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Which are Africa's main millennials/citizens engagement spaces - 

Nairobi leading ladies empowerment banking; first to linking to 5 billion elearning satellite- Ushahidi/Ihub world's benchmark for open tech youth hubs and worldwide multi-win trade 

2  Rwanda home of community health training networks linked into partners in health and youth celebrations of 2030now- how to make africa the safest continent for preventing plagues

Joburg home of partners in mandela extranet and the race to design 7th graders most massive jobs developing curricula -gravitating such partners as maharishi, google africa, branson. oprah winfree, skoll ... 

4 Mali expats how can satellites empower women and  the UN and millennials- the Toure family's crusade orbits round their home nation mashing up every goodwill connection the UN and ITU can muster


April 2015 Breaking News from Future of Economics-

On the Road to Obama Entrepreneur summit Kenya July, I wanted to update you first

 on how Africa's 5 billion person elearning satellite yazmi has focused testing in africa on what kenyas second lady rachel ruto wants   ---now she is not only table banking for 1 million poor women but in effect is their small business school mentor too  (see slides) and infrastructure developer -when I met her 2 weeks ago she demanded urgent research of clean water service entrepreneurs If you'd like a quick demo of yazmi please say- making sure Kenya gets the most out of elearning satellite has become an absolute priority after rachel ruto kindly gave 3 hours of her new york diary to this during the un womens summit a fortnight ago 

there is now quite a lot to discuss including women4empowerments talk at un women conference rough video here .



--- you tell us DC millennials and POP mobile hotline mob 240 316 8157 


DO AGRIC campaign launches at the AU Summit with D'ban...
Last week, we launched our pan-African campaign DO AGRIC at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa. We’re asking millions of African citizen...
Preview by Yahoo welcomes your help at - which millennials networks do you vote for as uniting humanity in the 2030now race  to end poverty and include the poorest in world class health services   Kim et all paper of transforming value chain of global health,Lancet 2014

Map World Record Job Creators


 Please help us topline africa's grassroots heores and heroinesexample  Nigerian Raleuke Ekezie invites you to join the African Nurses Entrepreneurship network ( 1 2)  typical correspondence of publishers of world record book of job creation with Ralueke i note your winning project is described here I'll happily post a short note on you at my web on african heroes htp:// Regrettably I dont have much information on Nigeria - other than one of my greatest heroines at and Dbanj Nigeria's pop star linking youth with bono networks A question to everyone - you may know that the world bank has completely changed since health care leader im kim took over. There is also a huge discussion space on collaboration in development at I haven;t yet found the best subspace for linking health knowhow - but I am confident one will be grown. If you are not uptodate on im kim his recent tedx video: transcript


Sample our best news of african millennials and job creation

october 2014 good news inbox sampler

dear raphael at Kenya Youth Congress can I suggest that you ring up jamii bora head office ask for ingrid's personal assistant and ask her to give message " chris macrae thinks it would be good idea if ingrid or someone from her office meets you so that you can 1) tell her about your mission, 2) tell her about youth summit at world bank and all the other events you were kenya's youth entrepreneur/governance ambassador to last week":
the point is that ingrid knows me well  but I dont have easy ways of communicating with her from usa

chris ps  Raphael if any on your network can connect with julian kyula's nanocredit network that would be a giant leap forward in my opinion

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 WELCOME. AfricanIdol is a youth economics web co-edited in association with microeducationsummit and alumni of The Economist's Norman Macrae (first journalist of open learning net geneartion from 1972) washington dc 301 881 1655

August Gamechanging Event Selection -Open Learning Campus : MBAlumni

Launch of Young African Society 1 August World Bank    further ref  Jim Kim2030nowjimkim2transcripts.doc 2030nowjimkim2transcripts.doc, 40 K next world bank youth summit - worldwide millennials 7 oct 2014

....Replay launch of Young Africa Society: ... conference reports

                                                   DEAR FRIENDS,                            

The World Bank Group (WBG)-International Monteray Fund (IMF) Young African Society (YAS) is excited to invite you to the 1st African Youth Forum 2014 on July 31st, 2014. This year's theme, "Equipping and Inspiring the Next Generation for Productive Jobs" . Inspired by a report published by the World Bank Group in January 2014, on Youth employment in Sub-Saharan Africa, the WBG-IMF YAS has decided to organize its first African Youth Forum, to establish a platform where youth can actively participate in discussing, implementing and evaluating the development agenda in Africa. 

Please feel free to contact us to discuss issues pertinent to Africa’s development, at:

We look forward to welcoming you to the World Bank Group!


Yvonne Catherine Kirabo and Elikia Kamga Nenkam

The continent must move beyond commodities led growth to focus on human capital development internally. We believe that inclusive growth will only be achieved by equipping young people with the skills needed for a vibrant economy.

To empower Africa's young population to move forward, topics such as education, entrepreneurship and employment, health and good governance  must be addressed and knowledge must be shared.  
.The African Youth Forum 2014 will feature external and internal participants discussing Youth as an critical component of the Africa development agenda and specifically addressing the thematic areas as identified by the United Nations.
Our goal is to equip every attendee with new tools to achieve a positive vision for Africa. We invite you to start the process now by registering today and interacting with our online community...


Can Africa's communications revolutionaries lead youth economics' collab celebrations @ The World Record Book of Job Creation ?

7 Wonderful Roles of Africa's Most Human Communications Alumni


Mandela Elders -education core to Gandhian peaceful revolution  beyond top-down professions

Samara- Europe's leap out of dark ages by communications so I gave Africa a free satellite

Ibrahim (and Barro) - Benchmark places & sectors responsible leaders by & for future of Africans

Julian Kyula  - Nanocredit -design most urgent telecom networks around those in most urgent local needs

Toure ITU - who in united nations and out of africa understand telcommunications for good

Women4Empowerment - Naila's stories  1 2  3  4   5   6   7  8   9 more at 

YP/Young Africa Society - 25-35 professionals most connected, educated world has ever enjoyed- millennials' goals #2030now 

AFM1 Samara - Ethiopia & DC
Unlike the $100 laptop as the first product launch of the MIT media lab, Noah Samara pioneered the early 1990s launch of an African satellite with a continent-wide frequency reserved for life critical information in parallel with 2 other worldspace satellites for Asia and America. He experimented with satellite radio which turned out to be unsustainable as a life-changing information network for Africans but a highly portable medium in USA. Nearly 20 years later his company is converging all resources on satellite empowered learning ( expected tablet price $50  for built in satellite use and access to all the world's most job creating open edu
AFM10 IHUB/Ushahidi - Kenya
AFM11 MIT Media Lab Africa
AFM12 MIT D-lab Africa and Abdul Latif with Toyota
AFM121 Paul Polak last mile multinationals Africa –eg green energy and clean water distrib
AFM13 Ibrahim Foundation
AFM14 Africa24tv
TB1 Free University and Jobs Schools : Mandela's (and Gandhi's) legacy : Changing schools in south afrca can create million extra jobs for youth by 2020; why wouldn't vnery nation with a future want to join in changing schooling to be job creating?
TB11 Open Learning Campus : From Africa to World Bank and everywhere young professionals can reach
AFM15 Young Africa Society –world bank YP milennials’ goals 2.1 -25-35 year old rofessionals as most educated, connected group ever to save the human race's netxt generation
AFM2 Jamii Bora –end slums youth banking and partner labs : starts kenya's gifts to world ofmobile-empowered  banking for all
TB20 Primary financial literacy curriculum – eg Afaatoun out of Orphanages from India
AFM21 Bridges primary schools
TB21 Love of self- empowerment curriculum – eg Maharishi (TB1)
TB22 Coding curricula from primary up
AFM31 Kiva Africa
AFM32 Acumen
AFM33 BRAC African Girl Jobs-creating banking
AFM34 Eagri-Africa
AFM35 African health millennials www –and PIH Rwanda, Free Nursing College Africa
AFM36 Mara Mentors Africa - 20 country peer to peer entrepreneur  assistance
AFM5 Nanocredit Julian Kyula - Kenya
AFM51 Women4Empowerment - Africa, Asia, Hispanics, & 
AFM52 ITU transforantion by Toure family - other best UN foundation changes from Turner family billion dollar communications reformation 
AFM6 USADBC - diaspora association benchmarking african food security value chains
AFM61 –diaspora multi-country celebrations eg AfricaTip (AgeTip)

AFM612 Makerfaireafrica 


Learning Africa shares 2 questions with worldwide youth: Is a good news broadcaster possible? What makes a nation happy and free to spend a life in?

Investing in Africa. August 2014 saw USA discussing this openly with African leaders. Example: this sequence from GE/Economist conference and webcast 4 august



09:30 - 10:00 am
Powering entrepreneurship: Innovative solutions to address energy poverty

Matthew Bishop, US Business Editor and New York Bureau Chief, The Economist.
Mr. Ashish Thakkar, CEO & Founder, Mara Group
Dr. Mo Ibrahim, Founder and chairman, Mo Ibrahim Foundation

09:55 - 10:00 am
Economist Intelligence Unit presentation

Joseph Lake, Global economist, Economist Intelligence Unit

10:00 - 10:30 am
Building Africa’s infrastructure: Lighting up the road ahead

Matthew Bishop, US Business Editor and New York Bureau Chief, The Economist.
K.Y. Amoako, Founder and President , African Center for Economic Transformation
Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank 

June 2014- DC's largest diaspora - Ethiopia facilaites - final rehearsal of 7 days in August - the week tha tSustainability of Africa took over from DC's Beltway Lobbies..On August 5th 2014, Presidents of all African countries will converge in Washington DC for President Obama’s African Leadership Summit. The International Association of African Non-Governmental Organizations (IAAN) has been given the honor to host the Social Accountability Summit which will be held on August 7th-8th 2014 as a side event to the African Leadership Summit. The summit will be held at the Washington Marriott, 1221 22nd Street, NW. Washington DC. 20037. Please join us for this impactful event. Participants will include; African Presidents, Governors, First Ladies, Private Sector, NGOs/CSOs, the Clergy and the Youths. The topics include:

9:30-11:30 AM

Accountability and Leadership  Invited Presidents will speak on the state of governance in their various countries, what improvements have been made and what needs to be done in the future.


