Improving aid delivery and development strategy in sub-Saharan East Africa was the theme of the 2nd annual Aid & Development Africa Summit in Nairobi, Kenya. Bringing together 350+ experts and decision makers from national, regional, and international NGOs, government and UN agencies, Red Cross, private sector and media, the Summit put innovation and technology at the heart of the development efforts in sub-Saharan East Africa, advocating for cross-sector approach through inclusive, effective collaboration and coordination between key stakeholders, committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the region.
Amongst the topics discussed, particular relevance was given to data strategy and innovations that support emergency communication, health & WASH programmes, disaster preparedness and humanitarian logistics in Africa. The practice-led conference highlighted how mobile solutions drive sustainable innovation and ensure that quality aid and health services can reach those who need them most. Lessons learnt from recent drought crisis and experiences from other countries informed discussions on building Africa’s capacity to meet the SDGs, with a specific focus on innovations and reforms to support health programmes, agricultural projects, disease prevention, education and rural infrastructure.