Session 3: Is the Digital Landscape Inclusive for all?
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