President Olusegun Obasanjo - Former President of Nigeria - confirmed

President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya - Invited

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM TEA BREAK

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Transparency for Better Accountability – Subject matter experts will speak on how to improve transparency in both private and public sectors.


Dr. Deji Olaore -  Governance Specialist - World Bank Group - confirmed

Susan Markhaw - USAID Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment - confirmed

H.E. Ambassador Charles Hubert-Commonwealth of Dominica - confirmed

Mr. Obong Umanah Okon-Former Secretary of State, Akwa Ibom Nigeria - invited

H.E. Ms. Angela Brown Burke-Mayor or Kingston Jamaica - confirmed

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM LUNCH BREAK

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Social Accountability and the Private Sector – Executives will discuss issues on corporate social responsibility. Specifically, how businesses address their moral responsibility to the society, particularly to the citizens of the area where they operate.


Mr. Alhaji Aliko Dangote - Dangote Group - invited

Mr. Lee Karuri - Business Leader, Enterpreneur & Chairman of Home Afrika Kenya - confirmed

Mr. Robert Brunner - Vice President Arik Airlines - confirmed

Ms. Candance Bond-CEO, ASEA Inc. - confirmed

Dr. Titilola Gonzalves - Enterprenur, CEO - confirmed

6.00 PM - 8:00 PM......


Ethiopia is DC's and MD's  most vibrant millennial african invites all diaspora to share end to end value chain models pioneering Benefit Corp partnerships in this regard; blessed coffee and rose value chain models out of Ethiopia are already world changers for huge cooperatives of small farmholders. Noah Samara, an Ethiopian MD-American launchedAfrica's first satellite and owns the continent-wide frequency for elearning see yazmi and millennial groups linked in eg AFRICATIP during DC's August 2014 celebrations of African millennials' goals. ETM 1nw 2ps 3no

South Africa (land of Mandela and inspiration of Gandhi's Satyagraha)leads world in redesigning job creating schooling for 14 million children. Started 1999 , Taddy Blecher partners include Branson Mandela elders, Google Africa,  Maharishi Institutes.summary of maharishi uni.doc, 556 KB  

South Africans are now the first to enjoy such previously missing curricula from 3rd grade as: empowerment, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, coding. Missing processes include teen apprenticeship, P2P learning, lifelong learning for small business academies. Links with lead Gandhi educators inIndia offer breakthroughs in adult reading literacy

George Soros began his journey as probably world's first open billanthropist in South Africa 1978. Note his invitations to millennial professionals: open society, ineteconomics networks. Keynsians at The Economist coined demand for Entrepreneurial Revolution of pro-youth economics in 1968 survey ofSouth Africa's future.

Youth African Society at World Bank has resources and rational optimism to linkin all young professional networks concerned with job creation Africa. These resources include:

World Summit on Youth Jobs (2nd annual Oct 2014)

Support of 1500 member African Society

Open Learning Campus

Jim Kim #2030now value chain maps and social movement

World Bank-UN millennials jobs competition (launched by Kim and Bank Ki-moon Spring 2014  for Spring 2015)

jim kim #2030now transcripts- shared with 50000 class of how to change the world MOOC

microwiki on who's M who at WB  

next world bank millennials summit 7 october 2014 washington dc-   next millennials solutions competition spring 2015

Keynsians & NMF's youthworldbanking project: 25-35 year old  (female) professionals 1 are most educated, connected ever- let reesign economics and governance to invest in their milennial goals and to sack economists who dont value jobs and livelihoods fully 

Missing in DC 1 ? - Open Education and sustained investment in Green Energy and Nature's Capital Networks. However leapfrog model of green energy for a billion off-grid has been discussed at world bank spring 2014- and reactivating Wangari Mathaai's greenbelt movement womens knowledge networking could be timely


oalternate routes 1 2 3 (Dlab 2014 wilmer)

Africa's Youth Creative Lab:

Next 3 Billion Jobsmarket

Congratulations to Wolrd Bank 1 August 2014 from Norman Macrae Foundation for Youth Capitalism research in association with world record book of job creation wash dc 301 881 1655

Kenyans have led world in open tech youth wizardryUshahidi, IHUB, Mpesa, Nanocredit, Jamii Bora banking for orphans and ending slums. Through first ladies of women4empowerment and MIT media labs they have connected partnerships with the world's most resourced technologists and open tech wizards. Additionally Ibrahim foundation prizes public leaders young african nations can trust most; Crowdfunding (eg Kiva) and Patient capital networks (eg Acumen) strong links with Kenya


Missing IN DC 2? - Movement to FreeNursing Colleges and telemedicine- However personal conversation with Paul Farmer suggests Haiti's training hospital will be his test lab for this; PIH connections with Africa are renowned in redesigning helatcare for Rwanda and for the original value chain intervention with Big Pharma regarding HIV drug innovation. IN USAArkansas was main state investment in community broadband testing of telemedicine - see FCC

African Partnerships with Bangladeshi's original microcredit-microeducation networks have many of the most scaled projects in africa regarding 1 girl apprenticeship networks, 2 ultra poor movements, 3 transferring crop science knowhow to include small producers. See eg BRAC and mastercardfoundation - Uganda; BRAC and Gates Foundation Tanzania. BRAC is world's largest and most collaborative ngo because Sir Fazle Abed regards its core as open job creating education- first WISE education laureate, 20th George Soros Open Society Laureate. Sir Fazle is committed to helping MOOC and KhanAcademy type platforms

Women4Empowerment and Fashion4Development partnerships are inspired by African innovation networks:

*Kenya's Nanocredit

*ITU Geneva currently run by Mali technolgist

Various other UN networks particularly those impacted by billion dollar change catalyst of Ted Turner family

Many first ladies across Africa & mobile telecom owners

Furthermore there are lead examples of BlackAmerican superstars leading change in cost of media in freeing life-saving grassroots solutions networks. And Sino-African basketball al stars for education link through Brookings and the HBUC funding agency Thurgood Marshall


Thanks to Naila Chowdhury 1 2  3  4   5   6   7  8   9

Youth Creative Lab is an idea inspired by Dr Yunus and 10000 Youth Ambassadors starting from his 69th birthday party in Dhaka in June 2009. Opposite to the trillion dollars a year spent by ad agencies to hollow out local jobs replication, it provides space for youth to celebrate 1000 most exciting jobs concepts- many of which need to customse multi-win Private Public Mobile partnership models to scale. NB identifying journalists and media experts passionate about jobs responsibility is opposite process to most PR lobbies and much NGO fund-raising. Also SWOT the difference if the net generation succeeds in designing internet as smartest open education media for sustaining millions of global villages and not an adjunct to the ways that tv advertising dumbed down and added to poverty by exponentially increasing costs to middle men. While Dr Yunus has been trying to embed YCL in the last 3 Nobel peace laureate summits (Warsaw 2013, Cape Town 2014, Atlanta 2015, a problem is that many of the regional elders no longer have health to ensure knowhow survives them - note Mandela's passing, Gorbachev has was not well enough to lead his east Europe conference. Nonetheless time has come for youth to map how peaceful societies through time exponentially generate strong economies not ice versa. Yunus also invites youth to viralise impossible become possible postcards to the future- see typical design case: free nursing college.

welcome to informal attempts to map youthworldbanking the millennials goals and investments way ahead -provided economist see their number 1 role the way keynes did - ie creating future of nextgen jobs while ending poverty’s broken historical and geopolitical systems wherever community is unsustainable

millennials world record job creators 10-way cataloguing legend left- jim kim gamechanging milennials journey right and lower down

wb live update Youth Summit 2014_Concept Note (External).pdf Youth Summit 2014_Concept Note (External).pdf, 327 KB rsvp if you find next update on world bank youth summit - date 7 october- this update 9 july 2014

Open Learning Campus launched by world bank aug 2014- missing curricula rehearsals 1 RISK summer 2014; climate spring2014

Urgent question from Bottom Billion: Can you help identify the greatest Bottom-Up and youth professionals networks ever mobilised -stories of  8 ABED "small beautiful, open planetwide scale absolutely essential" 


AFM1 Samara
Unlike the $100 laptop as the first product launch of the MIT media lab, Noah Samara pioneered the early 1990s launch of an African satellite with a continent-wide frequency reserved for life critical information in parallel with 2 other worldspace satellites for Asia and America. He experimented with satellite radio which turned out to be unsustainable as a life-changing information network for Africans but a highly portable medium in USA. Nearly 20 years later his company is converging all resources on satellite empowered learning ( expected tablet price $50  for built in satellite use and access to all the world's most job creating open edu
AFM10 IHUB/Ushahidi
AFM11 MIT Media Lab Africa
AFM12 MIT D-lab and Abdul Latif with Toyota
AFM121 Polak last mile multinationals africa –eg green energy and clean water distrib
AFM13 Ibrahim Foundation
AFM14 Africa24tv
TB1 Free University and Jobs Schools
TB11 Open Learning Campus Africa
AFM15 Young Africa Society –world bank ypa milennials’ goals 2.1
AFM2 Jamii Bora –end slums youth banking and partner labs
TB20 Primary financial literacy curriculum – eg Afaatoun out of Orphanages
AFM21 Bridges primary schools
TB21 Love of self- empowerment curriculum – eg Maharishi (TB1)
TB22 Coding curricula from primary up
AFM31 Kiva Africa
AFM32 Acumen
AFM33 BRAC African Girl Jobs-creating banking
AFM34 Eagri-Africa
AFM35 African health millennials www –and PIH Rwanda, Free Nursing College Africa
AFM5 Nanocredit
AFM6 USADBC - diaspora association benchmarking african food security value chains
AFM61 –diaspora multi-country celebrations eg AfricaTip (AgeTip)

