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Digital economy


Digital economy

Overview

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.

SADA PLAN TO CREATE 500,000 NEW JOBS IN 10 YEARS

South Africa in the Digital Age (SADA) was an urgent, multi-sectoral, economic strategy development process to charter South African pathways for inclusive growth in the digital age. The process was a joint venture between the University of Pretoria's Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), Genesis Analytics and the Pathways for Prosperity Commission. Read more

Projects

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    Realising Tanzania's growth through digital economy

    Genesis Analytics partnered with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to provide clear recommendations on the development of Tanzania’s digital and blue economies.

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    Formulating Lesotho’s National Digital Transformation Strategy

    Genesis partnered with Digital Pathways at Oxford University to support the Government of Lesotho to develop a national digital transformation strategy for the country.

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    How does Airbnb support inclusive growth of tourism in South Africa

    Airbnb commissioned Genesis Analytics measure the digital platform's impact on inclusive growth in South Africa.

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    Strategy to support Indonesia's digital skills development

    Genesis Analytics’ Centre of Digital Excellence (C0DE) team partnered with Digital Pathways at Oxford University and the SMERU Research Institute to develop a strategy focusing on accelerating digital skills development in Indonesia.

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    Assessing tech-enabled solutions to global youth unemployment

    Genesis was commissioned by Mercy Corps to conduct a rapid impact assessment of its Youth Impact Labs (YIL) programme.

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    Genesis supports Uganda with strategy to capitalise on 4IR to drive growth

    Genesis is providing technical support to Uganda's Presidential Taskforce on the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) to formulate a national 4IR strategy to guide the country on areas where 4IR technology can be domesticated to achieve development objectives.

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    Facilitating continuous learning for AI health research collaborative

    Genesis Analytics has been contracted to support the International Digital Health & AI Research Collaborative (I-DAIR) through a developmental evaluation (DE). Unlike the traditional formative or summative evaluations, DEs facilitate real-time or close-time feedback loops, facilitating a continuous learning cycle.

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    Addressing food security in a global pandemic

    Genesis Analytics, through the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), advised the Solidarity Fund on if, and how, it could support a sustainable food production intervention that addressed the persistent experience of hunger by the most vulnerable households in South Africa (which has been aggravated by COVID-19).

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    Insights into changing nature of work for young Africans

    Genesis was contracted by the Mastercard Foundation to perform audience-needs research for a new initiative to improve the availability of insights relating to the changing nature of work for young Africans in the coming 10-15 years.

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