Smart Cities Are Key If Africa Wants To Tackle An Impending Population Explosion. “Governments should adopt and embrace innovation and technology to bring about lasting development solutions.” -Laurent Lamothe- By 2050, it is estimated that 1.3 billion people will be added to Africa’s population. Unless infrastructure development happens at an unprecedented pace, there will be…Continue Reading
The Global South Needs To Prioritise Partnerships And Technology To Tackle Shared Challenges.
The Global South Needs To Prioritise Partnerships And Technology To Tackle Shared Challenges. By Laurent Lamothe The global South is poised to be a major driver of global economic growth and represents an important element of international cooperation for sustainable development in the region. South-South cooperation is also an expression of solidarity that promotes two-way…Continue Reading
Haiti Remembers 2010: Regions Must Come Together In The Fight Against Climate Change.
By Laurent Lamothe On Sunday 12 January 2020, Haitians remember the 2010 ‘Armageddon’ of an earthquake that set us back 50 years. The devastation to infrastructure was catastrophic, and the loss of life devastating. Our experience in Haiti in 2010 saw us tackle the mammoth task of re-housing 1.5 million people, and rebuilding critical infrastructure…Continue Reading
The ICT sector can make evidence-based policymaking a reality for Africa
The ICT sector can make evidence-based policymaking a reality for African governments. Policymaking is fraught with uncertainties and political considerations. Research-based evidence has to compete with many other factors in government decision making, but policymaking based on evidence is gaining importance in several African countries. In the face of dwindling official development aid and competing…Continue Reading
Public-Private Partnerships Are Key To Creating An Enabling Environment For Africa’s Startups.
Public-Private Partnerships Are Key To Creating An Enabling Environment For Africa’s Startups. One thing that Africa has no shortage of is entrepreneurs. However, it is in the creation of an enabling environment – a startup ecosystem – that will see these budding entrepreneurs make a real impact on the continents economic growth. According to the…Continue Reading
Rwanda Firmly Positions Itself On Africa’s Tech Hub Map
Rwanda Firmly Positions Itself On Africa’s Tech Hub Map By Laurent Lamouth founder of LSL World Initiative In recent years governments across Africa have prioritised investment into the technology industry. With tech hubs growing across the continent by 40% this year. Africa’s technology ecosystem experienced rapid growth with 618 active tech hubs providing “the backbone…Continue Reading
A Thriving Informal Sector Is A Good Thing For Africa
A Thriving Informal Sector Is A Good Thing For Africa Most developing countries have a thriving informal sector, but governments are constrained when it comes to regulating this sector so that it can contribute to the formal economy. However, for most informal business owners registering a business is at best arduous, with a drawn-out application…Continue Reading
SADC Climate-Smart Zone – Key To Alleviating The Impact Of Natural Disasters.
SADC Climate-Smart Zone – Key To Alleviating The Impact Of Natural Disasters. By Laurent Lamothe, Founder and CEO of LSL World Initiative Earlier this year, Cyclone Idaidevastated Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe by leaving more than 1,000 people dead, thousands more missing, and damages in the billions. These storms were among the recent reminders of how…Continue Reading
Digital Transformation – Rethinking Government As A Digital Platform And Citizens As Customers.
Digital Transformation – Rethinking Government As A Digital Platform And Citizens As Customers. I recently spoke at Angotic, Angola’s most reputable innovation forum. I explained that today, technology had advanced so much that a farmer in Angola has as much access to information as the President does. But the challenge is, if and how quickly…Continue Reading