Monday, February 28, 2022
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a gender-based violence, a violation of the rights of women and girls, and a CRIME in Nigeria. However, people still have poor knowledge and understanding of the negative impacts it has on the lives of women and girls, are unaware of the existing laws on FGM, and reporting of FGM cases is still very low.
Our panel will highlight opportunities for the application of digital technology in creating solutions that can be utilized by individuals, FGM advocates and organizations to create more awareness on FGM, monitor and evaluate the progress of anti-FGM initiatives and commitments. The panel will also explore the potential in harnessing the power of the media in protecting women and girls from FGM, and how to better provide support for survivors and girls at risk of FGM.
Our panelists will share key insights on aspects where technology can play a key role in the fight against FGM, providing valuable information for Techsters and digital media enthusiasts in developing their own solutions. The panel will provide a starting point for the creation of interventions that can leverage on digital technology to amplify their impact
This session is hosted by HACEY Health Initiative
The covid 19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on Africa's economy and growth. It has simply widened the inequality gap and exacerbated seemingly perennial dire conditions of poverty, hunger and unemployment on the continent. Africa must create jobs for her millions of unemployed youth in order to stem the growing tide of discontent especially among young people. While governments have the primary responsibility to reduce poverty and create the conducive environment for enterprise to thrive and multiply and create jobs and opportunities, it is pertinent for non state actors including private sector and the social sector (especially faith communities) to play major role in addressing some of the gaps in systems and governance that would address this.
Our session will focus on Youth, Technology, Hustle and Bustle in Africa: expanding roles for Faith communities in driving innovation and enterprise? Our panelists are people who have a good grounding in enterprise development, business governance, policy, technology innovation as well as in engagement with faith communities for development. They shall discuss how technology is reinventing the old concept of manna coming down from heaven by exploring the world of possibilities and opportunities waiting to be unlocked and unleashed through technology driven innovations and enterprise. How faith based NGOs are addressing stereotypes and dogma to promote an economy that prioritizes gender and youth inclusion.
The panel will also explore the roles of faith NGOs in addressing the issues of capacity and integrity deficit among young people which poses a hindrance to accessing credit, jobs and leverages. We shall also explore ideas and information on how government agencies and the financial sector can help young people to initiate bankable ideas, build viable enterprise and access public and private support/accelerator initiatives.
This session is hosted by Movement for Islamic Culture and Awareness (MICA, Lagos)
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
African students in the diaspora have a limited voice. Despite contributing significantly to the finances and GDP of their countries of residence and producing great research, innovations, the African perspective and necessary regulation in this billion-dollar sector are sorely lacking.
This meetup will be a discussion and networking session for African professionals and students in the diaspora or anyone with an interest in this.
The session will kick off with an interactive discussion with seasoned African professionals on how government and international policies impact the way Africans live, work, learn and play in the diaspora. Meetup participants will have the opportunity to connect, collaborate, and collectively ideate around African centered solutions and best practices to ensure all African students and professionals abroad can be successful.
This session is hosted by Extrafemi
Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Young people’s access to quality Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Information and Services is yet to be achieved; Socio-cultural, Religious and provider bias still remain some of the major hindrances to its achievement. Increase in the rate of SRH issues such as unwanted pregnancies, STIs and unsafe abortion is imminent if not matched with access to contraception and other sexual and reproductive health services.
Young people are digital natives who often use digital media platforms as a medium for information, education and communication. This medium is however yet to be optimized as a means for reaching young people and providing increased access to Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) information and services.
A myriad of opportunities exists in digital media which can be leveraged on to create awareness on SRHR such as short movies, comedy skits, music videos, doodles and more which if maximized will result in increased awareness and access to quality SRHR information and services. For instance, digital consultation (one on one chat) with a service provider has the possibility to cut off bias and discrimination, a major issue faced by young people at a physical facility.
This session will highlight the potential in technology and media that CSOs, State Ministries of Health, and program managers can leverage on to promote access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Information and services for young people. Panelists share insights on how to leverage digital resources to increase access to quality health for all and ensure no one is left behind. Additionally, this session will expose media and communication organizations to a new genre of content with readily available audiences to be explored.
This session is hosted by HACEY Health Initiative
Thursday, March 3, 2022
The closing of safe spaces and Democracy has been the latest trend across the continent and what we have seen so far is that people, activists and civil society leaders do not have the safe space of asking questions or engaging tyrannical government or regime as they will like to be called. We have seen that there will be no economic stability in a country which does not allow for institutions to run without the influence of the executive. We have also seen the clamp down on the internet, social media networks and the continuous jailing of activists who speak up in different African countries or who demand for transparency and accountability. We understand that to build better citizenry, the need to continuously engage in civic education and inspire the office of the Citizen- which is the greatest office in the land- to hold the government to account and remind elected representatives that they hold the position in trust and not perpetuity.
