs trained and skilled people; it needs a trained, skilled ‘blue-collar’ population that is inclusive. Africa is a rural continent; 70% of the population lives in rural areas and commonly far from health care and services as such. It is of great significance that potential innovators and implementers are capable to provide access to the isolated. Researchers believe that glorified mobile phones will have a big impact and sincere influence concerning the issues mentioned thus far. Adding to this, the actual path to success lies in the development of more than just the flow of information. Physical access will ensure a healthy and productive population, and to release their certain and greatly needed talent and undertaking.
The incredible issue the continent faces, namely lack of infrastructure needs to be examined and properly invested in; roads in Africa need attention, as do vehicles and therefore maintenance. The impression of maintenance is somewhat new and innovative. It is an area f development seldom, if ever, revealed. Maintenance implies making “things” everlasting, well at least attempting to. But maintenance means other things too such as building skills and providing work. It includes employing technicians, training apprentices and establishing networks of logistics. This is exactly the type of environment that Africa needs to be encouraged for innovation and people to flourish.
Africa’s dream is to reach a point where the entire continent has been unlocked for a healthy, creative and productive population.