Transforming Africa through Technology
Employing technology as a solution to the eradication of poverty and the eradication of a corruption culture. Encouraging behavioural change through the adoption of technology. Ensuring Africa’s full participation in the digital economy. Supporting and nurturing African technological solution and innovation to address Africa’s unique challenges.
Pan-African Tech Foundation (PATF)
Advocating for Africans to come to the table to build solidarity on global developments in technology as Africans with an agenda for Africa. - Elaine Bannerman -Founder
PATF is an independent, not-for-profit, non-governmental organization established to provide education, legal, regulatory, and technological support in establishing and implementing emerging technologies and digital transformation in Africa.
PATF focuses on harnessing Africa's talent, in particular that of young Africans, by nurturing an environment of idea generation, innovation, and creativity to bring novel technological solutions to market and contribution to Africa's sustainable development.
PATF adopts a holistic approach by bringing together a highly experienced multidisciplinary team of critical experts to meet its objectives and support African governments' technological developmental agenda.
PATF further supports the African Union's Digital Transformation Strategy for Africa (2020-2030)
PATF's solutions have the potential for adoption and acceleration across the continent as digital transformation is inevitable and indeed required in all African countries. Involving Africa’s youth in digital transformation and governmental support for innovation is required to achieve sustainable development (in particular, UN SDGs 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all - and SDG 9 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation).
Pan-African Tech Foundation (PATF) is of the conviction that young Africans, who will constitute up to 42% of the world’s youth population, of which 75% will be under 35 by 2030, is a global, untapped asset. PATF inspires technology actions. It facilitates the private and public sector in harnessing this unique demographic dividend and helping seize the opportunity presented for an increase in the mass adoption of emerging technologies in Africa.
Education - Hardwiring a focus on STE(A)M in education provides the key resource for a tech- aware and educated young population.
Youth Innovation - Encouraging the entrepreneurial mindset using tech in young people, Africa’s greatest asset.
Afro Tech - Indigenous African technological solution to African challenges.
Digital Transformation - Digitization in public and private sectors, digital infrastructure e.g. Facebook for Africans, other regional and continental applications designed to promote development for Africans.
Digital Economics - Making data affordable, making equipment affordable, Making networks affordable. This is key, without out tech will be taxed into oblivion for Africa. Affordability of network data is the biggest restraint on tech development in Africa.
Women in Tech - The promotion of tech as a gender-neutral tool and the specific empowerment of and encouragement into tech of women of all ages
Engagement with Arts, Culture and Heritage - PATF will explore the impact of technology on arts, culture and heritage as a strategy to engage with all people. We will do this through our collaboration with the Pan African Heritage World Museum organisation and other entities in the continent and outside focused in promoting Africa’s talents and unique traditions.
PATF adopts a holistic approach by bringing together a highly experienced multidisciplinary team of key experts to meet the key objectives of delivery of African governments’ technological agenda.
African Union Digital Transformation Strategy
The African Union’s Digital Transformation Strategy for Africa (2020-2030) promotes the objective of “Recognizing the efforts of the continent’s leadership to prioritize and accelerate digital transformation” and further states that “Building on the vision of many African leaders, African countries are ready for a comprehensive digital transformation strategy to guide a common, coordinated response to reap the benefits of the fourth industrial revolution,” based on six foundation pillars of: Enabling Environment, Policy and Regulation, Digital Infrastructure, Digital Skills and Human Capacity, Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship."
The 4th Industrial Revolution
With new technologies like Blockchain and AI, African governments will have the ability to develop innovative solutions in agriculture, improved food security, healthcare, delivering safe drinking water, quality accessible education, digital identification, digital solutions to voting in elections, banking the unbanked, efficient management of utilities and effective tax collection. Health care, identity management and renewable energy are some of the non-financial blockchain use-cases already gaining popularity in Africa. Transparency, traceability and data security characteristics of blockchain technology will aid in tracking the life-cycle of medicines, countering the menace of counterfeit drugs in Africa. Research and Development (R&D) will guarantee sustainable development as well as an enabling vehicle for keeping abreast with developments in science, technology and innovation.