To mark the major VivaTech digital event organized in Paris from 24 to 26 May, AFD is announcing that it is scaling up its support for African start-ups by launching the Digital Africa Label and partnering with the Digital Observer digital observatory.
It is essential for Africa to develop the skills of its workforce and invest in its multiple local talents if the continent is to succeed in its digital revolution. Proparco, AFD Group's private sector subsidiary, supports Andela, a start-up that trains an elite group of developers.
The digitalization of the world is leading to production of mass data, or “big data”, which is drastically changing the economy. Utilization of this data, which are sometimes of a personal nature, is raising questions among the public. By financing Project OPAL, AFD wants to show that secured and ethical utilization of data coming from private enterprises is possible and that it can serve the cause of sustainable development. Pilot projects in both Colombia and Senegal are showing the way.
Digital Africa – the accelerator of African digital talents – is launching its label and becoming a networking platform at the VivaTech innovation fair organized in Paris from 24 to 26 May. This is a logical complement to the annual competition to mobilize the driving forces of innovation in Africa.