AFM612 Makerfaireafrica 



AFAM1 on june 21 ethiopians (largest african diaspora around dc) are hosting a value chain development summit aimed at benchmarking how little even obama usaid has moved towards designing value chains to sustain poorest african agriculture producers -please say if you can come or would like to know the organiser


AFAM2 these women4empowerment videos 1 2 3  linked by Naila the first lady to direct grameen phone and now living in our region show why its now time to unite all superstars to change fashion industries and promote youth voices. Understanding whoch telcoms billionnaires really want to give back by promoting new levels of leadership transparency can be critica- follow eg ibrahim foundation in valuing national leaders and how friends of ibrahim have extended this to africa24tv's search for diferent sectir eladers africans can trust most


AFAM3 Re Brookings Yao Ming Chinese-African American exchanges: I would love to know eg what past commissioner of nba thinks of them - and whether hbu youth see this as a defining opportunity to join in. Also on the theme of uniting millennial movements world bank Jim Kim and UN ban ki-moon ended the spring series of millennials meetings with the invitation to any millennial to pitch before next springs world bank summits- how are we going to converge hbu students participation in this once in a lifetime DC offer


AFAM4 what these videos dont yet show  (but naila can b. rief you on) is how extreme mobile innovations originated in kenya  (such as nanocredit recipient of the IBM award of year) now offer best in world opportunities to use mobile to end digital divides- already there is an issue in usa of who would do most good with a million phone give away - I wonder whether your hbu student competition pitches would be different if that freedom was known as a currently open- there's also a very exciting opportunity for anyone to start up savings and loans circles that anna can tell you about -perhaps that would change the feasibility of that marvelous student pitch at atlanta last year of how rural colleges could start up credit unions. Kenya remains the greatest youth women world trade innovation epicentre ; Jamii Bora, ILAB, Crowdmap, Mpesa, Nanocredit to name but 5


AFAM5 more generally the calendar up to end 2015 seems to me to be the last deadline for all the potential possibilities for black youth top lead community generation that 8 years of obama could have built on; vivienne's film of obama's mama as a world leading networker of  women end poverty premieres end may in seattle


AFAM6 The 16 year open education partnership out of south africa to find and free missing job creating curriculum of entrepreneurship and empowerment led by Taddy Blecher and linking in such as Branson, Mandela Elders and Google starts a 6 weeks usa tour in late May


AFAM7 I trust that atlanta november 2015 will serve to have a full and open inquest or celebration of this issue-ultimately its over to you to tell me if there is any way I can mediate between your ways of networking through atlanta for the benefit of hbus as the others connected around yunus, ted turner, luther kings, jimmy carter, the mayor etc

AF-AM Youth world summit series -a twin capitals movement with more valye for hosts and sponsors than the Olympics Coming Next Cape Town October Nobel Youth Summit 2014; Atlanta Nobel Youth Summit November 2015 -previously one world summit 2013 (see right)

.actions in 2014 - tell us if your are helping youth  bridge nobel summit celebrating mandela legacy cape town oct 2014 and atlanta nov 2015 summit including hosting by luther king family and last operational year of millennium goals and obama empowerment..... join in paul polak network celebrations of bottom-up africa info sharing - watch out for world bank hosting more and more of youth's favorite bottom up african entreprenurs and mediators  Ashish J. Thakkar Founder, Mara Group and Mara Foundation  ... SL's Isha Sesay Anchor and correspondent, CNN ...  SL's Chernor Bah
Chair, Youth Advocacy Group, Global Education First Initiative ... UG's Nargis Shirazi
Co-Founder, WO-MAN Foundation ... Chidi Okpala Director & Head, Airtel Money - Africa

GGTWIT: mail if you too twitter good news on youth jobs creation: Videos 1  2  3 from W4E and F4D; help 20000 job creating youth celebrateAtlanta live and millions linkin- 

Best News of 2013 from our diaries of June 2013: African Development Bank and Yunus :  the AfDB along with Prof Yunus's organisation, Yunus Social Business, have launched the Holistic Social Business Movement in Africa (HSBM) programme which includes pilot projects in Tunisia and Uganda. This programme will be implemented in two phases that include awareness raising and capacity building programmes for the stakeholders in Social Business, and with the implementation of social business incubation funds. In both these countries an incubation company named as Yunus Social Business Tunisia (and Uganda) will be set up, and simultaneously a "Social Business Fund" will be established in each country. The HSBM is funded by the Japan government and co-financed by the AfDB. In the second round, social business initiatives will also be extended in Egypt, Tanzania, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Togo and Morocco.


 Mid Year 2014 Breaking News on AFAM 7 wonders -please tell if you have any good news to linkin tpo the open education curriculum of Entrepreneurial Revolution (started by my father Norman Macrae to benefit the millennial generation in 1972)







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Who are your African Idols in 2014? Taddy Blecher? Ingrid Munro? NIck Hughes? MO Ibrahim? .. One timely reason for asking: Cape Town 2014 is the last stop of the Nobel Youth Action Networks before Atlanta 2015. 2014 is also 50th year since martin Luther King's Nobel and inauguration of Atlanta's Museum of Rights. Does Mandela curriculum live on in every youth and can end -to-end African American Diaspora value exchange models help change world by and for youth ?

Colaboration Entrepreneur Research coordinates : Linkedin 9500; Nobel Peace Laureates invite Atlanta 2015 Unites Agrican American Job Creating World of Youth - S. Aftica origin of 1 Entrepreneurial Revolution Surveys in The Economist 1968; of Soros Philanthropy Cape Town 1978; Home of Mandela and 2nd Home of Gabdhi


blog with norman macrae foundation- how many of youth's 10000 greatest job creators will come from Africa? celebrate good news africa at - ask why bbc world service gave up being world's number 1 brand investigating youth and peoples futures the way africa24 now does for africans


help us log most important summits ever hosted out of africa- eg bric meeting durban march 2013 will this lauch a bric development bank and if so what will be africa's roes - guests include leaders of china and india 


.The Economist Debate March 2013 The moderator's opening remarks Mar 12th 2013 | Oliver August 

Sub-Saharan Africa has made huge leaps in the last decade. Malaria deaths in some of the worst-affected countries have declined by 30% and HIV infections by up to 74%. Life expectancy across Africa has increased by about 10% and child mortality rates in most countries have been falling steeply. A booming economy has made a big difference. Real income per person has increased by more than 30%, whereas in the previous 20 years it shrank by nearly 10%. Africa is the world's fastest-growing continent just now. Over the next decade its GDP is expected to rise by an average of 6% a year, not least thanks to foreign direct investment, which has risen from $15 billion in 2002 to $37 billion in 2006 and $46 billion in 2012.

But Africa has seen booms before, only to crash-land. Violence is still common in some parts of the continent. Corruption has not gone away and in some cases has actually increased thanks to growing commodities revenues. Proper governance could take care of this but all too often it is missing. Too much hype surrounds the rise of Africa. Boosters proclaim an "African century" and talk of "the China of tomorrow" or "a new India". Sceptics retort that Africa has seen false dawns before. They fear that foreign investors will exploit locals and that the continent will be "not lifted but looted".

Over the next two weeks we'll be debating the question: "How real is the rise of Africa?" Proposing is Wolfgang Fengler, the lead economist in the Nairobi office of the World Bank, its largest on the continent. Opposing is Rick Rowden, a development consultant who has worked as an adviser for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva and as a senior policy analyst for ActionAid, an NGO.

During their debate they are likely to touch on the role that industry will play in Africa over the coming years, how population growth is going to affect development and what part new international partners like China, India and Brazil may be expected to take. The debate will focus on the future as much as on the present. That Africa has changed in the last decade is hard to dispute, but how durable is this change?

Employment and equality are likely to be the indicators that count most. For change in Africa to become permanent, many more residents would have to earn a decent income and wealth could no longer creamed off by elites to the extent that it is now. To find out how likely that is, let's turn to our experts....










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African Experts Discuss the Region's Top Issues in 2013
Girls watch rally for Sierra Leone opposition presidential candidate Bio from their terrace in downtown Freetown (REUTERS/Joe Penney).

As 2012 draws to a close, African and global policymakers look to 2013 with optimism and hope. Anne Kamau talks to experts from five leading think tanks in Kenya, Senegal, South Africa, Nigeria and Uganda, asking them what they see as the major challenges facing their respective countries in the year ahead and how those issues will likely affect relations with the United States and the welfare of their citizens.
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paradoxically i have nore idols inafrica than any other contient but less direct contacts - how about you rsvp

Idols i have contact with
taddy blecher the person inteconnecting mandela parthers and replication of free universities out of south africa

ingrid munro - withouth whose organsaition The Eonomist would havent had the good bews mas 2012 story of kibera slum the most entrepreneurial place on earth

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1972 year that The Economist's pro-youth economics editor first sees experiments of youth sharing knowhow on a digital network and launches Entreprenurial Revolution to help map, value, invest net generation's 3 billion new jobs1984 first future history (since 1972) and(to 2024) of valuing the net generation


There is no reason why africa's peoples shouldnt be as healthily and wealthily productive as any other content - but much depends on ; empowering youth see eg ; on searching out the highest trust and most productive leaders on the continent of every industry that can shape the 21st C sustainably

Good news this doesn't need to be a lot of work and a mass media news channel is doing it and welcomes any advice you have




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latest good news of african entreprenurial revolution at our crowdmap:
  •  ethiopia how 50000 jobs created from roses;
  •  nigeria how the first flying doctor service in west africa has been built by a 25 year old lady 

 - do you have a an african job creation idol - nominate at crowdmap or tell me - networker of Norman Macrae Foundation project to connect 100 leaders of 2010s being youth's most productive decade



Melanie and everyone interested in linking accra in as major good news hub of africanidol

 - I am passionate about quickly studying the case study of CEIBs in Africa - chinese business schools have a different learning model and Accra has become their experimental centre for this- try listening to the podast at

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do you have a contact in accra who would be interested in doing some intreviews with cibs- I want to publish something in journal of new economics and have budget of $2000

if this can be a way of seeing if CEIBs will partner your april summit then all the better

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extracts of e-dialogue: Africa Local Summit, Ghana... (localizing health, economy, +) Re: dear dr alexandria and melanie Friday, 23 December, 2011 1:19

From: Melanie St James

Dear Dr. Graham, 

Please pardon my delayed response and THANK YOU for your visionary work promoting local health solutions and openness to get involved in our efforts.

