NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – TWENTY social entrepreneurs from the region are set to join the prestigious Acumen East Africa Fellows Programme, a one-year leadership development scheme designed to connect and cultivate the next generation of social change agents and skills to address the problems of poverty.
It is a partnership involving Kenya Commercial Bank and Safaricom and Acumen.
The pool has been selected from the 50 shortlisted candidates who presented their ideas at a Selection Conference in Nairobi.
KCB Bank and Safaricom have committed $1 million.
Acumen, the pioneer impact investing firm that runs the program, is an international non-profit venture which raises charitable donations to invest long-term capital in companies, leaders, and ideas that are changing the way the world tackles poverty.
The 20 Fellows selected will participate in five week-long seminars throughout the year, where they receive the tools, training and space to innovate new ideas, accelerate their impact, and build a strong network of social leaders from across their region and around the world.
This year, Acumen received over 550 applications.
The highly acclaimed leadership development programme is now in its sixth year.
The programme has attracted thousands of applicants from all over East Africa with diverse cultural, geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds and working across a variety of sectors.
– CAJ News