A South Sudan army soldier mans a machine gun mounted on a truck. Picture: RETUERS
A South Sudan army soldier mans a machine gun mounted on a truck. Picture: RETUERS

African Tech Roundup and SPARK have partnered to produce a seven-part podcast miniseries interrogating the progress being made in advancing entrepreneurship and job creation in some of the world’s most fragile regions. The series uncovers pragmatic, first-hand insights about the challenges of deploying market-relevant approaches to entrepreneurship, economic policy design and implementation, education interventions and the provision of business support.

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The first episode of the series features a relaxed diary session with Yengi Lokule, co-founder and CEO of the Rural Finance Initiative (RUFI), a South Sudanese micro-finance and cross-border remittance firm which serves South Sudanese refugees in Uganda as well as rural and peri-urban residents in his fragile home country. Lokule holds degrees in agriculture and development studies specialising in micro-finance and has more than 20 years of professional experience gained in post-conflict environments.

This thoughtful conversation addresses some of the oversimplifications related to promoting financial inclusion in post-conflict environments while offering useful insight into displaced people defiantly building futures for themselves and others in South Sudan and neighbouring Uganda.

Editorial disclaimer: This podcast was taped at the fringes of SPARK’s 7th Annual IGNITE Conference in Amsterdam — a premier gathering of refugees, entrepreneurs, educators, private sector actors, government leaders, academics and NGOs.

While SPARK is the presenting sponsor of this series, African Tech Roundup maintains complete editorial oversight. Opinions expressed by the host, Andile Masuku, and his guests, do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the presenting sponsor, SPARK.

This podcast is brought to you by African Tech Roundup in partnership with MultimediaLIVE.  

• African Tech Roundup is a Johannesburg-based media and insights organisation, aka village square, which tracks the progress of Africa’s emerging digital, tech and innovation industries.