The 2023 Digital Impact Awards Africa celebrated pioneering achievements and innovations in the digital sphere, honouring exceptional organizations and individuals who have showcased significant strides in advancing financial inclusion in Africa.
MTN Uganda & MTN MoMo took home the biggest award after being crowned as the Digital Brand of the Decade for their remarkable impact from 2014 to 2023 – the 10 years that this project has been running.
Standard Chartered Bank and Centenary Group received accolades in the Digital Brand of the Year category, with Diamond and Gold awards, respectively.
The Digital Impact Awards Africa is a platform that promotes Digital Inclusion, Financial Inclusion, and Cyber Security. The Awards recognize companies and stakeholders that are spearheading the use of digital mediums to serve communities and promote financial inclusion.
“The criteria of the nominees are always tight. Some innovators and companies have won every single year for their innovations and dedication to Digital Financial Inclusion,” Innocent Kawooya, the HiPipo CEO said.
The Digital Impact Awards Africa is part of the broader Digital and Financial Inclusion Summit organized by HiPipo in partnership with Level One Project, Mojaloop Foundation, INFITX, Cyberplc Academy, Ideation Corner, and Crosslake Technologies and generously supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Hon. Joyce Nabbosa Ssebugwawo, the Minister of State for ICT applauded the winners for their contribution to developing Uganda and Africa. She challenged them to continue innovating as this is the only sure way of transforming their communities.
The accolade for CEO of the Year was bestowed upon Fabian Kasi of Centenary Bank, who claimed the Diamond award, while Richard Yego of MTN MoMo was honoured with the Gold award.
Under the category of Community Digital Empowerment Excellence, Cente Tech’s Digital Messaging Platform for Catholic Dioceses clinched the prestigious Diamond award, with Oracle Academy securing the Gold recognition.
FutureLink Technologies’ MSacco stood out in the Financial Inclusion Excellence category, while Standard Chartered Bank excelled in Digital Banking Excellence.
In the Banking Innovation Excellence arena, Post Bank’s latest Wendi Digital Wallet emerged as a frontrunner. Centenary Bank and Pride Microfinance Limited claimed top honours in Community/MFI Banking Innovation Excellence, securing the Diamond and Gold awards, respectively.
Airtel Money’s Micro Merchant earned acclaim in FinTech Innovation Excellence, while MTN MoMo triumphed in Financial Services Digital Excellence.
For Consumer Goods Digital Excellence, Movit took home the Diamond award, closely followed by Jude Color Solutions with the Gold distinction.
Utilities and Government Services Digital Excellence recognized Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) with the Diamond accolade and National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) with the Gold recognition.
In the domain of Technology Services Digital Excellence, Comviva emerged as the standout performer.
Below is the full list of all winners.
Community Digital Empowerment Excellence.
- Digital Messaging Platform for Catholic Dioceses by Cente Tech – Diamond
- Oracle Academy – Gold
Financial Inclusion Excellence.
- MSacco by FutureLink Technologies
Digital Banking Excellence.
- Standard Chartered Bank
Banking Innovation Excellence.
- WENDI Digital Wallet by Post Bank
Community/MFI Banking Innovation Excellence.
- Centenary Bank – Diamond
- Pride Microfinance Limited – Gold
FinTech Innovation Excellence.
- Micro Merchant by Airtel Money.
Financial Services Digital Excellence.
- MTN MoMo
Consumer Goods Digital Excellence.
- Movit – Diamond
- Jude Color Solutions – Gold
Utilities and Government Services Digital Excellence.
- URSB – Diamond
- NWSC – Gold
Technology Services Digital Excellence.
Digital Campaign Excellence.
- #NoTuteeseOffline by SafeBoda – Diamond
- #KikoleForLess with FlexiPay – Gold
CEO of the Year.
- Fabian Kasi – Centenary Bank – Diamond
- Richard Yego – MTN MoMo – Gold
Digital Brand of the Year.
- Standard Chartered Bank – Diamond
- Centenary Group – Gold
Digital Brand of the Decade – 2013 to 2023.
- MTN Uganda & MTN MoMo