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.
Eco-friendly and noiseless, the first urban cable car service in the Caribbean was launched in Santo Domingo on 22 May. AFD has supported the construction of this overhead line, which will link the outlying areas in the north-east to the centre, to tackle the capital’s expansion. It will fly over the Ozama river, which cuts part of the population off from the rest of the city. This new mode of travel will promote the social inclusion of city-dwellers and support interchange, while also reducing CO2 emissions.