While I am deeply fascinated and in deep solidarity with you on your mission promoting African medicine, to capture our immediate opportunity to create change via the African Local Summit in Ghana, to be held April 1-4, 2012 - Kumasi, Ghana, West Africa at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST),it is my pleasure to introduce my esteemed colleague and Chair / local instigator of this timely initiative, Kofi Kankam. (

Perhaps after Christmas weekend, or after the new year, we can all meet on skype?  We would be honored to share what we have planned so far and have the benefit of your vision and wisdom as we continue. My skype contact name is: melaniestjames  

Warmest wishes for a happy holiday season, 

Melanie St.James


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Currently here is the favourite concept for African Idol of world class brands network - rsvp if you may have a better concept
  • compose  song that mandela and the white house like playing; ask mandela to host a dance competition to match celebrating ubuntu with the song
  • mix the metaphors of  the end or the rainbow a 3rd millennium goals- actioning white house's star is born, along with youth world banking
  • encourage entrepreneurial revolution hubs to link to joy of economics pamphlets on consider bangladesh and consider kenya

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

DC, Rome and the joy of a few days in the diary of African Idol Rachel Ruto

Dear Natasa and Luis

POP and MOBILE POP (Preferential Option Poor)


Natasa Please could you try phoning Naila's mobile usa . Luis if you have a mobile number please could you give it to Naila


1 RACHEL Ruto 2nd Lady Kenya - Africa's most active leading lady in Preferential Option for POOR?

There are a lot of gamechanging things going on around naila and her womenempowerment networks- which (due to her experience as first female director of gramenphone) for 20 year now link the most edgy partners in how to use mobile technology to live and learn with poorest women. I have explained at 2 hour meeting naila today how unique you Natasa and Antonio are in connecting everything franciscan and truly social business around Italy and across trough Serbia and Open Society across East Europe


One exciting thing is that at last week's kenya visit Naila demonstrated the 5 billion elearning satellite  to Rachel and Rachel was so excited that she  has started to put up her own course content on it. A couple of years ago at skoll world championships moocyunus - YouTube proposed that youth should have access on elearning channels to the 50 people they most wanted to learn from to scale social movements and race to end poverty. Rachel is the first vip on her continent to also be a top 50 world change trainer to be doing Massive Open Online Collaboration on the world's largest teaching channel with outreach to 5 billion people. Moreover Rachel knows what her women students need next - eg water learning is absolutely critical  -how do we start assembling pieces of that curricula?


Rachel is a former teacher and has evolved her own womens banking movement called Table Banking which she personally goes to the villages to celebrate and train up women round. 

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JOYWO is a Kenyan registered non-governmental organization (NGO) formed to empower Kenyan women economically and enhance house-hold food security


Her curricula will become a benchmark of  women empowerment and Preferential Options for Poorest link together in Kenyan context. Since Kenya is also the world leader in nanocredit, few countries are more exciting to partner in womens POP movements that have solutions that can be shared the sustainability transformation world over. I have to assume Mrs ban-ki moon will want to meet Rachel next time Ruto is in new york since Ruto is already scaling te peoples movements not just theorising at the great and the goods summits including UN sepytember billed as greatest poverty summit UN has ever convened. She has asked Naila to be her knowledge ambassador someting I assume laura Turner will also want to linkin to (before Atlanta Nobel Summit in November)



. Rachel has asked Naila to arrange visits for her to relevant DC networks when Rachel is in DC in middle of March. 

Natasa I know you said Antonio has already worked on Ruto connected projects while he managed the Italian investment fund in Kenya

Luis we think that one way to accelerate the club round DC of catholic youth and womens empowerment workers who practice POP (Franciscan way) is if you can invite people you work with both in oas and at world bank to a customised session with Rachel. This can be relevant to anyone in DC connecting the Pope's  or Jim way across Americas  (o Africa- you mentioned that the head of global social value for jim kim is a kenyan)


Secondly on Monday 16th Naila is over in Los Angeles  to develop wat will be main issue of te SAtgo Summit inside te World Bank in August. Tis will be perfent timing (about a mont before the Pope's history making speech at Congress)  to ,link everyone in woprld bank who most practoces yout and womens empowerment and the POP { values of Jim KIm and Pope Francis. Aditionially Natasa  Armine is Armenia so the same faith origins as you and Monica Yunus. Armine is a cnofidante of Rwanda's leader Kagama and Rwanda is Partner in ealt's main country in Africa- someting Jim KIm did muc to build until e joined te world bank- and educational epiecentre for te deep sorts of comunity elat trianing bneeded in every african country so ebola never spreads agian. Armine is also on te boarrd of the ITU  the one wing of the UN that as becopme a bencmark for extreme change. Basically any first lady that gets ITU and does poorest vilage empowermenyt work is one that Naila's aims to make sure Mrs Ban Ki-Moon links in and that the TRurner family celebrates as best impacts from teir billion dollar investment in making UN more empowering to partner


Any ideas on how temes of Atgo summit at worlkd banmk in August can linkin all te tings we are most urgently trying to embed sould be urgently sared iwt Nails


I write this particularly to Natasa as she translates for Antinio. None of our Rome connections could have happened without Bernardo in Chile. Luis from Peru and Ana from Columbia have spent most of tis millennium linking in youht empowerrment networks across Americas. I ave aked tem to study te OP boook of dialogues between Paul Farmer and Guiteriez


They have some breaking news about a very special guiest  will be at their Panama youth summit in the second week of April but I would rather they tell that to you when they have made sure that Youth get as much time with the guest


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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Participants at the World Export Development Forum (WEDF), which will be held in Kigali, Rwanda, will have the opportunity to hear expert views from entrepreneurs, policymakers and representatives of trade support institutions on how both new technology and traditional sectors can help promote growth. Rwanda 16-17 september 

Among the confirmed speakers at the event is Ashish J. Thakkar, Founder of Mara Group, which has activities ranging from real estate and tourism to financial services, information and communications technology, renewable energy and manufacturing. The company operates in 18 African countries and has a foundation to support emerging African entrepreneurs.

Tapping online, mobile markets
Experts working in emerging sectors, such as electronic commerce and mobile technology, will speak about the potential for economic growth in these areas.

Among those with success stories to tell are Maurice Kagame, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Pivot Access, a Rwandan company that helps people to pay their electricity bills online and through their mobile phones. The company is now launching a new service that allows patrons to provide real-time feedback on service at restaurants, hotels and transport companies. There is also Yves Eonnet, CEO of the mobile-payment provider Tagattitude, which operates in more than 30 countries, and Josiah Mugambi, Executive Director of IHUB Kenya, a technology innovation community for investors and technology companies.

Linda Kwamboka, co-founder of the software company M-Farm, is also scheduled to speak at WEDF. M-Farm’s mission is to turn the subsistence-based model of farming to agribusiness by providing farmers with price information via text messages and mobile web to allow them to make better-informed business decisions.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Conference launching World Bank Young Africa Society

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The World Bank Group-IMF Young African Society, with the support of the AFRVP, organized and hosted last week’s inaugural Africa Youth Forum which was held at the World Bank on July 31, 2014. The Summit was attended by Jin Yong Cai, Vice president of The World Bank Group (WBG) and CEO of IFC; Makhtar Diop, Vice president of Africa Region, WBG; representatives of EDS13 and EDS25, Senior Staff at the World Bank Group (Claudia Maria Costin, Senior Director for Education, WBG; Robert Hunja, Director for Governance Practice, WBG; Anabel Gonzalez, Senior Director for Trade and Competitiveness, WBG; and Vera Songwe, Country Director for Senegal, WBG); Government officials such as his Excellency Mamadou Diarra, Minister of Youth and Civic Education of Mali; Mrs King-Akirele, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Liberia; members of the State Department such as   Ambassador Robert P. Jackson, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary For African Affairs; 70 YALI fellows (Young African Leaders Initiative); Mamadou Toure, President of  Africa 2.0; and representatives of the Youth from the Washington Metropolitan Area. Comments were received live from online participants.

Based on the rich and fruitful discussions from the event, this memorandum seeks to: (i) memorialize and crystallize the most pertinent issues affecting African youth today in the areas of entrepreneurship and employment, education, health, and good governance; and (ii) recommend possible solutions and plans of action.

For the purpose of this forum, we considered youth to the age group ranging between 15 and 35 years old.
(See attached file: YAS Recommendations general.pdf)
Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship· Some data: According to a survey done by ILO in 2012 (see annexes for more details), young people were asked why they could not find jobs; 28% of them said they looked but couldn't find anything and 29% said they don't feel like they are prepared/ have the work experience for the job they want. 8 in 10 jobs are in the informal sector.

· Governments across Africa need to recognize the fact that recent research findings (World Development Report) show that in the next 15 years, the global economy needs to create 600 million new jobs to keep up with the world’s population growth. The failure to deal with the challenge of chronic unemployment and intense poverty can be the source of social and political instability.

