It is certain we all witness the overall paradox of the current state of development - a glaring and persistent gap between existing potential and resources (technological, financial, intellectual), on the one hand-and the reality on the ground, on the other.
Indeed, technological solutions now exist for most development problems - from increasing crop yields to renewable sources of energy to treatment of most diseases - and yet, poverty, hunger, disease and inequity persist.
Similarly, in ICT for development area technology has matured to the extent when “there is an app” for most development challenges and needs. The basic guidelines for making effective use of ICT have been mostly defined based on accumulated experience both positive and negative. And yet, can we really say that we have actually harnessed the potential of ICT for promoting development and reaching the SDGs?
InnovationBed Africa in Nigeria, through Programos Foundation, is working with UN ICT4SIDS to upskill the youth so as to close the gaps in Nigeria for promoting local development and reaching the SDGs.