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Leveraging ICTs & Innovative Financing for Education and Economic Development: Lessons from Intel in Africa

Leveraging ICTs & Innovative Financing
for Education and Economic Development:
Lessons from Intel in Africa

Thursday, February 9, 2017 | 12:30 – 2:00pm
The World Bank J building, Room J6-050, Washington, DC


John Galvin, Vice President and General Manager, Government and Education, Intel

Aissatou Sow, Business Development Manager, West Africa, Intel  

Atou Seck, Country Representative, Djibouti, The World Bank Group 


Michael Trucano,  Senior Education & Technology Policy Specialist,  Innovations in Education Global Lead,  The World Bank Group


Lynne Sherburne-Benz, Senior Regional Adviser to the Vice President, AFRVP, The World Bank Group


What strategies are being employed by governments to achieve economic development via "digital transformation" -- using ICTs and innovative financing? Join us for an engaging discussion on the subject with Intel Corporation’s VP of Public Sector, John Galvin and its West Africa Director, Aissatou Sow, who will present Intel’s vision, strategy and examples of their work with governments on leveraging ICTs for education, health, transportation and energy. They will examine a specific case study on the company's public-private partnership in Senegal with the World Bank and the Senegalese Ministry of Higher Education and Research. The case highlights the partnership's use of innovative financing and loan guarantees to enable university students' digital learning, broaden their reach with expanded online course options, and to provide them with tools to personalize and deepen learning. The discussion will examine best practices and challenges of leveraging ICTs as tools to address government challenges and opportunities for scale.

About the Project: Senegal's Ministry of Higher Education was facing mounting pressure to provide quality higher education to a fast growing student population, with most universities enrolling at 200% over capacity. One alternative solution for additional access to courses was the development of distance education, but access to devices was a key challenge for the students. So Intel, in collaboration with the World Bank, the Ministry and universities, designed the Student Laptop project, called “SAMA PC” (my own PC in wolof). The project promotes an efficient, cost effective and sustainable PPP that would allow students to purchase and own their laptops, through a combination of cost reduction mechanisms and low interest rate loans. The project involved local banks, computer manufacturers, government agencies, telecom operators and local system integrators and has allowed over 50% of students to buy and own their first laptop. 

About the Presenters:   

John Galvin is the Vice President of Intel’s worldwide Public Sector group. In his role, Galvin sets the global vision and strategy for collaborating with governments to accelerate social and economic development through sustainable technology solutions. His global team of experts works across Intel’s diverse business units as well as its global network of partners and strategic alliances to provide compelling technology solutions to support governments’ visions of transformation and growth in areas including education, e-governance, health, innovative entrepreneurship and digital government platforms.  John is a global education expert, having pioneered Intel’s education strategy and holistic solutions to educational outcomes with educators, students, publishers, and education partners around the world. He is a Commissioner on the UN Broadband Commission and co-chair of the Working Group on Education with UNESCO.

Aissatou Sow is responsible for Intel Business Development in Francophone Africa and also manages the relationship with World Bank in Africa. Aissatou works with Government agencies, the IT ecosystem, and key stakeholders in the region on Education and Digital transformation, providing advice and solutions that supports the various projects undertaken by governments in those fields. Aissatou is an international development specialist with 15 years of work experience in Africa.