__Now is the time for action. We need your help.
As many of you know, I’m part of an initiative that is lobbying for a $100bn Stimulus Fund for African governments to help their businesses and entrepreneurs, including I expect some of you here on this platform. Problem is, we just don’t have enough data to support our work. No one really knows what is happening!
You can help us, help you. When it comes to Africa, one of the biggest challenges we have is getting accurate information (data) to help us convince governments and global donors. This is where you come in. Give us the data! How?
Please complete at least one or, if possible, ALL of the five surveys I am going to share with you here on this post and again in the Afterthoughts. (Note: This image is NOT a map where COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Africa. The pins you see show where we have gathered data from surveys so far, as we launch these five surveys today. We want data from across the continent. Please help us make sure we hear from your community).
We are doing this because my team at Liquid Telecom Kenya was asked by Kenya’s leading industrialists to help develop a platform to help them collect data that can help them in their push for assistance for Kenyan businesses.
When I saw this platform, I asked my team to expand it so that it can help any country. The platform they created is being released to Africa, for the very first time through this platform.
Now if your nation is in national lockdown and you are staying isolated through social distancing as you must, you might feel you can’t do much to help, but you are wrong.
__By taking the time to fill out and also share these surveys with your friends and colleagues, you are doing something very important to help us get assistance to Africa. Fill out all of them if you they are relevant to you:
#1. SME Business Impact Survey: https://ushahidi.covid-19.ke/posts/create/5
#2. Self-Isolation Survey: https://ushahidi.covid-19.ke/posts/create/2
#3. Working-from-Home Survey: https://ushahidi.covid-19.ke/posts/create/7
#4. General COVID-19 Knowledge Survey: https://ushahidi.covid-19.ke/posts/create/8
#5. Social Distancing Impact Survey: – https://ushahidi.covid-19.ke/posts/create/9
Why is this information important?
Think for instance, when you read or hear a government say that “few people have tested positive” … How can we be assured that they have put in place mechanisms to actually identify and trace people who have the virus?
Remember: many people themselves will get away with mild symptoms, and yet manage to infect (and even unknowingly kill) other people they come in contact with, whilst others will simply lie at home and get support from family until they recover. Sadly many will die.
Problem is, we don’t know yet enough…
Then there is the challenge of so many businesses and entrepreneurs like many of you, now forced to work from home. What impact is this having on you, your business, your family?
If we don’t have data, then how can we advocate for help?
__Today I need YOU each to take action by completing these five surveys, and over the next seven days, to share this post or the links with your friends and colleagues.
When you complete each one, your personal information is all kept confidential and private, but we extract common information to create a map. This map will be shown to organizations like:
# United Nations
# World Bank
# African Development Bank
# Many others… including your own ministers and Presidents, many who are considering urgent new policy and budget priorities as I write.
Guys, I cannot over-stress the importance of completing at least one survey. Even if you do not have a business, or are not sick, please find a way to complete them. You are doing this for yourself, your community, your country, your continent, the world…
#OneFightAgainstCorona, means joining forces to win this battle!
This is how we fight: By being smart in the digital age!
Remember: When you have completed the survey, ask at least 5 friends and colleagues to do the same.
To be continued. . .
Image caption: If you want to track whether voices in your own country are being heard through people filling out these surveys, #Click on the circles at this LIVE link and check it out: https://ushahidi.covid-19.ke/views/map
These pins on the map show you where we have received surveys so far! We want to hear from everywhere. Please help us.
Strive Masiyiwa is the founder and Executive Chairman of the Econet Group. He serves on several international boards including Unilever, and the Global Advisory boards of the Council on Foreign Relations and Stanford University. A board member of the Rockefeller Foundation for 15 years, he also serves as Chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). He is a co-founder of the Carbon War Room, Pathways for Prosperity, and the Global Business Coalition on Education. He and his wife, Tsitsi, co-founded the Higherlife Foundation and are signators of the Giving Pledge.View all posts by Strive Masiyiwa