Ensuring security, privacy, and equity

CyLab-Africa Summit on Digital Public Goods

October 10-11, 2022
Carnegie Mellon University Africa
Kigali, Rwanda

The CyLab-Africa Summit on Digital Public Goods will explore how DPGs can be used to accelerate the digital transformation of Africa securely, privately, and equitably. It will bring together stakeholders from across Africa and beyond, including government regulatory authorities, national central banks, telecommunications providers, healthcare providers, financial services companies, NGOs, and academia.

Join us for this invitation-only summit to help shape the future of digital public goods.  

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About

Digital public goods (DPGs) are an important tool for helping to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly in low- and middle-income countries. The Digital Public Goods Alliance (DPGA) defines digital public goods as “open-source software, open data, open AI models, open standards, and open content that adhere to privacy and other applicable laws and best practices, do no harm by design, and help attain the Sustainable Development Goals.” As of July 2022, there are 116 digital solutions that have been evaluated against the DPGA standards and have been classified as DPGs. There are an additional 103 solutions that have been nominated as DPGs. These solutions span the entire spectrum of SDGs and are expected to play a major role in the digital transformation of low and medium-income countries.

However, despite the promise and significance of DPGs, there is little global coordination or consensus about how to design the technical building blocks of digital public goods and how they should interact with each other. With different projects addressing different problems and being developed independently, there is no guarantee that they will integrate well together in a cohesive ecosystem, or that they will satisfy basic quality standards. This lack of systematic oversight and coordination can substantially undermine the global value of DPGs, particularly in terms of their security, privacy, and fairness.

The CyLab-Africa Summit on Digital Public Goods will bring together stakeholders from across Africa, including government regulatory authorities, national central banks, telecommunications providers, healthcare providers, financial services companies, NGOs, and academia. The summit will explore how technology in general, and DPGs in particular, can be used to accelerate digital transformation securely, privately, and equitably. This summit will be held at the CMU-Africa campus in Kigali, Rwanda from October 10-11, 2022.

Schedule

Day 1: October 10, 2022

  • 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. - Registration and Coffee
  • 9:00 - 9:05 a.m. - Welcome to CyLab-Africa
  • 9:05 - 09:15 a.m. - Opening Remarks

Session 1: Security, Privacy, Fairness, and Sustainability of DPGs

  • 9:15 - 9:20 a.m. - Welcome to Session 1: Security, Privacy, Fairness, and Sustainability of DPGs
  • 9:20 - 9:50 a.m. - Keynote
  • 9:50 - 10:30 a.m. - Panel: Building secure and private digital public goods and digital public infrastructure
  • Break
  • 10:45 - 11:10 a.m. - Lightning Talks
  • 11:10 - 11:50 a.m. - Panel: Data sovereignty and the impact of data collection and data sharing in Africa
  • 11:51 - 12:15 a.m. - Lightning talks
  • 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. - Lunch
  • 1:15 - 2 p.m. - Demo and Poster Session

Session 2: Financial Inclusion

  • 2:10 - 2:15 p.m. - Welcome to Session 2
  • 2:15 - 2:45 p.m. - Keynote: UPI: A possible Sovereign Real-Time Payment Solution for the World Large-scale financial inclusion through interoperability: Lessons learned from the Unified Payment Interface
    • Speaker: Nehal Shah, In-charge – Business Development, MENA region, National Payments Corporation of India
  • 2:45 - 3:25 p.m. - Panel: The role of digital identity platforms in digital financial inclusion
  • 3:25 - 3:40 p.m. - Break
  • 3:40 - 4:05 p.m. - Lightning Talks
  • 4:05 - 4:45 p.m. - Panel: The future of financial interoperability
  • 4:50 - 5:15 p.m. - Lightning Talks

