Peace needs the right tools

The Peace Innovation Foundation is an independent non-profit organisation dedicated to fostering peace, stability and prosperity in developing regions of the world through the promotion of innovation and technology, focusing on education, entrepreneurship, opportunity, security, and sustainable development.

We are the innovation partner of international organisations, forming technology alliances to catalyse technology and innovation enabling lasting social impact and triggering change.

Responding to COVID-19 in the Developing World

A global pandemic of these proportions merits a global response—and indeed, by the beginning of April, approximately a third of the world’s population was under some form of lockdown as governments across the world scrambled to contain the spread of the virus. 

Could the coronavirus claim some 3 million lives across Africa? That was the stark prediction, under a hypothetical scenario without measures to stop SARS-CoV-2 spreading, in a research paper published by scientists at Imperial College London last month.

The researchers had used a computer model to estimate the potential toll of the virus and the resulting respiratory illness COVID-19. The aim of the paper was to predict what might happen if the virus spread unchecked — and how many lives could be saved by measures to rein it in.

At a virtual press conference, DW asked Dr. John Nkengasong, the person in charge of Africa’s response to the coronavirus, what he thought of their prognosis.

“The worst-case scenario is where nothing is done and a continent of 1.3 billion is infected,” the director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control said. “But something is being done.”

Almost all African states have closed their borders and brought in social distancing measures, closing educational institutions and banning mass gatherings to slow the transmission of the coronavirus from person to person. By April 19, the Africa CDC reported that 34 countries had gone further and brought in night-time curfews or partial lockdowns, while 21 had implemented national lockdowns restricting nonessential movement across the whole country. 11 had brought in rules requiring people to wear face masks in public.

Lockdowns have come at a heavy price, with a high proportion of citizens dependent on subsistence income and governments less able to give cash handouts than those in the global North. Cases of brutality as police enforce the measures are on the rise, and aid agencies have warned that the measures are pushing many millions into severe hunger.

Read more: Severe hunger threatens Africa during lockdowns

What We Do

Address Problems

We work on solving some of the most pressing challenges in peacekeeping, humanitarian relief and disaster response.

Practical Solutions

We form innovation alliances that develop practical solutions to be deployed in direct support of peacekeepers, aid workers, and affected communities.

Social Impact

We foster social-impact entrepreneurship, idea incubation, and projects,  partnering with other organizations.

 

Young Talents

We support young talents to become the force of change. These future tech leaders, innovators, and influencers will shape our future.

Who We Are

We Are Different

We strongly believe that innovation needs to be inclusive, overcome welfare, and create opportunities.

Our initiatives will protect humanitarian workers and peacekeepers, empower them and enable the implementation of their causes and mandates more effectively and efficiently.

With our innovation projects, we address the challenges specific to their local contexts and communities.  This is what makes them so successful.

We Are Practical

We are the innovation partner of international organisations such as the United Nations, forming project alliances and moving innovative ideas to reality.

We develop and support projects that are solution-driven, combining technology, research, and entrepreneurship, that address the real needs of humanitarian efforts, improves community resilience, and push for impact and real results.

We Are A Community

We are a recognised charitable non-profit organisation, a community of committed partners and individuals,.

We are committed to fostering peace, stability and prosperity in underdeveloped regions of the world through promoting innovation, technology, focusing on education, entrepreneurship,  social impact, security, and sustained development.

You Can Make A Difference

Donating to the Peace Innovation Foundation means protection for humanitarian workers and peacekeepers. Health and hope in areas that were once ravaged by diseases like Ebola. Economic development, education and new opportunities.

Our Values

We use the United Nations’ global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a lens through which to view our impact in the world. 

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