This session will highlight the challenges across board, look at the solutions of the past and where they have failed and see how new thoughts can help scale through the cancer which is eating deep into the fabric of our Democracy.
This session is hosted by BudgIT Foundation
To achieve universal health coverage in Africa, health system strengthening in the area of rehabilitation must become a priority. According to research published in The Lancet, one in three persons will require rehabilitative services over a lifespan and yet there is a shortage of rehabilitation professionals, services and overall lack of funding with one third of the population currently living with disabilities. This challenge can afford individuals and organizations enterprise opportunities within rehabilitation to facilitate accessible rehabilitation services.
This panel will bring together stakeholders in the rehabilitation industry in Nigeria to discuss key health system strengthening strategies that are in line with the WHO rehabilitation 2030 goal wherein key emphasis is on collaborative initiatives. By highlighting the six building blocks of health system strengthening in rehabilitation, we hope to expose participants to opportunities in health information systems, rehabilitation financing and rehabilitation services delivery.
Panelists will discuss the critical role of rehabilitation to ensure a functional healthcare system. Other topics to be explored include how collaboration with other industries facilitates community based interventions and research. Finally, panelists will give an overview of financial partnerships that can be built to ensure that every member of society has access to rehabilitative services.
This session is hosted by REHABICA
In October 2020, Nigerian youths staged a series of nationwide peaceful protests for 12 days –an affirmation of young citizens’ democratic and constitutional right to peaceful assembly as well as freedom of association. The protests had a snowball effect on the consciousness of citizens, especially young people, who become increasingly active in demanding quality services across other sectors.
The emergence of these active citizens, particularly Gen Zs, have important implications for reforms across all sectors. Citizens, leaders and most importantly, civic tech organisations need to pay attention to major trends shaping this call for a better governed country.
Gen Zs in Nigeria have been tagged the “SòròSókè” generation which simply means “SPEAK UP”. This group of young individuals born between 1997 and 2015 embody traits that are sure to shape our collective future in the coming decades. In 2021 they are 6 - 24 years old but in 2031 (next 10 years), they will be 16 - 34 years old. Most will then be of voting age and own an incredible opportunity to shape the 2031 elections as awareness and engagement increases in 2023 and 2027.
What a potential turning point this would be for Nigeria if we set the agenda today!
An in depth look into the correlations and trends that are present within Gen Zs will reveal key insights civic tech organisations can leverage to grow in their endeavours and continue expanding their reach with the next generation of leaders, trailblazers and visionaries.
Through this session, we seek to explore the trends among Gen Zs that makes them a potentially indomitable force in birthing a new Nigeria and how Civic Tech organisations can harness this force in creating mechanisms that empower young people in their demand for good governance.
Attendees will leave the session with a broader perspective of how and what young people think about governance. And how Civic Tech organisations can tap into their strengths and traits to create solutions that empower, inspire and unite them in their demand for good governance and active engagement in civic duties.
This session is hosted by Enough is Enough Nigeria
Africa is not just the next big market, it is the NOW market. The eyes of the globe have now focused on the continent as it will remain the youngest continent for the next 3-5 decades. However, most of the world, including Africans themselves, see Africa with a Western lens. But in order to unleash the potential of the continent, and for Africans to benefit in the long run, we must see Africa the way it is, not the way the West has trained us to see this.
In this masterclass, Feyi Olubodun the author of the seminal book, The Villager: How Africans Consume Brands, will help participants acquire a new lens to see the continent as it is and to tap into the maximum potential it offers. With case studies across the continent, participants will be equipped to develop programs and interventions that are Africa-specific within their businesses and for their products and services.
This session is hosted by Open Squares Consulting
Poverty is multidimensional, and both a root cause and a symptom of the cycle of underdevelopment on the African continent. As such, any proposed solution for eradicating the menace should be multi-sectoral and inclusive in every sense of the word.
We have an opportunity to create sustainable systems of development when the government, especially at the local level, and private organizations work together to engage the minds of local residents in generating ideas and solutions for problems that are specific to them. There is a gap between solutions and recipients that need to be addressed for progress to be sustained.
