CSIS Online Event: Digital Solutions to Covid-19 and Urban Challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa
CSIS invites you to join us for an

Online Event:
Digital Solutions to Covid-19 and Urban Challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa


Thursday, May 21, 2020

9:00 - 10:00 am ET

Center for Strategic & International Studies


A discussion with

Max Cuvellier

Head of Mobile for Development (M4D), The GSMA

Worku Gachou 

Managing Director, Africa, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation

Astrid Haas

Policy Director, International Growth Centre


Moderated by

Judd Devermont

Director, Africa Program


For more on this event, please watch this short explainer by CSIS Africa Program Manager Marielle Harris:


View the webcast here

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Sub-Saharan Africa is urbanizing at a rapid rate. However, the region’s emerging metropolises struggle with informal settlements, lack of social mobility, and deep inequalities in access to basic services. The emergence of Covid-19 has exacerbated these challenges, hindering daily economic activities and increasing health risk for urban dwellers. Fortunately, digital technologies are fueling innovative responses to the needs of the urban poor. Technological solutions, such as mobile apps and pay-as-you-go models, are meeting the demands of rapidly growing urban populations and helping publics adapt to the “new normal” of Covid-19. 

Join the CSIS Africa Program for a discussion on digital technologies and their critical role in solving some of the region’s most pressing health, economic, and social challenges. The panel will feature U.S. policy, private sector, and economic experts. 
This event is made possible through general support to CSIS 

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