Drone corridor in Malawi challenges scepticism towards UAVs across Africa

Drone corridor

Drone corridor in Malawi challenges scepticism towards UAVs across Africa

In recent years, the US has vigorously used drones against al-Qaida affiliated groups on the continent, and operates drone bases in some five African countries. However, in parts of Rwanda and Malawi, the buzz of an approaching drone now signals something rather different: the arrival of vital medical supplies.

On 29th June 2017, to the wonderment of local children who congregated nearby, the Malawian government and UNICEF officially launched a drone corridor to trial the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for development and aid missions. It is Africa’s first drone corridor, and the first in the world developed specifically to address humanitarian challenges. Continue reading “Drone corridor in Malawi challenges scepticism towards UAVs across Africa”