· Strengthening domestic markets is key for job creation and to the development of a middle class in Africa. The private sector should be given the enabling environment to thrive and grow locally so as to take its place as the driver of employment creation and allow the youth in our countries to feel that their future is in Africa.

· There is a need to re-conceptualize the approach to entrepreneurship in Africa. Emphasis needs to be placed on innovation and the deployment of today’s resources to creating businesses capable of solving developmental challenges in Africa.

· A balanced approach to youth employment requires the development of the formal and informal sector with emphasis on boasting the skill sets of the informal sector through the training and empowerment of youths that are involved in this sector. The promotion of entrepreneurship should form the agenda for the dialogue on youth employment and empowerment with all efforts geared towards creating cohesion between policy and practice. Entrepreneurship should not be seen as the solution to all problems in the region but any strategy should incorporate it. The challenge remains the adequacy between academic training and the market’s demands.

· Local governments should create more accessible platforms to boost information flow and data and discussions between youth and government officials, development partners and the private sector.

· So far, social entrepreneurship is one of the most effective concept, where youths come together to address social issues or advocate for their peers (inmate empowerment, orphans, etc.). Youths’ dynamism could help gear the government into developing this area of focus.

· Technology and innovation should be highly considered as important tools for market assessment and screening. Various examples in Asia demonstrate the ingenuity of young people in various fields. Using technology in the private sector can advance the development of African countries, by providing needed services in innovative ways while making profit (please refer to the annexes on youth employment from ILO for more details).








Education· There is a need for stakeholders (donors, governments, civil society organizations and the private sectors) to promote investment in education, in order to prevent the perpetuation of poverty. Investment in education here, involves not just formal education but also informal education with emphasis on vocational education, basing parameters of success on results and outcomes.

· In advancing the issue of educational empowerment, there is the need for a strategic approach to promote the acquisition of skills that equip African youths for effective leadership. The education of African youths must be approached from a holistic rather a narrow perspective of just academics.

· There should be a conscious effort to create a smooth transition from school to work. Efforts need to be focused on how to gear education towards empowering the youths with the relevant knowledge that they can apply in solving societal needs and challenges.

· Despite budgetary constraints, there should be a conscious effort on the part of government to invest wisely in education based on the peculiar needs and challenges of the community. Developmental expectations must be matched or anchored on adequate preparation and planning based on accurate and cogent data.



Health· Access to adequate health services and facilities continues to be a major problem in Africa.  High rates of HIV/AIDS, exposure to environmental hazards, and stigma of mental health need particular attention.

· Proactive and preventative approaches are needed towards disease, as opposed to emergency reactive approaches.  For example, in the case of epidemic outbreaks such as Ebola.

· Mental health is an issue that should be taken more seriously by governments and it is also part of the issue of motivation in Africa. Social determinants of mental health are same of other issues: adequate housing, good quality of education, good wages (young people), and equitable access to health care. Mental health should be part of our educational programs.

· Governments need to re-prioritize health, as it is an investment into human capital.  Infrastructure investment alone, without a healthy, educated workforce and populace, will not yield the desired development and modernity African countries are striving for.



Good Governance· Youth engagement is crucial to good governance, as the youth will be the future leaders – they must take on challenges of corruption, job creation, and natural resource management.  Need for more transparent and youth inclusive governance policies in sub-Saharan Africa.

· Technology could serve as a mean to strengthen governance on the continent. Integrating technology to provide accessible data is needed to measure impacts and progress and address the lack of accountability.

· Governments and political parties should encourage African youth to become stakeholders, take action, and participate in the decision making processes of their countries.



Next Steps
The World Bank Group-IMF Young African Society looks forward to working closely with the World Bank Group and IMF to use the preceding issues and recommendations as a starting point to develop a formal agenda and action plan,, geared towards the uplift of African youth.  It is our hope that we can empower African youth by isolating the issues they face and formulating effective solutions by leveraging all of the available resources, networks, and expertise at our disposal. The WBG-IMF Young African Society proposes to organize its next Youth Forum during the annual meetings in order to discuss the conclusions that have been made both from the Africa Youth Forum on July 31st 2014 and the Africa Summit on August 5th and 6th 2014.

· Note from ILO on Youth employment in Africa

(See attached file: African Youth Forum 2014 ILO Remarks.docx)

· Presentation from ILO on Youth employment in Africa

(See attached file: African Youth Forum 2014 EZ presentation FV.pptx)

· Presentation from World Bank Group on Jobs in Africa

 (See attached file: WB Africa Youth Forum July 2014 .pptx)

· YAS forum booklet

(See attached file: Africa Youth forum 2014 bio.pdf)

· YAS brochure

(See attached file: YAS brochure.pdf)

· Final Agenda of the Forum with the list of participants

(See attached file: WBG-IMF African Youth Forum Agenda July 31st 2014.pdf)
· A link to a video with comments and recommendations from Youth (including YALIs) that attended the forum : 
· To replay to the forum you can use the following link:  

Cleared and cc: Mmes/Messrs. Elikia Kamga Nenkam and Yvonne Kirabo (Co-Presidents and Founders of the YAS)

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Monday, August 11, 2014

The 7 billion humans responsible for planet earth - as the 21st Century comes of age - are faced with 2 sustainability challenges: is spending more on communcations than anything else a good idea? can the types of communications the 20th century used to power over people be replaced by empowering media that leads to jobs and the entrepreneurial joy of lifelong learning?

Africa may now be the best continent on earth for sharing 2 questions with worldwide youth: is good news broadcasting possible? what makes a nation happy and free to spend a life in?

Noah Samara, is an Ethiopian who spent his time as a student in california asking the question: what empowered European peoples to leapfrog out of the dark ages.? His conclusion : no single magic bullet but a range of innovations in communications. It was this belief that led Noah to gift African peoples a satellite with a common frequency across the continent for sharing life-changing information.

Mo Ibrahim probably made more money from telecommunications than any African. Today his foundation searches for public servants who lead their country to a better place for all their peoples. And it aims to share its lessons with educators of every age group. Meanwhile a former colleague has co-founded the satellite broadcaster Africa24tv whose reason for being is to employ 100 journalists to look for industry leaders who can be trusted to be building Africa by and for Africans. What will a best for Africa pharma industry look like? How could jobs across Africa gain if there was an IBM of Africa or if the next google was born in Africa? Is Africa already making progress in designing world-leading schooling for jobs?


 mediators of economics of sustainable growth

*jobs - capital's (structuring of family savings) investing in youth out of every community

*ending poverty and loss of voice on future of 3 halves of the world

*public servants of end inequality - purpose of new media, purpose of religious service obama, kim, pope, walesa)

* global village search for each trillion dollar market's most productve local purpose

Africa24tv has a lot of work for its journalists to mediate- arguably even more urgent and valuable work than when The Economist was founded in 1843 to publicly test decision-making of leaders of the industrial revolution and the future potential of Comonwealth? 17 yeass after raising these freedom questions out of Lndon's Saint James, Svot James Wilson was asked to start reforming Raj systems out of Calcutta. This was not a good job for James who died of diarrhea 9 months into life in Calcutta but it is a shining example for all of us of the difference between the goodwill mediator of economics who seeks to free the higher purpose of any market in sustaining all peoples, and those  journalists or economists with less transparent or more seflishly short-term monetary interests. 

Interestingly, the journalists of Africa24tv are assigned to 6 Africas- recognising the diversity of future histories that the continent will need to converge if it is to be a happy region as a whole to spend a life in as well as one celebrating joyful national progress. Note how Mo Ibrahim chose to test American understanding in Aug 2014, it may be that the Cold War era was one in which our peoples suffered even more unsustainable impacts on nationhood than the era of colonisation. The plea: do not send us corporate or inward inestment partnerships now unless their purpose is for long-term win-win trades (especially empowering local people with knowhow), Goodwill economics maps will be those that value helping peoples of Africa entreprenurially grow their freedoms and happiness the way the USA used to celebrate in the D of I of 1776.

1:58 am edt 

Friday, August 8, 2014

MB Alumni
Naila thanks to all for the wonderful meeting yesterday

1 i dont know if MB (search learning)  is going to be in new york during un week sept 22 on; if so would it make sense to try and arrange a meeting between her and sir fazle abed

the event (October 9) process she was talking about was founded by new york based
-its an exclusive once a year meeting is turned into videos- in every year but one these were hosted out of california; in one year they were hosted out of tanzania- the african who acted as main host of tanzanian ted is new york and boston based

george soros has been trying to mooc economics from ground up but not too successfully imo so far-i wonder if these connections could be made: out of budapest (soros central european university) -june 2013- soros appointed abed 20th open society laureate; soros hosted paul farmer of partners in health; clearly young eureopeeas east and west have more future if soros economics is freed than if we continue to have macroeconomics systems and banking designed out of brussels and moscow

ted-x now licences citizen groups to host their own ted festivals- 

2 at the end of this spring 2014 video
of ban-ki moon and jim kim - they announce a millennials competition for millennials- i wonder if maya is involved with that and whether a mooc could be made of millennials ideas that need accelerating; this could be connected with a new catalogue of which un networks now collaborate with youth and women from bottom up after the billion dollar restructuring by the turner family

best , job creation agent
still trying to find out more about next steps with samara and taddy blecher and sunita gandhi- ideally they would know how to connect with open learning campus
11:42 am edt 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Co-Presidents, WBG-IMF Young African Society (below); YAS wishes for africa at this 2 minute youibe by Lebogang Botswana, Percy S.Africa,  Manamadou Mali,  Aurielle Cameroon, Adegboyega Nigeria, Ndidiamaka Nigeria, Tsegahwot Etiopia,  Cedric Cameroon,  Eugene Tanzania,



Yvonne Catherine Kirabo

YvonneYvonne Catherine Kirabo is the Co-President and Founder of the WBG-IMF Young African Society. She also works at the World Bank Group as a Business Management Officer in the Information Technology Finance Line of Business. She started as a Junior Professional Associate (JPA) at the World Bank Group working for the Corporate Solutions office in the Information and Technology Solutions vice Presidency in January 2012. She served as the organizational management chair of the JPA Organizing Committee and Lead Chair on the Youth Summit Organizing Committee 2013.