The Panel will discuss the merits and gaps of current poverty eradication efforts, highlighting the opportunities that true community-centred development provides, and discussing the frameworks for solutions that are multi-sectoral and inclusive in every sense of the word. The key focus of these opportunities will be the human resource with conversations on how they can be adequately inspired and equipped to become the solution providers for their own specific problems. The panel will also highlight methods and processes for engaging private financiers and the government for support, as they have experience and success in doing this.
We want the audience to leave with a different perspective on bringing development to vulnerable communities while shifting their ambitions from only personal advancement to collective and collaborative progress. They will learn how to see opportunities for communal development in the midst of challenges, while also understanding new methods of engaging the government, especially at the local level, understanding their roles and holding them accountable to community engagement and development.
This session is hosted by The Project Ark initiative
INNOVATIVE REGULATION: HOW SOUND LAWS AND STRONG BUSINESS POLICIES CAN CREATE AND SUSTAIN INNOVATION IN AFRICA
Does regulation inhibit innovation and if so, by how much? Regulation is often mentioned as a barrier to innovation in various industries across the world. Issues such as delayed market entry, licensing fees, fiscal and monetary policy, government interference and so on are some frequently mentioned barriers. How then do we foster innovation in Africa (particularly Nigeria) and what role does the government have to play in this process?
Regulations are intended to improve the efficiency of the markets in delivering goods and services. There is a growing consensus that the quality of business regulation and the institutions that enforce it are major determinants of prosperity. Regulations that show a lack of understanding of the tech and innovation ecosystem will have a negative impact on innovation and the economy at large. Nigerian regulators have on several occasions opted for bans rather than regulating around innovative processes.
Our session at this year’s Africa NXT will bring together leading experts in the legal, policy, tech and business space to discuss how overregulation and regulatory uncertainty continues to cripple startup development and innovation in Nigeria and across the continent. Our expert panel will also advise how the startups/tech space can be better regulated to boost productivity and contribution to the economy.
Our major focus will be on how reforms by Governments can be a powerful stimulus to further innovation, growth and the emergence of a new set of business leaders.
This session is hosted by Olisa Agbakoba Legal
Over the last decade, sub-Saharan Africa has experienced the highest proportion of violent demonstrations globally, with civil unrest growing by almost ten times. Our traditional governance models are not adapted to contemporary challenges. However, the pandemic gave us a new sense of urgency in reflecting global strategies to tackle structural vulnerabilities and create a blueprint to anticipate and address crises collectively.
Sharing insights from the field, this session will take a deep dive in to practical ways to mitigate crisis. In addition, contemporary and historical examples will be used as case studies to help understand the influence of media coverage in risk and crisis management.
The main takeaways of the session would be a better understanding of system-thinking approaches in risk assessments and preventative frameworks to help anticipate future crisis. The interrelations between risk drivers and the growing influence of various actor groups, including media, private and public sectors, international communities, citizens and marginalized groups, would also be explained to help shift narratives from a continent permanently at war with itself to one that can pioneer innovative approaches to governance.
This session is hosted by Axle International
The deployment of 5G services in Nigeria has been approved by the Federal Government of Nigeria. What impact will 5G services have on society and industries? How can this technology be leveraged to achieve socio-economic benefits?
This discussion will bring together key stakeholders to discuss the significance of deploying 5G services in Nigeria and across Africa, particularly focusing on the derivable benefits of 5G services to individuals, businesses and the national economy. This panel will also address community concerns and misinformation on 5G technology and its impact on citizens and society.
This session will also provide insights into the Nigerian Communications Commission and federal governments process for engaging stakeholders through consultation, dissemination of information and an open vendor bidding process.
Ultimately attendees will leave this session:
 More informed on 5G technology,
 With a better understanding of how 5G service will be rolled out in Nigeria
 Knowledge of opportunities that can be harnessed to improve quality of life, businesses and the economy.
This session is hosted by Nigerian Communications Commission
HACKING THE LAST MILE: DEMOCRATIZING ACCESS TO HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT INFORMATION USING OPEN DIGITAL TOOLS
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated a fundamental global transformation towards new digital and artificial intelligence (AI)-based technologies in healthcare. Over the past year, we have seen that in response to the current global public health crisis, the use of new digital tools and AI for tasks ranging from outreach and mapping to contact tracing or diagnostics has been rapidly expanding in many countries.
