Even though digital could be the “great enabler” in tackling inequalities and providing future perspectives - this potential is far from realised. In this session, we invited participants to explore the numerous exciting ways women, youth and indigenous groups can be central and agentic to digital development solutions. Leveraging the ecosystem of three #SmartDevelopmentFund projects, the session worked with innovators of Digital Agriculture Africa, Drone + Data Aid and the Digital Enquirer Kit. In this brainstorming session, participants had the opportunity to discuss hot topics such as how to work “with” rather than “for” young female farmers, how drones can be used for health care purposes around the globe, as well as the specific risks and opportunities available to women and youth in online information spaces.
The speakers, Hafsah Jumare, CEO of CoAmana Market Limited, Hanna Steinebach from Wingcopter, and Darren Seiffert of GIZ, introduced themselves and their topics.
Then, attendees broke up into three groups to discuss risks for children and youth in the information space, use cases for drones in their respective countries, and how to best work with female farmer communities. During the brainstorming session, solutions such as better digital education, expanding satellite internet and using drones to monitor plant health were suggested.