Daily Archives: October 19, 2015
Deemed as the generation to bring prosperity to the African continent by founder of the African leadership academy Fred Swaniker, the Afree generation are paving the way to purposeful business within Africa. Lead by generation Y, Afree generation is a combination of social leaders and entrepreneurs who create businesses and inventions that tackle social issues within their communities. As stated by the African Economic Outlook, the African youth forms more than 60% of the continents population with only 45% accounting for the labour force. In an interview with Segun Olagunjo the head of Entrepreneurial Leadership Factuality at the African Leadership Academy, he explains that the African youth is driving the rise of social entrepreneurs because of the fundamental framework of young people continuously dealing with social issues on a daily. The role of Maslow’s hierarchy falls into play, ‘young people are tackling social problems because that’s what they need to do to survive’. The under 30 generation did not grow up with the structure of school and the certainty of finding a job after graduation. However with that spared in mind, young people are forming an alternative outlook to creating their careers and businesses. Inventions such as the Cardio pad, Africa’s first mobile system to transmit a cardio signal over mobile network , engineered by Cameroonian Arthur Zang who is 26, paints a picture of how young social entrepreneurs are combining innovative ways of thinking to solve everyday issues within their surroundings. The cardio device allows for heart examinations such as electrocardiogram to be performed in remote rural areas in Cameroon. The shift in the Afree gen’s perspective on traditional business and problem solving sees the youth creating possibilities of transformation in areas that have been stagnant to modern change.
By Ronald Chawatama: Animus Sustainability Portal
IMF Executive Board Concludes 2015 Article IV Consultation with Tunisia