However globally, more than half the world’s population already lacked access to essential health services before the COVID-19 pandemic. Millions of these deprived people in Africa still cannot have basic information and knowledge that is to motivate and give them a foundation to be seeking and utilizing available health and development services for fulfilled and sustainable living. Digital tools can overcome this gap but often lack adequacy to meet the need of the communities where health services are already scarce. Barriers like lacking ICT infrastructure, weak or no education, the digital skills gap, bias on the internet colonialistic tools, languages and content that dominate the Internet, and economic hardship need to be overcome to ensure that no one is left behind.
In this panel, we will discuss the above and some of the other challenges and opportunities of democratizing the digital transformation to allow for adequate and appropriate solution finding in health and development services. Further, we will show-case two promising new initiatives from the field – the localization process of Wikipedia as well as the implementation of Audiopedia – an open-source solution fostering digital outreach especially targeting marginalized populations.
This session is hosted by RedAid Nigeria
Advancements in technological innovations are increasingly disrupting democracies across Africa, with the emergence of an empowered electorate and decentralized access to governance. We’ve seen this play out at different levels, through citizen-led social movements such as Nigeria’s #EnoughisEnough and #EndSARS protests; Ghanaians’ clamor to #FixTheCountry; and the world turning #BlueForSudan.
Now more than ever, social media has the power to change not just the message, but the dynamics of nation building. Through the use of social media in elections and governance, political participation has become less private and more susceptive to public perception. How do we channel this social consciousness from online to offline citizen engagement, with the objective of influencing electoral processes that truly represent the voice of the people?
Ultimately, the session will aim to broker a stakeholder centric solution to a pressing challenge, leveraging the Africa NXT platform and StateCraft Inc.’s experience in driving good governance and sustainable citizen participation programmes.
This session is hosted by StateCraft Inc
This session wishes to address the challenges of abuse, violence and stigma of people with mental health conditions and the broader stereotypes faced in accessing mental healthcare in Nigeria. Looking at Nigeria's current laws and policies affecting mental health, we look at the opportunity of "Nothing About Us Without Us" - the mantra of the global disabilities movement.
How can we begin to ensure that people with lived experience lead, champion, consult and reclaim their space on issues that affect them? How can we leverage the psychosocial model of disability to advocate for systemic changes in mental health in Nigeria?
We will learn the human rights approach to mental health, what Nigeria is lacking and how we can bridge the gap to ensure the fundamental freedoms of all people including people with mental health conditions.
This session is hosted by She Writes Woman Mental Health Initiative
Youth in Africa are isolated and underrepresented in governance across the continent. This is often the case in most parts of the world, but the ratio of under-representation of youth in Africa is alarmingly high. They are left out from key decision making processes. In many cases, the younger generation is more knowledgeable, equipped, and prepared to address the fast-moving issues of today than the establishment leadership.
With 60 percent of its 1.25 billion people under the age of 25 years old, Africa has the youngest population in the world. But this young majority is not being represented in government. This fundamental disconnect between policymakers and youth amplifies problems and causes African society in general to digress and feel dated.
The cries for change from Africa’s youth have mostly been ignored. Policymakers pay lip service to the issue, but rarely do anything to correct it. There is no awareness of youth inclusion in the electoral or administrative process. Sadly, this leaves us with old leadership and institutions that are unable to take any meaningful action to address the issues most relevant to young people. If instead governments focused on inclusion, the youth could have tremendous potential to positively effect change and economic growth.
This session focuses on; Senior leadership, the aspirations of the youth, cultural invasion and, imperialist influence.
Youth are the most important human capital of any economy. Not only are they agile, adaptable, and receptive, but the modern youth also understand employment in the millennial age. They are tuned in to opportunities of the gig economy, constantly aware of and ready to seize upon the newest and latest trends.
This session is hosted by Teennation
Friday, March 4, 2022
Gathering data is very important, and more so data, drawn from the informal economy in Africa. Data properly obtained and if put to proper use can unravel groundbreaking insights, simplify problem solving, business development, nation building and planning.
This session hopes to model people into becoming dedicated ambassadors to the call for the need to capture data in the informal sector, consolidate data in order to mitigate occurrences like pandemics as well as solidify their understanding of the role of technology in data collection for better planning.
To really understand the power of data, and insights, let’s use this simple analogy. In Kano, a basket of tomatoes goes for N5,000 but in Lagos, the price multiples itself by 10. Imagine if data was collected and tracked to know where the margin lies and how best to approach it, this brings new variables to the conversation. It is paramount that data-driven decisions and not just any kind of data but quality data are put into effect to build for efficiency, feasibility and sustainability. There are professionals and master insight obtainers skilled to do this but first, that mental shift is needed.
This Session is Hosted by The CANs