Cross Country Knowledge Sharing of Developmental Technologies

Knowledge sharing has become a fundamental foundation off of which ideas stem from to leapfrog speedily in a certain domain without starting from scratch. This applies to all sectors ranging from the government, private sector and cutting across countries and continents. The 21st century is an information economy yet a large part of it is still untapped.

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A typical  example is the immense work that is developing in the African continent.So much is  happening in most African countries but a lot of this  knowledge that makes the different African countries tick in their won way, is still  in silos. The utilization capacity across the continent then amounts to waste especially when such great ideas are not replicated across the continent as needed. Take the case of technologies  like Mobile money. It  has been the most successful infrastructure and technology that the continent has had for a long time and yet not all countries in the continent have been been able to  benefit from its existence. However, there are several factors to this impediment.These issues/factors have stifled  the whole process of ensuring that it is included in all African cities in the continent. This issues range from Mobile network operators not willing to share their data to other Mobile network operators, Policy issues with the different African countries . Lack of enough required skills  to further learn and implement the desired technology in different countries and several other challenges and  changes required . The big question then is , how can we  implement technologies like mobile money in other African countries  that haven’t yet benefited from this wave and how could we  ensure that the rest of the population is financially included in the spectrum?

Policy change in itself requires a big shift of the mind on the part of the policy makers as well as the adopters of these technologies. It is therefore fundamental  during the evaluation process, that policy makers evaluate their strategies against what is in it for the public and the value added in the whole, value chain. Otherwise there could end up being a disconnect between  what  the public  needs to have to improve their quality of life vis a vis   just a hype policy change for the sake of fulfilling a work task.

In addition, it would be a huge step forward if these analysis  and evaluations  for  these policy changes would  have  the public opinion included in the process. This would bring a sense of ownership within the public and hence possibly embracing the  change that is being brought to them.

Besides countries having their own policies on how to go around these technological changes, it  would be fundamental if there was a cross country sharing within African countries  to facilitate  having standards that could cut across all  these countries. This would promote:

  1. Easy access for and a pool of expertise  from all these African countries solving the same problem familiar problem.
  2. Not having the need to import expertise from outside the continent where millions would be spent and repatriated back to the countries where this expertise is hired from.
  3. Promoting intra-Africa trade besides sharing the expertise. This is due to the fact that once one area is successfully implemented, the other area somehow picks up eventually albeit in an organic way.
  4. Trust between these countries
  5. Overall economic development which could translate to improved living standards to the people.

There are several other benefits that could come from all these collaborations. Once this is seen as a pedestal for the installations of various technologies, there could possibly be a funnel  of  technological advancement achieved within the African continent.