The leapfrog effect in Africa…

The leapfrog effect in Africa…

It is said that necessity is the mother of invention, and building a people-centred smart city from the ground up, driven by the needs and innovations of its citizens is far more empowering and sustainable than attempting to engineer smart citizens from the top down – particularly in areas where people have been previous under-serviced by technology. In their report on Re-thinking smart cities from the ground up, Nesta – The innovation foundation, states: “Urbanisation has been viewed as a panacea for development by many emerging economies. However, if the ultimate goal of cities is to ensure sustainable growth and make citizens happy and fulfilled, they have to adopt and develop tools that tap into the skills and knowledge of citizens. To do this we need to redefine smart cities as people–centred smart cities, or ‘smart cities 2.0.’”