Bolo Tech, possibly the first Urdu speech therapy platform in the world, was designed by Shanza Khan Shahani, one of the 2019 Commonwealth Youth Award finalists, and Rabab Fatima. Commonwealth Correspondent Ahmed Umer Sohaib, 26, from Lahore, Pakistan, spoke to Shanza about the groundbreaking tool that is helping people with speech problems to communicate, and …

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A campaigner against gender-based violence, an inventor of life-saving medical devices and the boss of a pioneering recycling company, were among the recipients of the Commonwealth’s Innovation for Sustainable Development Awards. Fifteen winners were selected by an independent jury, based on the impact or potential of their innovations to advance one or more of the …

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Cybercrime is a problem that is plaguing countries around the world and it is spreading in Nigeria like wildfire, writes Nnabugwu Chukwuebuka, 25-year-old Commonwealth Correspondent from Uzii in Nigeria. He argues that the high level of cybercrime stems from a range of issues and if it is not controlled may cost Nigeria its reputation. Cybercrime …

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The fourth industrial revolution is blurring the lines between technological advancements and human life. But how many people understand what this really means? Commonwealth Correspondent Bonolo Madibe, a 22-year-old Commonwealth Correspondent from South Africa, speaks to two Silicon Valley experts to find out how this revolution could benefit Africa. In 2016 at the World Economic …

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Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland writes about meeting inspirational young health innovator Rayvon Stewart at the Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting (CHMM) in Geneva last year in this blog. Rayvon was among the finalists shortlisted for last year’s Commonwealth Health Innovation Awards. Five years ago more than 40 babies born in Jamaican hospitals became infected with lethal bacteria – …

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It is in times like these that an idea like Salvatory Kessy’s online education platform really shines. Salvatory, from Tanzania, is the founder of SmartClass, a platform which matches low-cost qualified and vetted tutors to students interested in learning basic skills such as numeracy, literacy, computing, agriculture and languages. Commonwealth Correspondent Tumaini John Makole from …

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As the coronavirus continues to spread globally, what opportunities are there for creators and innovators? Jacob Masenga, a Commonwealth Correspondent from Zambia, talks to Zanga Musakuzi, a Zambian health tech innovator making it easier for people to find health services. Most great solutions came about through creativity and innovation during challenging situations. Here’s an example of how a …

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In this COVID-19 era, skills and personal development training are now being delivered on digital platforms, leaving behind those without access to the internet. Ariana Joseph, 20-year-old Commonwealth Correspondent from Antigua and Barbuda argues that now is the time to make this technology available to those who can’t afford it. When we consider that young …

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