DotConnectAfrica 2021 Year in Review?
March 31, 2022
DOTCONNECTAFRICA 2021 YEAR IN REVIEW
As the year comes to an end, I would like to express my gratitude for your continued trust and loyalty to DotConnectAfrica Group!
Despite this year starting with many controversies on Covid -19 vaccines and their variations, humanity has prevailed once again against the Coronavirus through building our immunity system and being health-conscious as much as being intentional on our choices about how to coexist.
As most businesses were struggling to adapt to the remote and hybrid workplace, our team at DCA was already familiar with this culture as part of our mission and vision. This has always motivated us to focus more on innovation, adaption, and problem solving promptly. Therefore, this year, we continued to invest in this model to ensure that our communities, staff, and Clients are well protected and accommodated.
DCA Group is also excited to see that women have become the new face of wealth. According to the Mckinsey report, today, women control a third of total US household financial assets, more than $10 trillion. DCA is proud to be part of that legacy for the past decade in Africa by assisting women and girls financially to realize their entrepreneurial dreams.
What DCA has achieved in 2021
DCA has restructured under GEDA Group of Investments to offer its products and services under a private sector umbrella while remaining focused on its social programs. Read More
DCA’s web solutions have added cloud services as part of its portfolio of offerings to meet the needs of small and medium-sized businesses and the Digital Marketing services we have been providing in the past years. Read More.
This year we have also been busy building an ecosystem based on FinTech and e-commerce solutions. We envision also providing financing to small/medium-sized women-owned businesses to allow them to export their goods and services across the globe and Africa.
Our CSR under DCATrust continued to support the gender digital divide. Through our DCA Academy and our women-in-tech program, Miss.Africa Digital. We announced our 6th annual Seed-Fund Impact Award Program inviting women and girls in Tech fields to apply for funding. We also strengthened our growth acceleration program by forming essential partnerships and alliances in the tech education space. As part of our FemPower mission, we also expanded our networks through invitations we attended in Kenya and other African countries. Read our FemPower Newsletter for more.
Our Annual Year-End Meeting in Kenya
As expected, we held our annual year-end meeting virtually. We acknowledged what has been accomplished in the year 2021 in both results, execution, building relationships, resource allocation, and talent acquisition. We thanked all of our staff for going above and beyond the call of duty.
Thank you also to all our clients who put their trust in us this year. We are grateful to serve you on your important business amidst uncertainty, and we are immensely grateful for your business.
We can’t forget to congratulate and appreciate our CEO Sophia Bekele for representing DCA in Africa and overseas. This year was a great year for her as she was dubbed 2021 Women Of Inﬂuence Honoree, by Silicon Valley Business Journal, celebrating women of outstanding achievement in their industry and community. She was also honoured with the 2021 CEO Today Africa Awards for exceptional business leadership and growth, and for those individuals who shine as examples of excellence when faced with unprecedented challenges. Among past achievements, both awards took into consideration the leadership she demonstrated with her organization and community during the unprecedented 24 months of Covid19 Read More:
Amongst many gains, were some setbacks
DCA Trust, which is the main bearer and sponsor of the .africa domain lost its court battle of eight years to the US-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in June 2021. The US Appeal court affirmed the position of the lower court that DCA Trust would not be allowed to go to a jury trial on its merit, because of the position its Lawyers advocated during the previous ICANN Independent Review Process ( IRP). But the .africa battle is not lover!!.