Innovation for Development
About This Show
Innovation for Development is a podcast that brings together curiosity, creativity and innovation and examines their impact on the development world. Enrique Rubio interviews experts, innovators, social entrepreneurs and social innovators, development leaders, social organizations, and people from all realms of life who are creating an impact and making a difference to promote sustainable social and economic development across the globe. If you are working in development, are a social entrepreneur, an innovator or an enterprise interested in social responsibility, join us for this fascinating podcast where we explore the connection of the concepts of innovation and development. Join me in Innovation for Development.
Most Recent Episode
EP020: Developing Ugandan Entrepreneurs with Alejandra Lopez and Nisma Elias
6 days ago
Alejandra Lopez and Nisma Elias are young entrepreneurs working in social innovation and development. They and other colleagues created an initiative sponsored by the World Bank called Connect to Implement Development (C2IDev). The initiative started in Uganda by providing support and business training to 27 entrepreneurs. They targeted youth, since 77% of the Ugandan population is young, and youth unemployment is high. Their focus on women was especially relevant in the project.
The goal of C2IDev is to tackle youth unemployment through entrepreneurship, technology and innovation. They have a special focus on targeting women and marginalized youth. Its aim is to empower youth to grow their ideas into jobs through training, mentoring, and financing. Exciting features of the project included hosting a “Shark-Tank” inspired pitch competition. Finally, they also used design thinking to push the young entrepreneurs out of their comfort zone.
I asked Alejandra and Nisma what was unique about their project. One of the unique factors was their partnership with Stanford Design School and local development organizations. Most importantly, they implemented a “multiplier” effect. That means that every entrepreneur participating in the program had to train at least two more of their team members. Therefore, this would ensure knowledge and information reaching out to more people. As a result, they expect increased collaboration and ideas.
Nisma Elias is a Junior Professional Associate at the World Bank. Alejandra Lopez is a Consultant at the Inter-American Development Bank.
Check out these links: Short video on the project, Featured Article at the World Bank, Website, Blog and Facebook. You can contact Alejandra or Nisma via their LinkedIn profiles.
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