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Technology and internet connectivity can be incredibly powerful tools in enabling solutions around the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Connectivity facilitates education, commerce, entrepreneurship, access to information and is revolutionising areas like agriculture, energy, healthcare and many others.
Join us for our 13th Zurich Impact for Breakfast gathering to explore in an interactive session how technology and connectivity can transform marginalised communities. The session will be led by Daniel Rostrup and Erik Childerhouse from Avanti Communications.
Date: Wednesday, 17th October 2018
Time: 9-11am (CEST)
Venue: Impact Hub Zurich, room “Loft Corner”
Avanti Communications connects the unconnected by providing high speed internet connectivity to the most rural and marginalised communities in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Europe to address the needs of those who would otherwise be left behind. They partner with national governments and the likes of DFID, USAID and the World Bank to launch digitally connected solutions delivering the SDGs.
Avanti runs East Africa’s largest Education Technology (EdTech) initiative, helping over 300,000 students gain access to a quality connected education. Through the iMlango (Kenya) and iKnowledge (Tanzania) programmes, over 500 schools in rural and marginalised communities have been connected to the internet and provided with computers and software specifically designed to increases students’ maths, literacy and life skills. The programme has a particular gender focus to ensure that girls don’t fall behind and teachers are trained in how to use ICT as part of the education curriculum.
In this interactive session we’ll use Avanti’s existing work in education as a model to explore how technology can be leveraged to catalyse other SDGs such as innovations in health, livelihoods, agriculture, refugee communities, etc.
About the speakers:
Daniel Rostrup brings over a decade of experience in social entrepreneurship, corporate philanthropy and social investment. At Thomson Reuters Foundation he led the design and launch of the innovative TrustLaw programme, the world’s largest free legal service designed specifically for charities and social enterprises.
At the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) he led the expansion of services for its 250+ members and launched the EVPA Corporate Initiative as well as the UK Venture Philanthropy Steering Group, bringing together top venture philanthropy (VP) and social investment (SI) organisations in order to drive forward the VP/SI market.
Daniel also has experience in the US and UK working directly with social enterprises to scale their ventures.
Currently at Avanti Communications, Daniel’s remit includes expanding their connected Education Technology initiatives as well as finding new ways that internet connectivity can benefit the most rural and marginalised communities in Africa and the Middle East.
Erik Childerhouse delivers applied technology projects aligned to the UN's SDGs to the most marginalised areas of the world in Education, eHealth, FinTech and Agri-technology . He is most proud of ECO, a ground-breaking initiative to get Every Child (and Community) Online in Africa in a sustainable way.
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