The President of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio, has announced the creation of an Innovation in Government Incubator that will digitise public services and apply data-driven solutions to government.
The initiative will fall under the recently formed Directorate of Science, Technology and Innovation (DSTI), which will work with local start-ups, private, public and academic organisations to collaborate on projects that will help citizens access government services and information more efficiently. It will also provide an opportunity for young people to participate, innovate and solve challenges in their local communities.
“It’s a unique initiative that will bring together the private sector, academia and government agencies,” said David Sengeh, Chief Innovation Officer for Sierra Leone.
“Partners will share data, build models, develop hypotheses and test pilot projects to inform government investments in human capital. For example, a collaboration between Statistics Sierra Leone and a local start-up through the incubator will develop a product that maps the availability of government services in the country. The opportunities are endless, Sierra Leoneans will feel the increased benefits of innovation in their lives.”