The ongoing pandemic has devastated the world and hit Africa hard. It has forced us to focus on accelerating technological development. This focus presents an opportunity to leapfrog traditional African development processes, bypassing physical infrastructure that the continent has lacked for the most part of a century. Over the next three years, ADN will leverage the power of technology and employ digital strategies in four vital areas: connectivity, education, health care, and finance.
ADN sees an unprecedented opportunity for Africa to accelerate education through technology, as the “new normal” following COVID will bring millions of African students online for the first time. Our community of students, education experts, and technologists all have a shared interest in supporting this mass migration in EdTech, and we will continue to provide networking opportunities so that this shared support continues to grow.
Health care digitization is accelerating, allowing more doctors and other health care professionals to participate in Africa’s health systems from anywhere in the world. ADN will leverage this growing opportunity to increase accessibility to health care for more Africans and improve health outcomes at a time when health care- related needs are increasing.
As an established convener for the African and African diaspora community, we will apply a digital strategy to deliver year-round convenings—like The African Diaspora Investment Symposium (ADIS)—that keep the development and wellbeing of Africa at the forefront.
ADN’s focus on philanthropy and investment will be crucial in transforming financial inclusion as more of Africa comes online. Through technology, we will be able to scale programs like Builders of Africa’s Future, Builders of America’s Future, and our partnerships with social and impact funds to ensure a sustainable economic future for Africans.
Another African leader ADN is celebrating is Danny Allen, Vice President of Tech Diversity & Inclusion at SAP Labs. He has been able to turn a passion for change into an assignment at SAP Labs in Tech Diversity. Thank you for your commitment to inclusion!