Huduma card, a Government of Kenya owned pre-paid card, that enables citizens enables citizens to make payments for both public and private sector has won the 5th edition of the All Africa public service innovation award (AAPSIA) as the most innovative partner in service delivery.
The Huduma card is the first government owned multipurpose service and payment card that allows customers to make or receive payments. It has a smart chip built into it whereby the cardholder’s personal data can be securely stored and can host multiple applications on the embedded chip.
Themed: “Combating Corruption: A Sustainable Path towards Africa’s Transformation”, AAPSIA 2018 aimed to promote and encourage innovative practices for public sector services. It is the first African-scale price program to celebrate innovation in the public sector.
The program recognizes and rewards the success of the workforce and their private and nonprofit sector partners that have successfully developed innovative solutions, in terms of service delivery, combating corruption and governance-related challenges. The prices recognize successful and effective service delivery initiatives through the application of innovative approaches, methodologies and tools and provides opportunities for knowledge sharing, training, partnerships, and possible replication of successful initiatives across the continent.
The winning categories included; Innovative Service Delivery, Innovative Partnerships, Innovation in the Systems and Processes of Government and The 4th Industrial Revolution.
The theme of the 2018 edition of AAPSIA was informed by the vision of the Agenda 2063 of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa led by its own citizens, which represents a dynamic force in the international arena as well as the AU theme of year for 2018 mentioned above. The Prize Program contributes specifically to the aim of “Africa of Good Governance”, with competent and innovative institutions governed by trans-formative leadership at any level of government.
The Huduma card was considerd to have reflected an innovative idea or concept that has been fully implemented in the public sector in Africa (Kenya). The approach has never been implemented before in a similar context and was considered a “new” concept for Kenya.