Then and now: How smart technologies are changing life in Africa

The fifth Forum of the Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET), was held from 20-22 May 2019, in Kigali, Rwanda, a city I am proud to call home, and one of the smart cities in Africa.


Are SMART technologies clever enough for Africa’s challenges?

Africa is a continent of contrast; full of incredible potential on the one hand, and myriad challenges on the other. To start with, Africa is the world’s richest continent in terms of natural resources.


Can we achieve Africa’s transformation dream?

“We have to be impatient in moving Africa forward”, noted Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), and 2017  World Food Prize, during the 26th World Economic Forum on Africa, held in 2016.

Why the need for haste? Because it cannot longer be business as usual in Africa.


Renewable energy – the big game changer in Africa’s transformation

Large land mass, abundant solar energy resource, huge biomass resources, plenty of wind – all available in Africa, waiting to be converted into renewable energy. Meanwhile, millions of people have no access to clean energy and are using options that are not only harmful to their own health but are also a threat to ecosystems.


What have smart technologies done for Africa?

In the recent past, Africa’s development has improved somewhat, due to smart technologies and related interventions in solving developmental challenges.