On 11th March 2019, Strathmore University Business School (SBS) announced a collaboration with insight2impact to support African tech entrepreneurs and data enthusiasts. “The partnership will make a big contribution in helping African tech entrepreneurs and data enthusiasts in enhancing their capacity and linking them to the broader innovation, data and financial inclusion ecosystems in and across countries”, said Rosemary Okello-Orlale, Director, Africa Media Hub, SBS.
Insight2impact is a resource centre that supports the use of data for decision-making among private-sector and public-sector actors, with a focus on financial and economic inclusion. The two parties agreed to work together on DataHack4FI, one of Insight2impact’s flagship initiatives which is a competition that supports the development of an African community of data and technology innovators who are applying their skills for good, with a focus on financial and economic inclusion. This year, the DataHack4FI innovation competition is taking place in seven African countries: Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia.
Speaking during the announcement meeting, Insight2impact lead, Hennie Bester, said, “We are thrilled to collaborate with SBS, where the next generation of African business leaders are being trained. Our organisations agree that data skills are essential to lead in the 21st century. We share a passion for the development of practical business applications that generate a return on investment while addressing local challenges. And we both have a Pan-African vision and multi-country mandate. I look forward to seeing the fruits of this collaboration, as we work together to support innovations from Africa, for Africa!”
The participants in the DataHack4FI competition are privileged to be able to draw on the business-and-data expertise of the SBS faculty and alumni, which covers sectors such as agribusiness, healthcare and education. SBS will also provide the data enthusiasts who take part in the competition with access to data-sets through the Africa Regional Data Cube under the Africa Media Hub at SBS.
Dr. George Njenga, Executive Dean of SBS, said the partnership is one of the many ways in which the institution’s work on technology and data is having an impact in the area of participation, engagement and decision-making – especially in line with Sustainable Development Goals. “We are building capacity and empowering the youth to fully capitalize on the power of data in advancing financial inclusion and welfare outcomes, especially for entrepreneurs in the region”. We look forward to more collaborations of this nature.
This article was written by Pamela Nyandat.
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