Promoting gender inclusive digital growth across Africa is a key priority for the 16 female tech experts who are attending the UK-Africa Investment Summit on 20 January.
Around a dozen female digital entreprenuers supporting good causes across Africa are to attend a UK government summit in London later this month.
The UK-Africa Investment Summit 2020 aims to boost partnerships between the two economic regions.
Attending will be 16 finalists of the Africa-UK: Female Tech Founders programme, which is run by the UK government’s International Tech Hub Network and aims to bring together women technology entreprenuers. A key focus is encouraging gender inclusive economic growth.
The specific aim of the delegates, from across social enterprise and business sectors, is to promote inclusion and to help close the digital gender gap in Africa.
Another is Cindy Adem from Village2Nation, which is developing digital hubs and training centres for young people in rural sub-Saharan Africa.
Representing South Africa is Mandisaa Mjamba from Relay Africa, which builds healthcare sector technology, including digitising medical records.
Among the five representatives from Nigeria is Damilola Emuze, of ScholarX, which links young people with funders who can help them access education.
“The most ambitious development-focused women tech entrepreneurs from across Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria are coming to London in just over a week’s time to participate in the Network’s inaugural programme specifically focused on supporting gender inclusive economic growth,” said a statement from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DDCMS).
“The entrepreneurs will attend the Africa Investment Summit as part of the programme, which has been designed to empower participants with the skills and connections to tackle the existing digital gender gap.”
The International Tech Hub Network is a DDCMS agency that aims to create partnerships between the UK and international tech sectors. Its priorities includes promoting digitial inclusion, creating local skilled technology jobs and generating opportunities for business partnerships.