About The Event #AfricaInnovates


African entrepreneurship and research capacity is expanding in game-changing ways. The continent is undergoing a profound economic, demographic, and epidemiological transition, catalyzing a new era of science-led development. And the pipeline of high-impact, cost-effective African innovation for health across the value chain has the potential to make an enormous impact on global health. In recognition, PATH, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, LeapFrog Investments, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), and Wellcome Trust will convene African and international leaders from across sectors for a series of highly interactive discussions on how to leverage transformational opportunities in African innovation for global health. This event will take place alongside the World Economic Forum Africa annual meeting.

Our aim is for the event to explore a number of the key cross-cutting constraints and opportunities to innovation and offer concrete ways for participants to engage in existing African-led innovation initiatives to end poverty, improve health outcomes, and spur economic growth across the African continent.

Our objectives:

  1. Showcase the capacity, energy, and creativity that are changing the game for innovation for health in Africa, shining examples of impact, and how each sector can engage going forward.
  2. Strengthen government and private sector commitment to increase investments and implement policies to promote an Africa-led health innovation agenda.
  3. Engage leaders who have not traditionally participated in health or research and development to identify opportunities for collaboration and incentivize new investment in innovation and market development.
  4. Increase awareness of the links between innovation and efforts to end poverty by 2030.

What is the Innovation Effect?

The Innovation Effect happens when unique partnerships, creative technologies, transformed systems, and data-driven insights combine—in often unexpected ways—to create dramatic improvements in the health and well-being of people around the world. With innovation at the center of global health, we can disrupt the pace of change, transform lives faster and make what was once thought impossible, possible. We can make 1 + 1 equal 3. When policy drives innovation, the result is visionary, sustainable change. We can disrupt the cycle of poverty and poor health. We can empower women to take charge of their own health, keep girls in classrooms, end epidemics, and eliminate age-old killers. Eliminating diseases and ending poverty are audacious goals, but we know that with innovation it is possible to change lives for the better, thousands at a time. Given this powerful potential and the deep well of creativity, resources, and entrepreneurship in Africa, what are we waiting for?