Featured Knowledge Resources

The following white papers, research and guidelines inform UAV developments in Africa.


Guidance note : managing the risks of unmanned aircraft operations in development projects

From an origin in military and security applications, the use of unmanned aircraft (UA) technology is currently transforming commercial and humanitarian activity. Its evolution started many decades ago, but was limited by the technology of the time; in recent years, advances in this area have facilitated an increasingly rapid expansion of UA technology that has started to move into a variety of sectors. As the societal benefits of UA become clearer, organisations across the commercial and government spectrum seek to exploit the technology to improve their business models and offer a safer, cleaner, and more cost-effective alternative to traditional data-capture methods. 


WHITEPAPER: What should you deliver By Unmanned aerial systems?

As more low - and middle -income countries (LMICs) explore opportunities to improve efficiency and performance in their public health supply chains and diagnostics networks, they face myriad choices about how best to use unmanned aerial systems (UASs) to improve public health outcomes and reach the last mile. JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI) in partnership with LLamasoft and the Nichols Group wrote this paper to provide countrie

s and public health stakeholders with objective guidance on how to make informed decisions about which health products to prioritise for delivery and by which type of UAS platform to achieve the six ‘rights’ of a supply chain.


Rwanda takes off: The Future of drone delivery

Rwanda, in conjunction with public and private sector partners, plans to build the world’s first drone ports for the delivery of essential goods. Rapidly maturing technology for cargo drones presents an unprecedented opportunity for Rwanda to alleviate problems related to inefficient distribution, develop its economy, and leapfrog in key areas. The key challenges to achieving these objectives are: (1) establishing regulatory frameworks, (2) building infrastructure, (3) supporting appropriate business models, and (4) fostering local knowledge and innovation capacity. To enable Rwanda to address these challenges, this paper reviews examples of emerging drone industries in countries around the world and then analyzes historical lessons from the birth of the aviation industry. These sources provide guidance to suggest policy recommendations that will enable Rwanda to improve infrastructure, drive economic development, and become a global example of technological leapfrogging.