Ms. Kirabo’s professional and educational backgrounds span the diverse disciplines of Project Management, Education, Business Analysis and IT. She mostly worked as a Database Systems lecturer at London School of Commerce, interned at the United Nations in New York City as a researcher and analyst on technology strategies for development in DPKO in addition to working as a strategy consultant for John Snow Inc.

Ms. Kirabo holds a BSc in Computer Engineering and Networks from Kharkov National University, Ukraine and an MSc in Information Science from University of East London, United Kingdom. She has been published in the Guardian and has received several awards including the World Bank’s Spot Award.

She is a national of Uganda and spent her childhood in Kampala, Uganda and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Experience and demographic identity have driven Ms. Kirabo’s passion for Youth inclusion and development. She has been involved in several platforms including the Arab Youth Platform, established in 2013 in Saint-Marsel, France for promoting Youth inclusion and participation.[/toggle]


ElikiaElikia Kamga Nenkam

Elikia Kamga Nenkam is the Co-President and Founder of the Young African Society. She also workd at the World Bank Group as Junior Professional Associate (JPA) in the Transport and ICT global practice ore precisely in the Transport unit of the Africa region. Ms. Kamga Nenkam current position in the transport unit of the Africa region gives her field knowledge of issues that Young African’s are currently experiencing in countries such as Tanzania, Senegal, Burkina Faso and other sub-saharan African countries. This experience fostered her desire to continue supporting Young Africans by founding the WBG-IMF Young African Society.

Ms. Kamga Nenkam professional and educational background s spans the diverse discipline of Project Management, operations, communication strategy and financial analysis/markets.. Prior to the Worldbank, Ms. Kamga Nenkam was working for one of the Top asset management company in Europe, Amundi Asset Management in Paris, where she assisted product specialist and fund manager in the selection of global picking, raw materials stocks and Luxury stocks. Prior to this, she worked at Natixis investment securities in Paris were she supported equity research analysts in the field of agribusinesses, beverages and consumer staples.

Ms. Kamga Nenkamholds an MSc in Risk and Investment Management and a Master in Mangement from EDHEC business school. She is the author of a research paper on Risk model and Foreign Direct Investment in Third World Countries

She is a national of Cameroon and spent her childhood in Douala, Cameroon. Her passion for development and for entrepreneurs empowerment led Elikia Kamga Nenkam to Found and serve as president for 2years of the Micro Drilling Project renamed later Develop which objective is to foster development in sub-saharan Africa through micro-lending. Elikia was also involved in Scola Africa an NGO that provided school supplies to remote villages in Bobo-diolasso, Burkina Faso [/toggle]



9:53 am edt 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Bravo Noah Samara - Gifetr of Africa's Free satellite now mainly at, DC and Ethiopia 


I had always wondered what happened that catapulted Europe from a period of dark ages and what comparable experience could we do at African continent level -that could help enrich the continent - and I had this naive view that there would be this one thing or another but for the most part instead UCLA gave me an insight into the power and the role of communication, the power and the role of education, the power and role of spreading knowledge and how that impacts change


 BRIEF ON NOEL SAMARA- from Top 10 Research of Book of Record Job Creators,

Norman Macrae Foundation - Youth Capitalism


Interviewer Nunu Wako : Noah Samara can you tell me a little a bit about yourself so that people can see if they want to partner your goal?
NS: I was born in Ethiopia to and Ethiopian mother and a Sudanese father. I grew up in Ethiopia to the 9th grade and then went with my dad who was working with African Unity - the whole family moved to Tanzania for 2 years, came back and completed high school at Addis Ababa ( English School ).
Then went to England and the States (Pennsylvania and UCLA California) studied for a number years various things finally studying law then space law which took me satellites- and satellites have been most of my career. (However before I got into law my phd in california was on renaissance reformation history- I had always wondered what happened that catapulted Europe from a period of dark ages and what comparable experience could we do at African continent level -that could help enrich the continent - and I had this naive view that there would be this one thing or another but for the most part instead UCLA gave me an insight into the power and the role of communication, the power and the role of education, the power and role of spreading knowledge and how that impacts change
I think growing up in a diplomatic household exposed us not so much just being in another country (the people of that country) but also the circles that our family moved in exposed us to people from Canada and from Germany and from Asia and from the Middle East as well as various African country - and that certainly gives you  perspective of a bigger world that a a world of a single culture. But also growing up in a family my father from sudan, my mother from ethiopia, my father was a teacher in his early years - so my family exposed us to cultures , to religions , to languages- so I have always grown up thinking about the world as a wider larger lace that can accommodate a lot of different cultures not one that excluded one culture or oppresses another
WORLDSPACE emerged from a series of events, I was working for a friend and mentor and a partner and a layer who was practising space law, and I joined him as I was finishing law school, and later on joined a company called Geostar which launching unique type of service which ultimately led to the explosion of GPS - Geostar was the pioneer of position based information. So I gained a measure of experience of how to go about getting frequencies and I was emerged with various companies seeking different kinds of service and requirements from US government and internationally. My job title at the time was Staff Attorney and Global Coordinator (or some wonderful title) which basically said I was to coordinate the frequency allocation for Geostar but in process of doing that I met many other companies with parallel needs and learnt a lot about the whole area of space law, whole area of telecommunications FCC regulation, and the International Telecommunications Union that regulates frequencies for global networks. Essentially I helped geostar getting the global frequencies allocated for its services. It was an experience which made me popular for a few years with other companies who wanted me to consult on doing similar ting for them.
But I soon got a bit bored and at that time I read an article in The Washington Post at about how HIV was becoming a deadly epidemic oh huge proportion-so the question raised was what to do to avoid it. The article went on predict that the epidemic would be worst in Africa - the main reason being lack of communications infrastructure across the continent. (Interviewer How did you decide to be a pioneer in satellite radio? Actually that was more a process of elimination. I thought the article was predicting a tragedy of holocaustic proportion- so why cant we just put up a satellite and broadcast the necessary information across the continent to know about this scourge. And what to do to avoid it
But one thing led to another: I thought this same satellite can do this and that, there are so many things that can be done if one was to put a satellite above  continent which at that time was highly deprived of information. That was the beginnings of what ended up being satellite radio. I went into radio at that tie because television was a very expensive thing to expect it to spread whereas radio at the time was widely in use by families across Africa . So we thought radio would spread faster. There were precedences too of companies already broadcasting to small hand-held devices like GPS - so if you could do GPS you could do radio.

Fast Forward 20 Years. As things turned out a profitable satellite radio model Syrius was found for usa. This has enable us to restructure- today we have the pan-africa satellite frequency and its all going to be focused on elearning satellite enable tablets- whole the hardware bought massively will cost 50 dollars- the one open education system this can beam in is now the most massive open partnering challenge a continent youth have ever been invited to play - check it out at 

Further references:
corporate partner vision brochure

story abridged from 50 min tv show of nunowako

millennial labs comparison -startups early 1990s
richest out of boston: negropronte founds media lab and $100laptop - note cost to connect extra

samara founds continent wide satllite, social product satellite radio for freedom of information; service ends up profitable in usa finacing relaunch 2014 of satellite channel across africa linked in bt 50$ laptop

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One perspective of Africa comes to DC week 

 Wednesday, July 30


 CCA Power Africa Working Group - "Navigating the Power Sector inEthiopia" (Houston)


 BCIU African Leaders Visit to Chicago Welcome Reception


 USTDA African Leaders' Visit Welcome Reception (Houston)

Thursday, July 31


 Atlantic Council's The US-Africa Leaders Summit: A Preview


 BCIU Dinner on Transportation in Africa (Chicago)

Friday, August 1


 USTDA African Leaders’ Visit: Luncheon and African Leaders Energy Briefing (Houston)


 BCIU Breakfast Discussion on Business Opportunities featuring African Leaders (Chicago)


 Corporate Council on Africa Power Africa Working Group

Sunday, August 3


 Believe in Africa Day's US-Africa Summit High Level Dialogue


 DC Africa Festival

Monday, August 4


 IPPF's Breakfast conversation on Global Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights


 U.S.-South Africa Business Council's U.S. - South Africa Business and Investment Forum


 “The Game Has Changed: The New Landscape for Innovations and Business in Africa


 Corporate Council on Africa Business Forum


 Atlantic Council: Morocco’s Emergence as a Gateway to Business inAfrica


 Corporate Council on Africa's Power Lunch


 U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Presidential Plenary Discussion


 Diaspora African Forum Foundation's African Diaspora BridgeBuilders Awards Dinner

WhenMon, August 4, 5:30pm – 8:30pm

WhereWashington Marriott at Metro Center775 12th St NWWashingtonDC,United States (map)

DescriptionWHO: Diaspora African Forum Foundation WHAT: The AfricanDiaspora Bridge Builders Awards Dinner

Tuesday, August 5


 African Summit Symposium on Science, Technology and Innovation for Development in Africa


 Growth and Opportunity in Africa Forum


 Atlantic Council's A Conversation with Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki


 Corporate Council on Africa's African Ministerial Networking Reception

Wednesday, August 6


 National Endowment for Democracy's African Civil Society Conference


 Atlantic Council's Investment and Ingenuity: Overcoming Obstacles to Doing Business in Sub-Saharan Africa


 Presidential Dinner Discussion featuring President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

Thursday, August 7


 IAAN Social Accountability Summit: "Call to Good Governance"

Friday, August 8


 Presidential Luncheon with H.E. John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana


 IAAN Social Accountability Summit Grand Ball


 Presidential Dinner with H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of theRepublic of Kenya

Saturday, August 9

» 2:00am

 IAAN Social Accountability Summit Grand Ball

7:34 am edt 

Saturday, March 16, 2013

From Skoll

Up For Debate

Q: What Does it Mean to be an Entrepreneur in Africa?

