5 Innovations Making A Social Impact In Africa

The Social Impact In Africa Award celebrates innovations which are making a real social difference in Africa using technology – Maria Ukpere.


What3Words aspires to Address the world by providing a really simple way to talk about location. They have divided the world into a grid of 3m x 3m squares and assigned each one a unique 3-word address. It means anyone can accurately find any location and share it more quickly, easily and with less ambiguity than any other system. The service can be used via the free mobile app or online map. It can also be built into any other app, platform or website, with just a few lines of code.


Flare is an initiative that is increasing access to emergency transport in Kenya and enabling ambulance owners to inform hospitals ahead of time that a patient is en-route. Flare is designed with and for emergency response professionals, it’s built to address the goals and concerns of your emergency response team, they provide software infrastructure and operational support for emergency response teams, both government and private.

Vodacom e-School

Vodacom e-school enables you to learn anywhere – on your smartphone, tablet or desktop computer with easy to follow video lessons developed by expert teachers for grades R-12. You can also study at your own pace, rewind and pause video lessons and at the end of it you can revise and evaluate with homework questions after video lessons, interactive quizzes and earn badges and earn badges and certificates for quizzes.


WeFarm is the world’s largest farmer-to-farmer digital network. Farmers can gain tips from each other without leaving the farm, spending any money or having access to the internet so it’s basically connecting farmers to vital information through each other. Farmer’s questions are instantly posted online and sent to selected members of the WeFarm community via SMS and through that, they receive useful information in minutes.


Medsaf is a platform for African health institutions to get quality medication, they solve the problem of people being exposed to fake and substandard medication. Medsaf is making the process of buying and selling medication in Nigeria’s complex health system easy and efficient. They get medications directly from leading local and foreign manufacturers, eliminating issues relating to quality control and ensuring fair pricing, and deliver these medications to hospitals, pharmacies, and clinics all over the country saving hospitals time and stress. They also provide our customers with an inventory management system that allows them to see real-time stock levels for their medications, receive order reminders and alerts, and access historical sales data for forecasting.

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