September 15, 2023

Digital Transformation Strategy for Africa 2020 – 2030

Contributed by:

H.E. Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid

Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy at the African Union Commission

This Commissioner Impact Story was published in the 2023 State of Broadband Report

Digitalisation is transforming societies and economies around the world. Africa’s digital transformation is also progressing with the implementation of the Digital Transformation Strategy for Africa 2020 – 2030 that envisioned “An Integrated and inclusive digital society and economy in Africa”, which is in alignment with the Agenda 2063: The Africa we want: and SDG 2030 despite the gaps in digital infrastructure, meaningful connectivity, digital literacy among others.

For example, the implementation of the AU Interoperability Framework for the Digital ID that envisioned legal identity for all Africans using digital technologies and allow Africans (majority women and children) to exercise their right to participate in social, economic and political life is expected to play a significant role in achieving Aspiration 1 of AU Agenda 2063 and SDG target 16.

In addition to the implementation of the AU Digital Education Strategy that that focuses mainly on accelerating the adoption of digital technologies for teaching, learning, research, assessment and administration, and creating digitally empowered African citizens to fully benefit from the digital economy and society as well improving digital literacy and skills for all, especially for teachers and students are well underway with the aim to fulfil the objectives of Aspiration 1 of Agenda 2063 and SDG Target 4.

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