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“Dev-Techs”: Accelerating digital economy in the post-COVID-19 era

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Aisha MohammedElhassan Hamid is the winner of the 2021 Blog4Dev competition for Sudan. This is one of 38 winning blogs from the 2021 Blog4Dev competition, the World Bank Africa annual writing contest, inviting young people to weigh in on a topic critical to their country’s economic development. Blog4Dev winners responded to the question: How can young people work with their governments and civil society organizations to respond to the impact of COVID-19 and build a stronger post-pandemic economic and social system?

Technology is the heart of the post-COVID-19 era; it keeps people connected to each other and to opportunities despite the social distance hurdle imposed by COVID-19 (coronavirus). Opportunities created by technology within the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector are far less than opportunities enabled by technology and issues solved by it in other sectors, including finance, agriculture, education, healthcare, energy, industry, and commerce.

“Dev-Techs” are startups formed by youth, incubated by practitioners, and financially supported by government and civil society organizations. The goal of “Dev-Techs” is to integrate technology in all sectors to support sustainable development and achieve economic growth, diversification, and resilience . The Africa’s private sector accounts for over four-fifths of total production, two-thirds of total […]

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