As world leaders prepare for UN Sustainability Week, an innovative Sierra Leonean entrepreneur and student at the African Leadership University (ALU) is making strides in promoting environmental compliance and advancing global progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Abdul Karim Sesay, a student at ALU, has developed a groundbreaking solution using sensor technologies, robotics, and data-driven analytics to promote environmental compliance. His initiative, Altruistech Innovations, aims to address climate change challenges and build climate resilience among vulnerable communities in Africa.

Ahead of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Sustainability Week from April 15th to April 19th, which will focus on assessing progress towards the SDGs, Sesay is urging policymakers to support ventures like his that tackle environmental issues.

Sierra Leone, among the top 10% of countries most vulnerable to climate change impacts, faces challenges such as unpredictable weather patterns, severe flooding, and food insecurity. Despite efforts like the passing of the Environmental Protection Agency Act in 2022, further action is needed to implement environmental governance at the community level.

Sesay’s ‘Altruistech Environmental Compliance Gauge’ is a robotic car equipped with data collection sensors, including noise pollution monitors, carbon sensors, and waste management trackers. The collected data is analyzed to assess an organization’s environmental compliance across various factors such as solid waste generation, air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, and noise pollution.

This innovative solution has enabled several companies and educational institutions in Ghana, Kenya, and Rwanda to monitor their environmental impact in real-time and address non-compliance issues effectively.

Speaking about his initiative, Sesay emphasized the importance of promoting sustainable development and holding individuals and organizations accountable for their environmental impact. He called on world leaders to support young innovators like himself in driving climate resilience efforts across Africa.

Sesay’s journey with Altruistech began during his time as a Global Challenges student at ALU, a leading institution shaping Africa’s future leaders and visionaries. ALU aims to develop 3 million ethical and entrepreneurial African leaders by 2035, with a focus on mission-led study and work experience.

Veda Sunassee, CEO at ALU, praised Sesay’s innovation and highlighted ALU’s commitment to nurturing innovative spirit among its students. Sesay and his team at Altruistech Innovations have launched several projects addressing various SDGs, including mental health services, clean water access, and STEM education.

Sesay’s achievements have earned him global recognition, including being named as one of Sierra Leone’s Top 30 innovators by the Orange Social Venture Prize 2022 and participation in the Triggering Exponential Climate Action program.