EXCEED Team in Berlin

As a new member of the "Strategische Partnerschaft Digitales Afrika" (SPDA), we attended their 2nd annual meeting at the German Ministry for Economic Cooperatioan and Development on 9th April. In his opening address,  Norbert Barthle, Parliamentary State Secretary to the German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) mentioned the aims of the Strategic Partnership: "to combine business potential and development policy objectives" by bringing together strong partners. The network has grown to a membership of about 180 private German and European companies of which more than 100 attended the full-day meeting. Within the past 2 years, more than 20 projects were started and 30 are in the pipeline, some of which aim to improve livelihoods on a big scale. The network facilitates digital focussed investments in Africa as well as in Germany for African entrepreneurs. The day's agenda was packed with reports from projects, pitches from African entrepreneurs and break-out sessions to brainstorm topics such as creating employment through digitalisation, fostering cooperation between European and African companies, and using digital technologies for accountability, de-centralisation and generation of business opportunities. Breaks were used for networking and enjoyment of excellent hospitality.