Session 3: Is the Digital Landscape Inclusive for all?


Date & Time

Tuesday, 17 Jul

14:30 - 15:45


In this increasingly connected and digital world, consumers are using a wide range of mobile enabled services for education, agriculture, health, finance and utilities. Yet, despite significant growth in mobile usage across developed regions, in low- and middle-income countries certain segments of society are being left behind: women, individuals with less education, rural residents, and the poor account for a disproportionate number of those not connected. A clear and explicit strategy to support these groups needs to be agreed, but where should we focus our immediate action? What are the barriers we need to overcome and what are the consequences of doing nothing? 


14.30-14.35 Chairperson Welcome

Gerry Rasugu, Mobile for Development Director, Sub-Saharan Africa, GSMA 

14.35-14.45 Keynote: Delivering inclusivity for all

Omobola Johnson, Chairperson, Alliance for Affordable Internet, A4AI 

14.45-15.15 Panel Discussion: Accelerating digital and financial inclusion for women

Moderator: Gerry Rasugu, Mobile for Development Director, Sub-Saharan Africa, GSMA 

Mercy Ndegwa, Head of Public Policy and Regulation, Safaricom

Nelusigwe Mwangota, Head of business planning & Reporting, Vodacom Tanzania 

Moses Abindabizemu, Director, Marketing & Airtel Money, Airtel Rwanda

15.15-15.25 Introducing connected societies and digital skills training in Rwanda

Jon Vesey, Market Engagement Director, GSMA

15.25-15.45 Fireside chat: Digital Inclusion: the role of the operator in Africa

Philip Amoateng, CEO, Airtel Rwanda 

Moderator: Rachel Sibande, Programme Director Africa, Digital Impact Alliance