February 15, 2023

Announcing Open Chats on Youtube

We are excited to announce the launch of our new talk show series on YouTube, Open Chats by The Open Institute! 

This new show brings together leaders and experts in development and governance to discuss the future of Africa and the megatrends that are shaping the world today. Our mission is to provide a platform for insightful conversations and exchanging ideas that will lead to innovative solutions and a better future for Africa.

Modern megatrends shaping the world include digital transformation, climate change, and urbanisation. As prominent African leaders have pointed out, these megatrends have significant implications for Africa and its future.

Akinwumi Adesina, the President of the African Development Bank, has highlighted the impact of digital transformation on Africa, stating, “The future of Africa is digital, and we must invest in it.” He emphasises the importance of Africa being at the forefront of the digital revolution to be competitive and take advantage of the opportunities it presents.

Similarly, climate change is a megatrend affecting the world at an alarming rate. 

According to Amina J. Mohammed, the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and former Minister of Environment for Nigeria, “Africa is on the front line of climate change.” She emphasises the need for urgent action to mitigate climate change’s effects and build resilience in Africa.

Urbanisation is a megatrend that is rapidly transforming Africa. According to Naison Mutizwa-Mangiza, Director of the Urbanization and Housing Section at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, “Africa is urbanising at an unprecedented rate, and this presents both challenges and opportunities.” He emphasises the need for effective urban planning and management to ensure that cities are inclusive, sustainable, and able to support economic growth.

At Open Chats by The Open Institute, we will bring together leaders and experts to discuss these megatrends and their impact on Africa. We aim to provide a platform for insightful conversations and exchanging ideas that will lead to innovative solutions and a better future for Africa. We invite you to join us on this journey as we explore the future of Africa and the world.

In our Season Zero, we start off with our new board members – including Nivi Sharma, who has dedicated her life to providing access to children, women and rural populations, first using the internet and now by building literal bridges! We shall feature computer scientist per excellence, Dr Shikoh Gitau, who has worked hard to change how major decisions are made using hardcore data science and Brian Longwe, who has built internet networks in multiple African countries for the past 30 years. 

Go to our Youtube Page, subscribe and hit that notification icon so that you will not miss any exciting episodes. The series is also available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and everywhere you get your podcasts. Please tell a friend to tell a friend. 

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