Inclusive innovation in Africa: what is next?
Africa’s innovations in the fields of mobile payments and prepaid solar are now widely adopted and changing the lives of millions of people across Africa. The majority markets, the underserved low-income communities are now getting access to affordable payment and energy solutions that only a few years ago were unthinkable.
What will be the next mPesa? What is the next innovation that leapfrogs entire phases in deployment of technology and will enable millions of people to access to new sources of information, new delivery channels, products, services, livelihoods and job opportunities? What is the next generation of innovation that is creating opportunities in sectors like finance, agriculture, energy, education, health care and water and sanitation?
Is it blockchains in health care, IoT and logistics, AI and agriculture, fuel cells and energy-as-a-service? And how will these innovations affect the aspiring low-income population? How will it change their lives, their homes, their families, the way they live, buy, earn, learn, love, pray, eat, vote? How will it affect their health, their wealth, their dreams and aspirations?