Posted on December 12, 2015
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Placing Technology in the hands of the rural government
What is Public Administration?
Public administration should be carried out with public interest. The public interest ranges from education, health, development, construction, productivity, and many more, and allow accommodations for gender, racial diversity, economic status, cultural values, religious beliefs and other classification of the people of the community. Developing public policy in rural Africa should be a holistic and careful consideration of the wants and needs of the people, and the challenges expected for generations to come. Local, national and global levels should be guidelines for this consideration.
Why Rural Africa?
“Rural poverty in many areas of Africa has its roots in the colonial system and the policy and institutional restraints that it imposed on poor people. In recent decades, economic policies and institutional structures have been modified to close the income gap. Structural adjustments have dismantled existing rural systems, but have not always built new ones. In many transitional economies, the rural situation is marked by continuing stagnation, poor production, low incomes and the rising vulnerability of poor people. Lack of access to markets is a problem for many small-scale enterprises in Africa. The rural population is poorly organized and often isolated, beyond the reach of social safety nets and poverty programmes. Increasingly, government policies and investments in poverty reduction tend to favour urban over rural areas.” – Rural Poverty Portal
In a fast moving world such as the one we live in, everything is a service – and it needs to be faster and better! Innovative tools and software is what will help to boost productivity and push Africa to the next level. Innovation through technology does not come about without collaboration, and having a group of people working on ways to improve rural Africa not only brings about unity, but also caters to the diversity of people that public administration should cater to as mentioned above. In the past, across the globe, technology has been the foundation of several projects from such as recycling, imports and exports, transportation, water irrigation, finance, education and more.
Why Lead One Africa?
In order to push for concrete policies that keep the community in mind and with a focus on rural areas, we believe it begins with the education and leadership of the African people. Once our own are equipped with the necessary tools to make an impact, the possibilities of a better future for the generations to come increasingly become realities! Through educational conventions, technology conferences and leadership summits, such as Ghana Tec 2016 and Leadership Summit 2016, that focus on the One Vision of Africa, it’s expected that the mentality of Africans will change and we will begin to invest in our own future.
With this is mind, our plans for innovation include:
- Develop local funds for public administration projects
- Create forums for discussion on technology and public policy
- Contribute to the development and design of tools and software to improve public administration
- Facilitate training on technology and innovation
- Create a space to actively collaborate on ideas
- Identify persons and organizations that carry out the work that needs to be done to improve public administration in rural Africa.
“If you want to move people, it has to be toward a vision that’s positive for them, that taps important values, that gets them something they desire, and it has to be presented in a compelling way that they feel inspired to follow”. (Martin Luther King Jr.)