How the pandemic has changed the focus for social innovation in Africa

Social innovation is tackling the health crisis

  • Surveillance.
  • Contact tracing.
  • Treatment for the virus.
  • Laboratory systems.
  • Infection, prevention and control.
  • Community engagement.
  • Almost 60% were information and communications tech (ICT) driven, such as WhatsApp chatbots rolled out in South Africa, self-diagnostic tools in Angola, health information tools in Nigeria and contact tracing apps in Ghana.
  • Around 25% were based on 3D printing.
  • Almost 11% were robotics based.

Challenges and opportunities in Africa

COVID-19 has highlighted urgent need for investment in social innovation

  • Infrastructure for connectivity and ICT
  • Robotics.
  • Artificial intelligence and automation.
  • Mechatronics and drones.

It’s a simple concept and depends on business leaders to step up

  1. Is the company performing a socially positive function?
  2. Is it enhancing the quality of life for people in a measurable way?
  3. Is its core market also important for social progress?



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