Malawi Hailed for progressive Regulatory Frameworks at Technology World Congress

Malawi has been hailed and recognized for its progressive regulatory framework on big data. Malawi was featured on a ‘big data for social good’ panel alongside India, Colombia and Brazil at the largest gathering of technology practitioners and stakeholders in Barcelona, Spain last month.
Speaking on the high spotlight ministerial panel, Director General for MACRA, Godfrey Itaye said Malawi is committed to advancing the case of using big data for social good to enhance livelihoods in areas of health, education, financial inclusion, and other key sectors of development.
Itaye was given a spotlight session on a one on one panel with Kate Wilson, CEO of the Digital Impact Alliance, a unit of the United Nations Foundation.
Big Data is a new field that combines use of multiple data sources to generate insights and analytics across fields. For example, the use of satellite imagery, geospatial, mobile network operator data and routine health systems data have been used to generate insights on management of Tuberculosis in India.
In Brazil, big data is being used to predict air pollution for authorities to deploy interventions while in Uganda, for example, Big Data is being used to predict food security crises so that organizations like FAO can

MACRA Director General Godfrey Itaye

MACRA Director General Godfrey Itaye’s panel discussion on Big Data with Kate Wilson

proactively intervene.