A discussion with
Head of Mobile for Development (M4D), The GSMA
Managing Director, Africa, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation
Policy Director, International Growth Centre
Director, Africa Program
For more on this event, please watch this short explainer by CSIS Africa Program Manager Marielle Harris:
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