The future of Africa and the next generation of entrepreneurs are among the many global issues being addressed this year at the World Economic Forum, to be held January 23-27. In advance of the convening and to aid the discussion ahead, the Skoll World Forum partnered with the Financial Times' This is Africamagazine and designed a debate at the strategic intersection of Africa and entrepreneurship. We asked some of the continent's leading entrepreneurs and innovators to highlight some of the key lessons they learned working across and for Africa.

Subsistence Must not be Confused with Entrepreneurship

Lanre Akinola 

Editor of This Is Africa, Financial Times Ltd.

For Africa, Entrepreneurship is the Way

Taddy Blecher

Community Individual Development Association and Maharishi Institute, CEO


Article Highlights:

  • Several economies in Africa are growing at an extraordinary rate.
  • There is a rising entrepreneurial spirit on the continent, in the wake of greater political stability and reduced war.
  • In South Africa, new mobile technology strategies are being used to educate the youth and to promote entrepreneurship.

Something extraordinary is happening in Africa. In the wake of enhanced political stability and reduced war in many countries, it is clear that a vibrant spirit of entrepreneurship is kicking in with vigor. Between 2001 and 2010, six of the world’s ten fastest-growing economies were in Africa and the International Monetary Fund predicted that between 2011 and 2015, African countries will hold 7 of the top 10 spots. Many people think this growth is fueled purely by a commodity boom – shipping raw materials to the east and elsewhere. Interestingly enough, this accounts for only one third of the growth; the rest can be put down to genuine value creation, fueled by the spirit of entrepreneurship very much alive on the continent. Many also argue that its easy to cite high growth figures off a low base. Nevertheless, the growth levels being seen were certainly out of the ranges of prediction of many social and economic commentators even a decade ago.

However, all is not rosy on African soil. Several of the world’s poorest countries exist on the continent, and hundreds of millions of people ache under the yoke of poverty every day. If one considers the plethora of issues to solve: poverty and malnutrition, health crises, corruption, crime levels in certain countries, and so on, one can throw up one’s hands. At the same time, African populations are growing rapidly. It is expected that by 2040, the total African population will be the largest in the world, surpassing both China and India, further exacerbating these problems. Jobs are not keeping pace with population growth rates and issues of unemployment acutely affect the growing ‘youth bulge’ across the continent, which has implications for political stability across the continent, as has recently been witnessed by many of the northern Arab States.

The real solution for Africa is being driven every day by African people themselves – human creativity and hard work, the spirit of entrepreneurship and the creation of small businesses in their millions – leading to job creation, enhanced socio-economic stability, and the consequent benefits of greater purchasing power, which buys quality education and healthcare. In this way, millions have come from poverty into the middle class. Further, with the growing consumer classes, population growth rates–if harnessed correctly–will prove to be a major demographic dividend.

Harnessing this dividend requires the development of two key drivers simultaneously: the demand side and the supply side. The demand side requires nurturing the fire to build a thriving business sector, that is in turn hungry for talent. Stimulating the supply side requires the stocking of a quality skills base that can provide this talent to meet the growing demand for goods and services. For this particular article, I will focus on the demand side.

It is essential to recognize that the backbone of every African economy is in fact small business, usually organizations with less than 50 employees. They are not large domestic businesses, multi-nationals, or ‘overstaffed’ governments. In South Africa, in the formal sector alone, nearly 70% of all people employed in the country are employed full-time in small businesses. If the informal sector is added, this would take the figure to 85%-90% of all employment. In other words, small businesses are the backbone of the economy and the employer of millions. Therefore, it is in the removal of obstacles facing these small businesses, and in the creation of an enabling environment, that in fact the future of unemployment will be determined.

Creating this conducive environment for business is where government needs to step in, or ‘step out’ when it comes to the removal of red tape, and to the creation of a conducive policies. It is also essential to create a social compact for Government and Business to work together.

South Africa provides a unique example of how such a platform for engagement has been created where social partners can engage on issues of mutual concern. This forum is known as the Human Resource Development Council for South Africa, and is led by the Deputy President of the country. It consists of senior decision makers from all sectors of society. The Council is focused on resolving the problems facing education and skills development in the country, and has identified the fact that youth unemployment levels, particularly amongst black African youth, at over 50% are unacceptably high. As a result, amongst other interventions, it has agreed that urgent action must be taken to strengthen entrepreneurial activity in the country to build the ‘demand side’. The Council has appointed a Technical Task Team to develop a set of recommendations in this regard, which I am fortunate to chair.

“Many people think the economic growth in Africa is fuelled purely by a commodity boom – this accounts for only one third of the growth; the rest can be put down to genuine value creation, fuelled by the spirit of entrepreneurship very much alive on the continent.”

Our team is currently investigating a variety of ways to strengthen small business, including the delivery of entrepreneurship curriculum in schools, Further Education and Training Colleges and Universities, as well as interventions to support the small business sector directly.

I will dwell on one innovative approach, which through a collaboration of partners we have enlisted, has begun implementation with excellent results to date: a ‘National Virtual Incubator’ (‘NVI’). The NVI is a national intervention being built as a genuine public-private partnership.

We have identified that the best way to reach and support the millions of small businesses across the country is through mobile technology and the mass media. In South Africa there are more than 60 million mobile phones amongst the 52 million population, and across Africa there are now well over 600-million mobile phone users. Our National Virtual Incubator is focused on providing most of the support services that our country’s physical business incubators provide, but directly to the entrepreneur’s pocket. Currently, 33 physical business incubators have in total supported only a few thousand businesses over the past decade, whereas the ‘NVI’ we believe will be able to support millions of small businesses. By using mobile technology to provide services such as access to free business education and training, support for any business to build its own free website, access to finance and financial advice, online coaching and mentoring, free master-classes, and a host of other support tools under development, small businesses–wherever they are–can access quality services in real time. We are developing partnerships with a growing number of public and private sector organizations like Google, Vodacom, Internet Solutions, Pearson’s Books, Regenesys, University of Cape Town, and others in order to facilitate the development and delivery of these world-class services.

The strategy is starting to pay off: already nearly 50,000 small businesses have created free websites using the ‘wozaonline’ tool created by Google, which is having a measurable impact on their revenues and employment levels. Additionally, over 100,000 people accessed the Regenesys Business School website during the first 3 weeks when we opened access to all the learning materials for free (textbooks, videos, manuals, notes) for an accredited and registered MBA, Bachelors Degree in Business, and other degrees. We are hopeful that we will assist at least 1 million small businesses to employ at least one million youth across the country over the next five years. The National Virtual Incubator, amongst many other solutions being developed, will help stimulate the already growing entrepreneurial levels in the country, and we hope to share our learning’s across the continent.

Ultimately, it will not be through government, foreign aid or bi-lateral agreements that a nation gets on its feet, but as we say in Zulu – vuk u’zenzele – get up and do it for yourself. Africa has the resources, the land, the people, and hence the possibility to get it right. Entrepreneurship, along with the pre-requisite education and skills levels needed, is going to be the glue that holds it all together.

9:29 am edt 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Many of MIT's most exciting student entrepreneurs networkinto Africa including the following

For More of Norman Macrae Foundation's favorite picks at MT see
1:55 pm edt 

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Ed Board of The new harvest

Agricultural Innovation in Africa Project
Project Director and Lead Author
Calestous Juma, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University,
Cambridge, USA
International Advisory Panel and Contributing Authors
John Adeoti, Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research,
Ibadan, Nigeria
Aggrey Ambali, NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency,
Tshwane, South Africa
N’Dri Assié-Lumumba, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
Zhangliang Chen, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region,
Nanning, People’s Republic of China
Mateja Dermastia, Anteja ECG, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Anil Gupta, Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable
Technologies and Institutions, and Indian Institute of Management,
Ahmedabad, India
Daniel Kammen, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Margaret Kilo, African Development Bank, Tunis, Tunisia
Hiroyuki Kubota, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Tokyo
Francis Mangeni, Common Market for Eastern and Southern
Africa, Lusaka, Zambia
Magdy Madkour, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt
Venkatesh Narayanamurti, School of Engineering and Applied
Sciences, Harvard University, USA
Robert Paarlberg, Wellesley College and Harvard University, USA
Maria Jose Sampaio, Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation,
Brasilia, Brazil
Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Policy Analysis Network, Tshwane, South Africa
Greet Smets, Biotechnology and Regulatory Specialist, Essen, Belgium
Botlhale Tema, African Creative Connections, Johannesburg,
South Africa
Jeff Waage, London International Development Centre, London
Judi Wakhungu, African Centre for Technology Studies, Nairobi,
Project Coordinator
Greg Durham, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University,
Cambridge, USA
3:13 pm est 

Friday, December 24, 2010

jamii bora google zeitgist

• Z2010
 From Philipinnes journalists
 In an internet report dated July 16, 2009 submitted by Danielle Dumm, he said: “Armed with hand-held POS (Point of Service) devices, Jamii Bora’s staff can connect clients to services at branch locations and in the field. Each member of Jamii Bora is issued an identity card embedded with a biometric reading of their fingerprint. To deposit or withdraw funds, Jamii Bora staff simply swipe the biometric card on the POS, open the member’s account and record the transaction. To confirm and authorize the transaction, the Jamii Bora member must press their thumb to the POS machine and a receipt is printed for the member’s records. All POS transactions are logged by a central server and reconciliation takes place at the close of each and every business day.

