By Deogratias Mmana
German development agency, GIZ, has launched a project called Make-IT in Africa to empower Malawian innovation ecosystems.
GIZ Make-IT in Africa junior technical adviser Gerold Dreyer said on Tuesday evening that the project was also launched in some countries in Africa.
“Make-IT in Africa believes in the catalytic power of African innovation and digital technologies for green and inclusive development. In close collaboration with digital visionaries like start-ups, innovation enablers and political partners, we empower African innovation ecosystems.
“Together, we aim to strengthen an environment in which the full potential of African digital innovation can unfold,” Dreyer said.
In Malawi, the project will be implemented by Mzuzu E-hub.
The launch was followed by the opening of a weeklong MalawiUP! Startup Connect week aimed to bring together local and national innovation enablers and digital visionaries in Malawi to stimulate closer collaboration to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the country.
Mzuzu E-Hub Communication and Engagement Manager Litness Chaima said the goal of the week-long ‘hub collab’ is to bring together stakeholders and reduce fragmentation in the innovation ecosystem.
“We are providing a week of networking events, discussion formats, and workshops to identify solutions to joint problems. We also want to foster mutual learning, building bridges and enhancing collaboration between stakeholders in the Malawi innovation ecosystem,” Chaima said.
She added that the hub will bring together Innovation hub managers and support entities to enhance synergies and collaboration towards developing a sustainable innovation ecosystem in Malawi through facilitated group conversations, inspirational storytelling and one-on-one sessions.