Day 2: October 11, 2022

Session 3: Healthcare

  • 9:10 - 9:15 a.m. - Welcome to Session 3: Healthcare
  • 9:15 - 9:50 a.m. - Keynote: Designing healthcare technologies with societal impact
    • Speaker: Kyeng Mercy Tetuh, Event-Based Surveillance and Health Information Exchange program Coordinator, Africa CDC
  • 9:50 - 10:30 a.m. - Panel: Overcoming the Scaling and Integration Challenges of Healthcare DPGs
  • 10:30 - 10:45 a.m. - Break
  • 10:45 - 11:10 a.m. - Lightning Talks
  • 11:10 - 11:50 a.m. - Panel: Healthcare DPG Deployment and Security: Hosting locally or in the cloud?
  • 11:51 - 12:15 p.m. - Lightning Talks
  • 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. - Lunch
  • 1:15 - 2 p.m. - Demo and Poster Session

Session 4: Agriculture

  • 2:10 - 2:15 - Welcome to Session 4: Agriculture
  • 2:15 - 2:45 p.m. - Keynote: Incentives and roles across the agricultural data exchange ecosystem to enable farmer-level impact
    • Speaker: Vineet Singh, Senior Platform Architect, Digital Green
  • 2:45 - 3:25 p.m. - Panel: Scaling up digital agriculture in Africa
  • 3:25 - 3:40 p.m. - Break
  • 3:40 - 4:05 p.m. - Lightning Talks: Building digital solutions with the community and for the community
  • 4:05 - 4:45 p.m. - Panel: Boosting resilient agriculture and data-driven practices
  • 4:50 - 5:15 p.m. - Lightning Talks
  • 5:15 - 5:20 - Closing Remarks

Keynote speakers

  • Nehal Shah headshot

    Nehal Shah

    In-charge – Business Development, MENA region, NCPI

  • Vineet Singh headshot

    Vineet Singh

    Architect, Digital Green

  • Kyeng Mercy Tetuh headshot

    Kyeng Mercy Tetuh

    Event-Based Surveillance and Health Information Exchange program Coordinator, Africa CDC

Speakers

  • Joseph Abakunda headshot

    Joseph Abakunda

    Chief Strategy Officer, Rwanda Space Agency

  • Sello Boshomane headshot

    Sello Boshomane

    SADC Payment Systems Projects Coordinator, SADC Banking Association

  • Lenah Chacha headshot

    Lenah Chacha

    Project Manager, Carnegie Mellon University Africa

  • Wallace Chigona headshot

    Wallace Chigona

    Professor, School of IT, University of Cape Town

  • Priyadarshini headshot

    Priyadarshini D

    Associate Fellow, Carnegie India's Technology and Society Program

  • Austun Demby headshot

    Austin Demby

    Minister of Health, Sierra Leone

  • Richard Ferguson headshot

    Richard Ferguson

    Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs, Research and Extension, RICA

  • Sorie Fafana headshot

    Sorie Fofana

    Chairman, Sierra Leone National Civil Registration Authority

  • Maha Gmira headshot

    Maha Gmira

    Professor, Digital Engineering and Artificial Intelligence School, Euromed University of Fez

  • Nathaniel Houston-Suluku headshot

    Nathaniel Houston-Suluku

    Health Management Information System Consultant, UNICEF-Sierra Leone

  • Fatmata Jalloh headshot

    Fatmata Jalloh

    Partner, Twenty Forty Industry and Business Associates

  • Concorde Kananura headshot

    Concorde Kananura

    GovStack Regional Coordinator for Africa

  • KarefaKargbo headshot

    Karefa Kargbo

    CEO, Sentinel Telecom

  • Pradipta Kundu headshot

    Pradipta Kundu

    Director, eGov

  • Edith Luhanga headshot

    Edith Luhanga

    Assistant Research Professor, Carnegie Mellon University Africa

  • Michael Mbuthia headshot

    Michael Mbuthia

    Regional Director, East Africa, AfricaNenda

  • Ouanilo Medegan Fagla headshot

    Ouanilo Medegan Fagla

    Director General, National Agency for the Security of Information Systems, Bénin

  • Fiacre Niyigena headshot

    Fiacre Mushimire Niyigena

    Policy Lead, CENFRI

  • Himanshu headshot

    Himanshu Nagpal

    Deputy Director, Digital Health, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  • Ramesh Narayanan headshot

