Hosted and organized by Hivos, African Crossroads is a community of future-oriented African thinkers and doers. They meet throughout the year to reflect critically on the most cutting-edge developments anchored in African intellectual and technological traditions.
Why creatives and the tech community are important
Imaginative expression has been necessary to find solutions to some of the most pressing problems facing human, social and urban growth and development. Now, a new breed of change makers, specifically from the creative and design space, is offering solutions to today’s challenges. This is important. Because research from agencies such as UNESCO shows that creativity, innovation and culture are drivers of socio-economic development. Creatives not only boost economic growth, but spark new ideas for improving present and future societies.
How African Crossroads contributes to sustainable development
In 2018 and 2019, African Crossroads held cross-continental gatherings for African artists, entrepreneurs, computer scientists, designers, researchers, and philosophers. Here they exchanged knowledge, debated on subjects that enrich Africa’s development agenda, and proposed solutions to specific problems. The events featured design exhibitions, workshops, art installations, brainstorming sessions and public discussions about the latest inventions and innovations in science, art, and technology. In 2020, this community of about 250 delegates moved to the virtual sphere, where they have met more regularly, continued their discussions and taken collective action.
The event takes place in different locations across Africa and invites participants from every corner of the continent. In 2020, most of the activities have been online, and a hybrid format was designed for the last Online Gathering of the year in December. All activities will remain online and hybrid until the Covid-19 situation allows larger offline gatherings again.