African Drone and Data Academy


Africa’s tech ecosystem is chiefly premised on software technology. However, hardware companies and technological organizations are putting efforts to make huge social impacts, with countries like Malawi doubling down efforts to foster a conducive environment for technology development.

Beyond making policies, the Malawian government, in 2020, established the first African Drone and Data Academy (ADDA), funded by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The organization aims to bridge the continent’s skills deficit, starting with Malawi and subsequently move to neighboring countries.

In pursuance of its mission, ADDA sets up a Drone academy bootcamp, with facilitators leading students from various countries across the continent through the building and piloting of drones and related systems.

The African Drone and Data Academy aims to be a center of excellence, dually equipping African youths with necessary 21st-century skills while reinforcing the drone ecosystem for more efficient humanitarian and development response.