This system is more high-tech than that of many commercial banks around the world, and yet, it is brilliantly simple and perfectly suited to the needs of Jamii Bora and its members. There is no need to remember pin numbers or be fully literate. The POS model also allows for real-time transaction processing and overall cost-savings, both of which are pivotal to the organization achieving financial sustainability and growth.

FT London

12:41 am est 

hi Nii - looks like an interesting event ;  am particularly interested in celebrating kenya's jamii bora and lesley's hub connections thru africa- lets have a coffee in dc in new year if you have time

also wonder how londoners can mobilise blair's promise to african century 
chris macrae bethesda 301 881 1655

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Alibaba founder Jack Ma unveils ambitious plan

Mission: 100 million new jobs

By Dana McCauley

He already runs the world's biggest online shopping company, but Alibaba founder Jack Ma is not satisfied.

The Chinese billionaire has unveiled an even more ambitious plan to expand the company's reach across the globe, creating 100 million new jobs and transforming the global economy to create a more equitable world.

It may sound pie-in-the-sky, but the goal forms part of mission statement of the US$261 billion company's visionary executive chairman.

In a letter to shareholders, Ma outlined Alibaba's achievements of the past financial year - including a gross merchandise turnover of more than $195 billion (1 trillion RMB), an "unprecedented" figure - before looking to the future.

"We have more than 430 million annual active buyers, which means one out of every three individuals in China has made a purchase on our retail marketplaces," Ma wrote.

But, he said, while proud of Alibaba's online shopping achievements, "we want to do far more", saying that the benefits of globalisation had not been spread evenly, but that "digital disruption will bring us closer to a level playing field for young people and small businesses".

"We are not merely trying to shift buy/sell transactions from offline to online, nor are we changing conventional digital marketing models to squeeze out a little additional profit," he wrote.

"We are working to create the fundamental digital and physical infrastructure for the future of commerce, which includes marketplaces, payments, logistics, cloud computing, big data and a host of other fields."

The Alibaba group of companies, founded in 1999, accounts for 60 per cent of all Chinese online sales, and this year overtook Walmart as the world's largest retailer.


It has made Ma the second richest man in Asia, with a net worth of US$28.5 billion.


It's through cloud computing that Alibaba aims to expand its reach, and the company has been investing in the technology as part of a strategy that sees shoppers' data as the contemporary equivalent of mineral riches.

"Over the next 30 years, with computing power as the new 'technology breakthrough' and data as the new 'natural resource,' the landscape of retail, financial services, manufacturing and entertainment will be transformed," Ma wrote, forecasting a decades-long period of transformation.

"The internet revolution is a historical inflection point, much like when electricity was introduced, and it may have an even greater impact," he predicted.

Alibaba's mission, he said, was to "empower merchants with the ability to transform and upgrade their businesses for the future" and "help companies all over the world to grow".

"We believe, the commerce infrastructure we have created in China - marketplaces, payments, logistics, cloud computing and big data, all working in concert - can be applied on a global scale to lift up small and medium businesses and ordinary consumers around the world."

Eight years after launching, Alibaba Cloud hosts 35 per cent of Chinese websites, while delivering cloud computing and big data services.


Ma said Alibaba was constantly adapting to the changing e-commerce environment, as staying at the forefront of innovation was key to its continued success.

"In the coming years, we anticipate the birth of a re-imagined retail industry driven by the integration of online, offline, logistics and data across a single value chain," he said.

"With e-commerce itself rapidly becoming a "traditional business," pure e-commerce players will soon face tremendous challenges."

A shift to mobile revenue was one such change, he said, with mobile climbing from a single-digit percentage to three-years of total revenue from Alibaba's Chinese retail marketplaces, in the space of two years.

"This is why we are adapting, and it's why we strive to play a major role in the advancement of this new economic environment," Ma said.

Innovations like Alibaba's Qianniu app, which helps online businesses to improve sales and marketing while enhancing efficiency, were an example of the type of projects the company aimed to focus on.

"In 20 years, we hope to serve two billion consumers around the world, empower 10 million profitable businesses and create 100 million jobs," Ma said, adding: "This will be an even more difficult journey than the one behind us."

LISTEN : Newstalk ZB Political Editor Barry Soper speaks to Andrew Dickens on KPMG Early Edition

Mr Ma - who's worth around $50 billion - met with John Key in Beijing late yesterday. He made his money through founding the online commerce platform Ali Baba.

Standing alongside the Prime Minister, he heaped praise on the country, which he says is loved by many Chinese.

"At least 20 of my colleagues retired from Ali Baba. They're all very young, in their 40s, they all go to New Zealand."

"I asked what they do apart from the golf and green things and they say it's the people there."

It wasn't all social, with the Chinese billionaire also talking business.

Jack Ma told the entrepreneurs luncheon Kiwi businesspeople find it difficult to access the Chinese market.

Mr Ma said he wants to make that easier with his multi-platform organisation.

"We have Ali Baba University. We would either have courses in New Zealand or invite the entrepreneurs in New Zealand to stay in China for two weeks for training."

"The second is that we're going to open an Ali Baba business embassy next year in New Zealand."

John Key is in China meeting business and political leaders.



Innovation "Made in China" - The Case of Alibaba and the role of Net-based Small Business

Innovation is a key driver for economic development and social progress and small business is one of the best ways for people to express their willingness and capability to innovate.  Pervasive business ownership has, therefore, been the foundation in many societies for the continued improvement of people’s economic wellbeing. In the People’ Republic of China, however, private business ownership was prohibited between 1957 and 1978. Productive innovations were extremely restricted and as a consequence, China’s economy was on the verge of collapse by the end of 1978. The Chinese people had suffered a historic setback.

Alibaba’s growth, driven by unleashing grassroots entrepreneurship, has become an exemplar of China’s innovation in the 21st century.  Started by 18 young people in 1999, Alibaba has grown into a giant global internet platform and has made many invaluable contributions to China’s progress. Highlighting the importance of pervasive small business ownership in unleashing grassroots innovation and improving economic wellbeing, Professor Lowrey will discuss Alibaba’s innovative strategies and explain the economic theory behind its inspiring success.




Dr. Ying Lowrey is Professor of Economics at Tsinghua University and Deputy Director of the Tsinghua Research Center for Chinese Entrepreneurs, and a member of the Academic Committee for Alibaba Group Research Institute. Her teaching and research interests include economics of innovation and entrepreneurship in the internet and platform economy, the modern microfinance market, business demographics, characteristics of business owners, and the role of free enterprise and competition in the macroeconomy. 

She received her economics Ph.D. from Duke University, economics MA from Yale University and mathematics BS from Wuhan University. Before joining Tsinghua University in 2012, she served as senior economist at the Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration and has taught economics at George Washington University and San Diego State University.


Selected publications 




Founder of Ali Baba commits his work for Chinese on internet to generate 100 million microentrepren…chris macraeNov 23, 200950 views

Founder of Ali Baba commits his work for Chinese on internet to generate 100 million microentrepreneur jobs in 2010s - who else would you vote at the centre of 100 million job creation leagues?
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unlike oiher years spent with bangaldeshi inspired youth, i spent 2015-2016 mainly with a class of chinese female students - what brilliant minds and tirelss sources of human energy - i hope this summary of why the whole world can celebrate what jack ma is doing is near to the mark - but as always look forward to editing any errors which are mine alone washington dc text 240 316 8157
was english language tutoring

In 1995 he was sent to the usa on an exchange mission and encountered the worldwideweb - then unknown in China. He determined the www would be the biggest job creating innovation of his (or his generations) life and hopefully of every Chinese entrepreneur he could valuably link into.

Over the next 15 years his wizard coding teams went from something that was little more than an electronic yellow pages for small businesses to conceiving sustainability generation's 2 greatest retailing platforms china or the world may ever have seen..

the taobao platform is the most valuable job creating concept retailers have ever mediated because it reverses the western trend of globalisiation of retailers, bankers and big corporations squeezing out local and small enterprises from having a market; how taobao did that is an extraordinarily detailed story but note how Ma was concerned to ensure even the most cut-off of Chinese villagers could start up on tao bao (rural ecommerce is one of the innovations that Ma has led the www purpose to linkin)

His other mall was pitched at the more usual high cost fashions of big global merchandisers. Because of complex property laws in chinese cities, most expensive retailers are not much of a joy to shop in. So ali baba created a lifestyle -eg celebrate singles day 11/11 shopping virtually rather than the physically exhausting interaction in The West's biggest shopping days of the year)

SO 365/24/7 consumers of ali baba can choose who they value developing most with their purchasing power as well as searching merchandise with global image or local cultural joy

Alibaba has become china's and probably the word's largest retailing channel. It does this with next to no merchandise but brilliant coding so that every store front on its platforms delivers with equal reliability. Hunting out exactly how Ma forms partnerships so that big data analysis benefits the smallest enterprises and most local consumers ought to be a job of whomever is sustainability goals greatest economist.

Intriguingly to ensure he could compete with the chinese internet companies that raced to co-create the www that Ma had opened space for in china, Ma IPO'd Alibaba through a process 2010-2015 while developing his secret sustainability weapon under private ownership. AlIpay is china's number 1 financial inclusion delivery system and maybe global youth most humanly productive coding achievement to date.

Comparing china's top 10 internet properties with the west's is very interesting. Are the consuming behaviours on ali baba more sustainable than those on amazon or ebay or paypal? Are the learnng behaviours on baidu more sustaining of youth than on google or coursera or microsoft's linkedin. Time will tell but note how speaking english, chinese and coding (as well as mother tongue) are probably what educators anywhere on planet earth should NOW be most valuing their global youth's future freedom to thrive entrepreneurially around.

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