Digital Trust: A condition for Africa's emergence. WEBINAR 1: Digital trust and public service provision in Africa

September 17, 2020, En ligne

The Ferdi’s Digital Trust Chair organized three webinars to share its first works and its conviction that Digital Confidence is a condition for the emergence of Africa.

Building on presentations of the Digital Trust Chair’s main research outputs, these webinars discussed the challenges of digital technologies adoption and diffusion and the importance of digital trust for Africa’s emergence. Emphasis was placed on the potential of digital technology to facilitate access to information and reduce transaction costs, in order to develop production capacities and improve access to public services[1]. Several areas of impact were particularly considered, starting with human capital, in particular health, in ordinary times as in times of crisis. Webinar also addressed the role of digital technologies for improving financial inclusion, spurring entrepreneurship and youth employment. 

These webinars should lead to recommendations on how to promote the transition to digital technologies scaling-up, and thereby, to trigger an endogenous development dynamic that will encourage emergence of Sub-Saharan Africa and its western part. The exchanges combined the contribution of recent academic knowledge on digital economics in the African context and the experience of both public and private practitioners.

[1] Broadly defined as the delivery of non-rival and non-excludable goods and services by the public or the private sector

Webinar 1 : Digital trust and public service provision in Africa

French / English simultaneous translation

Thursday, 17th of September 2020 (11:00am-12:40pm CET)

11h. Presentation of the Webinar series : Patrick Guillaumont, President of FERDI

11h05. Introductory session from  Minister Niale Kaba, Ministry of Planning and Development of Côte d'Ivoire. 

11h15.  Presentation of the Chair’s report #1 by Joël Cariolle, FERDI Research Officer  

Moderator: Pr. Jenny Aker, Tuft University (Senior fellow à la Ferdi),

Panellists :

  • Chux Daniels. Senior Fellow at ACET and a leading Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policy researcher and expert
  • Hugues Kouadio Managing Director (ENSAE Côte d'Ivoire)
  • Benoit Schoeffler, CTO (Almérys), Co Chair, Financial Management Group  (HL7)
  • Josselin Thuilliez Researcher (CNRS - Université Paris 1 Sorbonne)
  • Rohen d’Aiglepierre Regional Education Expert, Central Africa Regional Office (AFD)

12h05. Question and answer session.

Issues addressed

Which policies and regulations to reduce the digital divide in Sub-Saharan Africa? what role for Regional Economic Communities and the African Union?

How can digitization foster efficiency and effectiveness in public service provision in SSA?

Is mHealth an effective and viable solution to provide healthcare to Africans in times of COVID?

Digital innovations in the Health sector: prospects from big data, deep-learning and blockchain technologies deployment in Africa

Elearning technologies: complement or substitute to in-class teaching?