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Friday, 9 May 2014

Meet Africa’s Top 6 Social Entrepreneurs 2014

Social entrepreneurs drive social innovation and transformation in various fields including education, health, environment and enterprise development. They pursue poverty alleviation goals with entrepreneurial zeal, business methods and the courage to innovate and overcome traditional practices.

6 of them were today announced by the Schwab Foundation as Africa's Social Entrepreneurs of the Year at the just concluded World Economic Forum. One Nigerian made the list and you can see the names of these young people inspiring change in their societies below:

Gbenga Sesan, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN), Nigeria
PIN aims to connect under-served young Nigerians with ICT-enabled opportunities to improve their livelihoods. It offers income-generating ICT training and social media consultancy to organisations, working with PIN graduates as implementing partners.

Patrick Awuah, Ashesi University, Ghana
Ashesi is a private, non-profit liberal arts college that addresses the need for ethical leadership and innovative thinking. Its curriculum combines a liberal arts core with practical majors in management information systems, compu ter science and business, with a focus on leadership development and community service.

Ashifi Gogo, Sproxil, Ghana, Nigeria and India
Sproxil’s Mobile Product Authentication solution enables customers to verify that a pharmaceutical product is genuine by using a scratch card which reveals a one-time code on the product. The company has set up Africa’s first national, mobile-based anti-counterfeit service, and has already sold more than 250m anti-counterfeit labels.

Martin Kariongi Ole Sanago, Institute for Orkonerei Pastoralists Advancement (IOPA),Tanzania
Using radio programmes, discussions and festivals, the IOPA facilitates transformation and diversification of the Maasai’s economic system through social business, social entrepreneurship and innovation. The institute also teaches the Massai veterinary services and techniques and carries out livestock vaccination campaigns.

Jay Kimmelman and Shannon May, Bridge International Academies, Kenya
This chain of nursery and private schools delivers high quality education for an average of US$6 a month. Teachers are able to give classes to thousands of pupils using data-enabled tablets, and the company operates 300 academies in Kenya, educating about 10,000 pupils.

Allen Wilcox, VillageReach, Mozambique
Through collaboration with governments, organisations and communities, VillageReach aims to increase access to quality healthcare. It does this by strengthening health service delivery, enhancing ICT systems and engaging the private sector.

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