    Ramesh Narayanan

    CTO, MOSIP

  • Jacki O'Neill headshot

    Jacki O'Neill

    Microsoft Africa Research Institute (MARI) Director

  • Melissa Omino headshot

    Melissa Omino

    Acting Director, CIPIT Strathmore University

  • Dawit Philipos headshot

    Dawit Phillipos

    Senior Director of Operations, Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Institute

  • Ian Putter headshot

    Ian Putter

    Head Blockchain Centre of Excellence for Standard Bank, Regional Director Blockchain Research Institute Africa, Board Member Hedera

  • Golo Rademacher headshot

    Golo Rademacher

    FAIR Forward

  • Gautham headshot

    Gautham Ravichander

    Director, eGov

  • Johan Ivar Saebo headshot

    Johan Ivar Sæbø

    Associate Professor, Department of Informatics, University of Oslo

  • Fahd Salek headshot

    Fahd Salek

    Strategic Projects Unit Manager at Agence de Développement du Digital (ADD)

  • Kuassi Ayikue Satchivi headshot

    Kuassi Ayikué Satchivi

    Head of Digital Development Unit, Financial Inclusion Division, Central Bank of West Africa

  • Kanwaljit Singh headshot

    Kanwaljit Singh

    Senior Program Officer, Financial Services for the Poor, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  • Karen Sowon headshot

    Karen Sowon

    Postdoctoral Research Associate, Carnegie Mellon University Africa

  • Ibrahim Stevens headshot

    Ibrahim Stevens

    Deputy Bank Governor, Sierra Leone

  • Phidelis Suwedi headshot

    Phidelis Suwedi

    Senior Technical Advisor, Digital Health, Clinton Health Access Initiative

  • Mitul Thapliyal headshot

    Mitul Thapliyal

    Partner-Government and Social Impact, MicroSave

  • Evan Wheeler headshot

    Evan Wheeler

    ICT Manager, Field Solutions, UNICEF

  • Yodahe headshot

    Yodahe Zemichael

    Executive Director, National ID Program, Ethiopia

Organizers

  • Giulia Fanti headshot

    Giulia Fanti

    Co-Director of CyLab-Africa, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University

  • Assane Gueye headshot

    Assane Gueye

    Co-Director of CyLab-Africa, Associate Teaching Professor at CMU-Africa

  • Conrad Tucker headshot

    Conrad Tucker

    Arthur Hamerschlag Career Development Professor, Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University

  • Isabelle Glassmith headshot

    Isabelle Glassmith

    Project Manager, Partnerships, CyLab

  • Olive Uwimana headshot

    Olive Uwimana

    Administrative Support Coordinator, CMU-Africa

  • Marie-Ange Rukundo headshot

    Marie-Ange Rukundo

    Events Manager, CMU-Africa

  • Michael Lisanti headshot

    Michael Lisanti

    Director of Partnerships, CyLab

  • Karen Sowon headshot

    Karen Sowon

    Postdoctoral Research Associate, CMU-Africa

  • Edith Luhanga headshot

    Edith Luhanga

    Assistant Research Professor, CMU-Africa

  • Tim Brown headshot

    Tim Brown

    Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy
    Director of Research, CMU-Africa

  • Monica Sumbi headshot

    Monica Sumbi

    Associate Director of Marketing and Communications, CMU-Africa

  • Lenah Chacha headshot

    Lenah Chacha

    Project Manager, Carnegie Mellon University Africa

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CyLab-Africa is supported by a seed grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The CyLab-Africa team is interested in working with other organizations and institutions to improve the security and privacy of digital systems in Africa and other developing economies.