UNDP Cameroon and the MTN Foundation partner to build a digital innovation hub in Cameroon.

March 18, 2024

UNDP-CMR-MTN Cameroon CEO, MTN Group's Chief Sustainability and Corporate Affairs Officer, and UNDP Cameroon Resident Representative display the signed partnership documents-2024

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Douala, March 18, 2024 – MTN Foundation, Cameroon's first corporate foundation, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) sealed a historic partnership on March 18, 2024, at MTN Cameroon's head office by signing a memorandum of understanding aimed at promoting technological innovation and accelerating Cameroon's digital transformation.

The memorandum of understanding was signed by the CEO of MTN Cameroon, Mitwa Ng'ambi and UNDP Cameroon’s Resident Representative, Aissata De, in the presence of MTN Group's Chief Sustainability and Corporate Affairs Officer, Nompilo Morafo, CEO of MTN Cameroon, UNDP’s Deputy Resident Representative, Martin Hart-Hansen, and experts from both institutions.

UNDP-CMR-Singing of the partnership agreement by MTN CEO and UNDP RR, witnessed by MTN Group GESCA and UNDP Cameroon DRR-2024

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This partnership will be concretized by the construction of an ultra-modern digital hub. A true centre of excellence, the facility will provide state-of-the-artwork and collaboration spaces for young Cameroonian entrepreneurs, students, and job seekers, with a special focus on women.

The digital hub will offer a full range of services and infrastructure, notably:

  • Intensive training and practical workshops on the latest digital technologies.
  • A coworking space equipped to encourage innovation and collaboration.
  • A research and development space dedicated to exploring and testing innovative digital solutions to Cameroon's challenges.

"This partnership with UNDP is perfectly in line with our commitment to support the development of digital technology in Cameroon. To date, around 2,500 Cameroonians, including 1,800 people living with disabilities, have benefited from our various training programmes in the use of digital tools. The digital hub is therefore a logical follow-up to these training courses and will be a catalyst for digital entrepreneurship, enabling Cameroon's youth to play an active role in the country's digital transformation," said Mitwa Ng'ambi, CEO of MTN Cameroon. 

“The Digital Innovation Hub that we are setting up with MTN in Douala is in line with our vision to create an enabling environment for young people and women to unleash their creativity and entrepreneurial potential. This Hub will not only be an unprecedented driver for the emergence of champions among youths and the positioning of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), but above all, it will be a mechanism that will enable start-ups to overcome funding barriers,"  said Aissata De, UNDP Cameroon Resident Representative.

UNDP-CMR-Mitwa Ng'ambi, MTN Cameroon CEO, and Aissata De, UNDP Cameroon Resident Representative, affirm a lasting partnership for the Goals-2024

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The construction of the digital hub is a major initiative that will contribute to the achievement of Cameroon's National Development Strategy 2020–2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular goal 9, aimed at promoting industry, innovation, and infrastructure.

UNDP-CMR-A cross-section of UNDP and MTN teams during the partnership ceremony-2024

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UNDP-CMR-A cross-section of participants during the partnership ceremony-2024

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UNDP-CMR-MTN and UNDP leaders and young tech start-ups present at the partnership ceremony-2024

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