The tech sector in Africa is receiving more grants than ever, to support and grow the not so popular industry. This is helping and will help countries like Sierra Leone which has been seriously affected by several years of civil war, and worse still the Ebola crisis. With the several opportunities emerging to support tech initiatives it’s great that the country is not getting left out. Sensi Tech Hub has received a grant of £366, 100 to help improve the community and finance business projects of community members.
The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme, run by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, in partnership with Comic Relief and The Royal Commonwealth Society, has provided Indigo Trust with a grant of £366, 100 over 27 months to the Fund for Technology Innovation Hubs in Sub-Saharan Africa to address some of these issues.
The Indigo Trust is a UK based grant-making foundation that funds technology-driven projects to bring about social change, largely in African countries. The Trust’s principal areas of interest lie in transparency, accountability, and citizen empowerment.
Aside from a £10,000 annual management grant, the full grant will be re-granted to Sensi Tech Hub in Freetown, Sierra Leone. With this grant, the Hub will be able to provide support to its community members, as well as support their innovations and business developments.
Through this, community members can also organize events which will bring the sector closer. Moreover, they can provide training, mentorship, computers and internet to the community members.
This grant will go a long way to encourage many youths and curb the unemployment rate in Sierra Leone.
They will also provide larger grants to social enterprises which focus on improving youth employment, supporting entrepreneurs or providing access to (business and entrepreneurship) skills training.
It is hoped that through working closely with these groups, Sensi will play a lead role in bringing together some of the key groups supporting youth employment in Sierra Leone so that together they can have a more coordinated approach to addressing the issue.