Africa’s top social entrepreneurs

INNOVATIONS

-
Image: By BiztechAfrica
Africa’s top social entrepreneurs

The winners of the Social Entrepreneurs of the Year awards have been named at the WEF Africa forum.

Five leading innovators were named the Social Entrepreneurs of the Year 2012 Africa by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The awards were presented to the winners by Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, on the opening day of the meeting in the presence of President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan of Nigeria, President Jakaya M. Kikwete of Tanzania, and Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia.

“Africa has seen tremendous growth over the past decade,” said Hilde Schwab, Chairperson and Co-Founder of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. “Social entrepreneurs use innovative approaches to extend access to healthcare, education, energy and housing to marginalized populations that may not otherwise be included in the traditional markets. They ensure that growth, such as that experienced in Africa, is and will be inclusive.”

The five winners who have been selected as the 2012 Social Entrepreneurs of the Year Africa are:

Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, Co-Founder and Managing Director, soleRebels, Ethiopia

SoleRebels taps into Ethiopia’s rich artisan heritage to create durable, stylish and eco-friendly footwear for international markets. The company offers training and employment to hundreds of underprivileged workers in Ethiopia, creating a new employment model for local enterprises. By using recycled automobile tires for the rubber soles and other environmentally friendly practices, soleRebels is committed to a zero carbon footprint.

Sameer Hajee, Chief Executive Officer, Nuru Energy Group, Rwanda

With many homes in sub-Saharan Africa not connected to electricity grids, Nuru Energy works with micro-entrepreneurs to disseminate its Nuru LED light, which can be recharged using an off-grid, pedal-powered platform. The LED light gives up to 26 hours of light and costs one-sixth of kerosene to recharge. To date, Nuru Energy has set up 70 village-level entrepreneurs who have sold 10,000 Nuru lights.

Paul Scott Matthew, Director Africa, North Star Alliance, South Africa

In the 1990s, Paul Matthew saw the alarming impacts of HIV/AIDS on mobile workers such as truck drivers and realized these workers lacked access to basic healthcare. North Star Alliance provides mobile workers and related communities with continual access to high-quality health and safety services through a network of interlinked clinics known as “Roadside Wellness Centres”. Since opening its first centre in 2005 in Malawi, North Star has grown to 22 centres in 10 countries.

Andrew Muir, Executive Director, Wilderness Foundation, South Africa

The Wilderness Foundation, founded in 1972, integrates conservation programmes with social and educational programmes. It has trained thousands of youth to be community leaders and national park rangers. Under the stewardship of the Wilderness Foundation, over 200 000 hectares of African wilderness have been rehabilitated and expanded in the interests of conservation and environmental protection. More than 100 000 disadvantaged/vulnerable youth have benefitted from the Wilderness Foundation through its social intervention and environmental education programmes.

Seri Youlou and Thomas Granier, Co-Founders, Association la Voute Nubienne, Burkina Faso

More than a decade ago, Seri Youlou, a farmer from Burkina Faso, and Thomas Granier, a French mason, built a Nubian vault home in Burkina Faso, Association la Vaute Nubienne. By training farmers in the construction of homes with vaulted earth-brick roofs, provides an affordable, ecologically sustainable housing alternative and source of income to farmers during the off-seasons. Today, more than 200 masons have built over 1,300 Nubian vault homes in West Africa.



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE INNOVATIONS NEWS

ITU Telecom World launches 2014 Young Innovators Competition

ITU has launched the fourth edition of its popular ‘Young Innovators’ competition, seeking out talented young thinkers and social technopreneurs across the globe. Read More

Africa’s tech hubs on the rise

The vice president of Botswana says innovation hubs play an important role in boosting science and technology. Read More

Innovation Prize for Africa 2014 finalists announced

The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) has announced the finalists of the prestigious Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2014. Read More

Connected Africa winners recognised

Google has presented awards to the five top entrants in its Connected Africa competition.  Read More

Google, LG to unveil Android watch

Soon tech-savvy Kenyans with passion for the Android operating system will be able to wear a wrist watch that does more than tell time and date. Read More

Philips to establish Research and Innovation Hub in Kenya

JJ van Dongen, Senior Vice President & CEO Philips Africa Royal Phlips has announced the establishment of its Africa Innovation Hub in Nairobi, Kenya, to be the centre for developing innovations “in Africa - for Africa” . Read More

Rwanda, World Bank host science, technology forum

The Government of Rwanda and the World Bank are co-hosting a high-level forum on Higher Education for Science, Technology and Innovation in Kigali this week. Read More

Kenya goes hi-tech in anti-poaching war

Kenyan wildlife authorities are bringing in advanced technologies to protect endangered wildlife from poachers. Read More

Smart Home Revenues to reach $71 billion by 2018

A new report from Juniper Research forecasts that revenues generated from Smart Home services are set to reach a global market value of $71 billion by 2018, rising from $33 billion last year. Read More

African students sign up for Go Green challenge

Students from Engineering and Business Schools, Master's and MBA Programmes in Africa have until 15 February to sign up for the Go Green challenge.  Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage ERP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionSage HR AfricaMTN Business

FEATURED STORY

Kenyan shift to Green Economy would generate USD 45bn by 2030 Kenyan shift to Green Economy would generate USD 45bn by 2030

Kenya’s transition to a green economy could produce major economic benefits  equivalent to an estimated USD 45 billion by 2030, a new  study shows.

IN DEPTH

E-waste threatens Ghana’s beachesE-waste threatens Ghana’s beaches

Many beaches in Ghana, already stressed by pollution and poor maintenance, are now facing a new threat: e-waste.