Our digital economy team at Genesis focuses on technology innovation and the opportunities it provides for improving the development potential of African nations. Our work is focused on supporting African governments, their development partners and private firms in forging new tech-enabled pathways to inclusive growth:
- We work with a range of partners in identifying tech-enabled opportunities for improving service delivery in healthcare and education, job creation and inclusion, and addressing the impacts of the COVID pandemic, and the steps that need to be taken for these opportunities to scale inclusively.
- We advise policymakers and regulatory authorities on how best to create an enabling environment for the application of tech innovation, including national digital strategies, policy and regulatory assessment and reforms, and systemic interventions to build sustainable tech ecosystems.
- We work with the private and public sectors to assess the efficiency of digital infrastructure, including broadband infrastructure, data storage and processing infrastructure, and digital devices. We work with regulators and policymakers to shape the governance of digital infrastructure to improve digital inclusion.
- We work with international donor agencies and public sector organisations to identify the digital skills required to support the changing nature of work in the fourth industrial revolution, and the capacity-building requirements in government to support the rollout of tech applications.
- We have a dedicated R&D function to design and develop digital tools and data-intelligence products to help our clients do their business better. This includes digital applications such as chatbots and data-analytics tools and dashboards to help our clients make sense of complex datasets and inform their decision-making.
We have also established relationships with a number of stakeholders in the tech policy arena in Africa that will be useful in executing this assignment. Our networks include:
The Pathways for Prosperity Commission on Technology and Inclusive Growth at Oxford University that will soon develop into a TechGov Hub once the commission reaches the end of its lifecycle.
The 4IR WEF Affiliate Centre, which is being established in South Africa to focus on 4IR governance issues.
The UNECA Digital Centre for Excellence, which focuses on the enabling environment for digital ID, digital trade, and the digital economy in Africa.
The Insight2Impact Facility, which provides research and advocacy on data regulation and use cases.
The Better Than Cash Alliance, which provides advocacy and capacity building in digital payments.
The GSM Association, which provides research and advocacy on telco regulation and mobile tech policy.
The Digital Impact Alliance, which has developed digital principles to guide the deployment of tech projects.
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