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SBS Hosts the First-Ever Africa Assembly E-Summit

  Jun 12, 2020
 

Strathmore University Business School last month hosted the first-ever Africa Assembly E-Summit. The Africa Assembly is part of the Transforming Tomorrow Initiative by the Institute for Global Prosperity (IGP) which plans to establish the Africa Assembly as its first Regional Assembly. As a continent, Africa is young, growing – and exposed to environmental breakdown, the Transforming Tomorrow Initiative is seen to be a catalyst in a multi-decade, structural transformation that will move the global society from climate emergency to global prosperity. 

The objective of the Assembly is to describe the plausible pathways to prosperous futures and create a network of senior leaders who want to act for change. The assembly has become a new coalition catalyzing actions to drive plausible pathways to prosperous futures.

It also aims to build a community that can support each other in a period of historic significance. The Assembly seeks to stimulate many African solutions of global significance and help guide regions across the continent to be on the path to prosperity, where more people can choose their version of the good life.

The Assembly brought together a wide range of business leaders from different sectors. The E-Summit was attended by members of the Africa Assembly from the different parts of Africa including innovator Tsema Yvonne Ede-Okoye, human rights lawyer and conflict resolution specialist, George Njenga, Executive Dean of Strathmore University Business School and Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, President of the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad.

The Assembly discussed a wide range of topics from activating young people to transforms Africa’s future to ways to accelerate the adoption of regenerative agriculture practices. The e-summit further explored ways in which the African Regional Assembly can offer African solutions of global significance.

The following are some of the issues which were raised 

  • Regenerative Agriculture. How to rapidly advance regenerative agriculture across the continent with farmers and their livelihoods and ensure that it is at the core. How can it be made economically viable?
  • Why should Africa be paying the price for global north environmental degradation through industrial agriculture? 
  • How to empower small-scale farmers and create a more circular value chain?
  • How Africa can lead to shaping the agriculture of tomorrow. 
  • Contemporary Innovation
  • Solving unsustainable livelihoods as the first step
  • How to empower small-scale farmers and create a more circular value chain?

The following issues were identified as the critical roles for the Regional Assembly address:

  • Regenerative Agriculture. To use strategic study to advance regenerative agriculture in Africa through institutional interventions;
  • Shifting national conversations through provocations and engaging citizens across Africa on a specific topic through stories of a future made better by large-scale change.

Involving a large, diverse portion of Africa’s youth to describe their preferred future and what they need to drive it themselves so that current decision-makers can help today’s youth to be active in defining the future of Africa. This is because, by 2030, 42% of world youth will be African. Therefore, there is a need to create spaces where young people can articulate their preferred futures.

 

Article by Rosemary Okello-Orlale, Director Africa Media Hub Strathmore

University Business School

 



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