Extreme poverty is defined as living on $1.25 or less a day. In 2010, 414 million people were living in extreme poverty across sub-Saharan Africa. According to the World Bank, those living on $1.25-a-day accounted for 48.5 percent of the population in that region in 2010. The Factors that causes extreme poverty ranges from lack of enterprise development, health to education, water and sanitation, hunger, power crisis and human right abuse. Author P.J. O'Rourke noted on his trip to Tanzania for his book Eat the Rich that gravel was produced with manual labor (by pounding rocks with tools), where in almost everywhere else in the world machines did the same work far more cheaply and efficiently. He used Tanzania as an example of a nation with superb natural resources that nevertheless was among the poorest nations in the world. We are seeing the emergence of a robust private sector led by young local entrepreneurs, whose rapid adoption of emerging technologies continues to boost the continent’s growth potential. Advances in information and communication technologies offer new business opportunities for young Africans. From the backyards of Nairobi, Kampala to Accra, youth-led initiatives are bringing the latest technology to fields as diverse as education, agriculture, power-energy (electricity) and health. However, for a continent with so much potential, Africa risks missing out on growth opportunities if there is no framework and funding grassroots innovation.
Global volunteer foundation's 12 weeks Institute for Social Innovation is a full immersion program in social innovation and social entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan, targeted toward entrepreneur and students who value collaborative, sustainable approaches to community development. Students will be placed in rural communities in Ghana, where they will work side-by-side with local communities to identify and co-create products and services that provide innovative solutions to social challenges.
Global volunteer foundation facilitates community immersion and long-term local partnerships that advance sustainability and meaningful impact. Global volunteer foundation uses an asset-based approach which means it does not focus on what the community needs or lacks but rather emphasizes what resources the community already have, and how it can best leverage those assets. Program participants called scholars, embark on a journey to put into practice leadership skills, intercultural communication and creative problem solving. Student teams research, develop business ideas and come up with business prototype together with local entrepreneurs. They are then given start-up funds to start the business jointly with local entrepreneurs, creating opportunities for communities to grow and thrive. The ultimate goal of the program is to learn through collaboration and start innovative social business to tackle social issues and attract impact investors to invest in social businesses. Global volunteer foundation is working to defeat extreme poverty and social problems through social entrepreneurship. We team up passionate young people from around the world with budding Ghanaian entrepreneurs to work together for 12 weeks, launching sustainable new businesses that tackle local problems and change lives. We are building a team of exceptional young innovators to eradicate extreme poverty in sub-Saharan Africa through social entrepreneurship.
This is a remarkable opportunity for anyone wanting to develop outstanding entrepreneurial skills, get a hand on experience on start-up and consultancy experience. Manage an international development project and above all embark on a life changing journey.