Social innovation hubs are critical spaces for engaging and connecting communities–youth, tech entrepreneurs and innovators–and bring forth innovations in the form of new companies, products and services that could drive visions for the digital development of the continent further.
Many improvements need to be made before the continent can fully capture the potential for innovation that exists in our communities. And whilst we acknowledge that some governments are working hard to encourage entrepreneurship, innovation and job-seeking youth, we believe there needs to be inclusive dialogue amongst policy makers, innovators and local communities a dialogue between policy makers and local communities, users and innovators in order to create policy frameworks that foster local, bottom-up innovation.
In order to best contribute to Africa’s digital and social transformation, we have gathered recommendations and examples from innovation communities across Africa with the aim of sharing them with policy makers. Our communique offers suggestions based on the experience of entrepreneurs and innovators from across the continent. We believe these recommendations will develop strong social innovation hubs across the continent, accelerate digital transformation and, ultimately, contribute to a more equitable and sustainable development of our economies and societies.
Project History / Timeline
In October 2016 a group of African innovation hubs, bloggers, entrepreneurs and community catalysts, met in Kigali to discuss their public policy needs. Since then we have collaboratively drafted a policy vision with hubs across the continent.
In May 2017 we will present our collective vision for public policy to Governments across the region at the Transform Africa Summit in Kigali, a grouping of policymakers, corporates and innovators. In May 2018, on the sidelines of the Transform Africa Summit, once again, innovation leaders assembled at the First African Innovation Hub Convention to co-create and endorse v1.2 of the African Innovation Policy Manifesto.