IGF 2022 Networking Session #8 The role of Digital Innovation Hubs to ensure digital inclusion to all, especially youth, in Africa

Tuesday, 29th November, 2022 (06:00 UTC) - Tuesday, 29th November, 2022 (07:00 UTC)
Speaker's Corner

DIGILOGIC H2020 project www.digilogic.africa fostering the collaboration between European and African DIHs 
Partner in charge of the Networking session Prototipi (Nigeria)



Onsite Moderator: Adriano Mauro, Protipi ltd, SME, Nigeria, Partner leading the Dissemination & Communication of DIGILOGIC project

Online moderator Stephen Fox, Senior Scientist, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland leading the Challenges for innovators of DIGILOGIC projec


Dr Vincenzo Lorusso, European Commission, DG Research & InnovationPolicy Officer, Science, Technology and Innovation cooperation with Africa and bilateral cooperation with ASEAN countries

Sandro Bazzanella, Team Leader, Technical Assistance to Policy and Regulation Initiative for Digital Africa (PRIDA), African Union Commission, DIE/ISD Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Thuweba Diwani, Project Manager, Digital Transformation Centre, GIZ Digital Solutions for Sustainable Development, Nigeria

Toyin Dania, Project Manager, MEST Africa, Digital Innovation Hub, Ghana, Partner leading the Capacity Building Programme of DIGILOGIC project

Maumo Mubila, Bongo-Hive, Zambia, DIGILOGIC project partner in charge of Community Building of DIGILOGIC project

Onsite Moderator

Adriano Mauro

Online Moderator

Stephen Fox


Kamar Adenomar



Targets: 4.4 By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship. 5.b Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women 8.3 Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services 8.6 By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training 9.b Support domestic technology development, research and innovation in developing countries, including by ensuring a conducive policy environment for, inter alia, industrial diversification and value addition to commodities 17.6 Enhance North-South, South-South and triangular regional and international cooperation on and access to science, technology and innovation and enhance knowledge sharing on mutually agreed terms, including through improved coordination among existing mechanisms, in particular at the United Nations level, and through a global technology facilitation mechanism 9.c Significantly increase access to information and communications technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020


The first 20min will be dedicated to a quick round of questions to the speakers (onsite and online). Between the speakers' questions, the moderator will launch relevant quick polls on slido.io open to both participants onsite and online and the results will be showed on screen. The the second 20min will open up to the questions from the audience (onsite and online), once again using slido.io application The last 20min we will foster networking and collaboration using BigBlueButton open source application

Duration (minutes)

Digital technologies are spreading rapidly in the African continent. Digital dividends—the broader development benefits from using these technologies—have not. Digital technologies to benefit everyone everywhere requires improving the “analog” complements: strengthening policies and regulations that support actors which promote digital inclusions, such as Digital Innovation Hub.

Today, there are around 600 Digital Innovation Hubs across the African continent, at work promoting skills development, capacity building, offering safe co-working spaces, affordable connectivity and networking opportunities. However, they also demonstrate a high failure rate and varying degrees of success.

DIGILOGIC, a three-year H2020 funded project, brings together Digital Innovation Hubs from Africa and Europe aiming at foster peer-to-peer learning among DIHs, sharing best practices and jointly develop inclusive and diverse capacity building and opportunities for African youth. In doing so, it collaborates and engages with other DIHs across Africa to create synergies and maximise its impact.

DIHs keeps asking themselves the same question: how to ensure DIHs can sprout digital inclusion, ensure digital dividends are evenly distributed while remaining sustainable? How they can join forces within Africa but also between EU-Africa, based on their local communities needs and challenges?

Experts within DIGILOGIC consortium, but also from other DIHs at work to ensure digital inclusion, will ice-break the session, portraying their experience.

Policy Questions

What are/should be the responsibilities of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) with regard to digital inclusion? What capacity building programmes, services and infrastructure should they offer to ensure meaningful internet access, especially to African youth?
How the collaboration among DIHs in Africa and between European and African DIHs can support meaningful connectivity in emerging countries?
Which regulations / policy measure, especially in African countries, would facilitate the DIHs endeavour? 

Links https://digilogic.africa/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/DIGILOGIC_D3.2_D11_… https://digilogic.africa/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/DIGILOGIC_D5.2_D20_… https://documents1.worldbank.org/curated/en/626981468195850883/pdf/1029… https://www.friendsofeurope.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/10-16-AEE…

DIGILOGIC has already conducted a similar workshop, in a hybrid format, in 2021, in Abuja, Nigeria, at the Afrilabs Annual Gathering, which can be watched here https://youtu.be/AbYvs5P-cGc. It promoted therefore the participation not only onsite but also online with a strong promotional campaign on social media, across stakeholders and network. The participation and interest was beyond our expectation and we would like, one year later, to hear new voices and open up the discussion allowing the participants to raise and share their policy questions.

The first 30min will be dedicated to a round of questions to the speakers (onsite and online). Between the speakers' questions, the moderator will launch relevant quick polls on slido.io open to both participants onsite and online and the results will be showed on screen. The the second half of the session will open up to the questions from the audience (onsite and online), once again using slido.io application. The three key questions will be the result of the polls run in the first part of the session.  The session will be recorded. The paper whiteboards (online and paper) will be the baseline for a final report to be widely disseminated through DIGILOGIC and its network.

Key Takeaways (* deadline 2 hours after session)

Key Session Takeaways #1 It is highly important that Digital Innovation Hubs offer a broad range of services and training to the entrepreneurs in order to equip them with the various digital and non-digital skills and tools they need and thereby supporting the survival and scaling up of their start-ups. When simply applying digitalization to medieval, profession-centric apprenticeship training (such as apprenticeships to become a plumber, carpe

#2 In the implementation of policies and innovation on the ground, especially when it comes to the Digital Transformation in Education, it is essential to combine a top-down approach with a bottom-up approach in order to ensure the scaling-up of existing activities and not re-inventing the wheel.
Call to Action (* deadline 2 hours after session)

Reach out to [email protected] if you are interested in fostering Digital Innovation Hubs Cooperation in Africa and between Africa and Europe

If you're interested in joining forces to foster Digital Innovation Hubs in Europe and Africa collaboration reach out [email protected]