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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Creative Solutions for Social Innovation: A View from Africa

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Session Description

Join us for a dynamic conversation with Alloysius Attah of Farmerline (Ghana), Tonee Ndungu of Kytabu (Kenya) and Gerald Abila of BarefootLaw (Uganda). These three young and talented tech entrepreneurs developed creative solutions to improve the lives of local communities in various parts of Africa, through access to knowledge and information in the fields of agriculture, education and the rule of law. Moderated by Dr. Peter Piot, Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Dr. Precious Lunga, CEO and Co-Founder of Baobab Circle.


8:00am – 8:30am: Networking with light refreshments
8:30am – 9:30am: Panel discussion


Speakers include:

Gerald Abila, Founder & Executive Director of BarefootLaw(Uganda)

In Uganda, millions do not have access to proper legal services, as the vast majority of licensed lawyers are based in Kampala. BarefootLaw, East Africa’s first online legal service, changes this narrative by providing free legal advice and support to those who need it most, enabling them to understand and defend their basic rights.

Alloysius Attah, Co-Founder & CEO of Farmerline (Ghana)

Smallholder farmers are the backbone of African economies. Working across West Africa, Farmerline provides 200,000 farmers with access to weather forecasts, market information and farming techniques – all of this through text and voice messages in local languages. Platform users have seen their revenue grow by 50%.

Tonee Ndungu, Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Kytabu (Kenya)

The lack of textbooks is one of the main challenges facing Africa’s education systems. In an effort to democratize the sector, Kytabu made the entire Kenyan educational curriculum accessible online. Its innovative app now provides 11 million students in Kenya with a low-cost solution to access the textbooks of their choice.

The event will be moderated by Professor Peter Piot, Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Dr. Precious Lunga, CEO and co-founder of Baobab Circle.

Watch a brief preview of the work of the social entrepreneurs.


08:00 am - 09:30 am Wednesday, April 11


Vaults & Garden Cafe (Clore Old Library and Vaults Cafe)
University Church, High Street, Oxford, OX1 4JB, United Kingdom


King Baudouin Foundation United States