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Penplusbytes’ Executive Director Speaks at 12th ICT4D Conference in Accra

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The Executive Director of Penplusbytes, Mr. Jerry Sam, will be speaking at the 12th Information Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) Conference scheduled to take place in Accra, Ghana from 19th to 20th March, 2024.

This year’s highly anticipated gathering will attract a diverse audience of around 700 technical advisors and senior executives from public, private, and civil society organizations from across the humanitarian and international development communities to discuss how development programs can achieve excellence in their reach and effectiveness through the application of digital innovations.

Mr. Sam will contribute to a series of high-level panel discussions which will include speaking at a breakout session on Day 2 on the topic, “How to Attract Private Sector Investment for African Technology Companies.” This discussion will delve into the nuances of reshaping the discourse around investment disparities and returns, identifying the donors influencing venture capital funding and explore what changes or reforms can be made to unlock the potential of impact investment capital. He is also expected to speak at the launch of the new the

With over two decades of existence, Penplusbytes has been at the forefront of using new digital technologies to enable good governance and accountability, new media and innovations, climate and well-being, and enhanced oversight for effective utilization of mining, oil, and gas revenue and resources.

According to Mr. Sam, “Africa now boasts of a youthful population, and this, coupled with ICTs being at the heart of the digital revolution in Africa, will make the 12th ICT4D Conference a perfect opportunity for thought leaders in the digital field to share their approaches on how they are contributing to closing digital divides.” 

“I look forward to sharing some of the best approaches and opportunities from the civil society sector towards building a more digitally resilient society,” he added.

The ICT4D Conference was established in 2010 by the Catholic Relief Services, and it aims to advance global knowledge exchange and build capacity on ICT4D and digital development to drive more impactful use of technology for good.

Ghana is hosting the conference for the second time, following its previous hosting in 2013. Recent conferences have been held in Uganda (2019), Zambia (2018), India (2017), and Kenya (2016).