We are already witnessing the impacts of the global climate crisis – more frequent extreme weather events, less predictable weather patterns and increased stress on food systems. While no country is immune to the effects of our changing climate, it is the world’s poorest and those least responsible for environmental damage who continue to suffer the most, whether through displacement, lack of food or scarcity of resources such as water and energy. Low- and middle-income countries are under enormous pressure to adapt and build their resilience to climate change. Digital technology, when adopted through enabling policies and strong cross-sector partnerships, is uniquely positioned to build the capacity of future societies, natural systems and agriculture value chains to cope with, and recover from, climate-related hazards, trends, or disasters.
In a highly interactive session, we will:
– Present the latest trends in digital innovations linked to climate resilience and adaptation.
– Profile examples from the latest round of the GSMA Mobile for Development Innovation Fund grantees, Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and partners across Mobile for Development to illustrate successful case studies for such solutions.
– Facilitate a conversation between MNOs, start-ups and donors to discuss the key barriers and opportunities for accelerating investment and innovation to build solutions for climate resilience in Africa.
This work is supported by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office of the United Kingdom Government and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).