East Africa

Wadhwani Foundation launched its two key Initiatives, ‘National Entrepreneurship Network’ and ‘Global Skills Network’ in East Africa in March of 2016. The goal is to strengthen the high growth entrepreneurship and skilling ecosystem in East Africa. This includes Kenya and the neighboring countries of Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Ethiopia.

WF NEN in East Africa:

WF NEN develops the ecosystem for new entrepreneurs through supporting Entrepreneurship Education. It also facilitates the Startup & SME eco-system through furthering their access to knowledge, mentor and investor resources.

Over the last decade, WF NEN has demonstrated a highly successful and replicable model that facilitates entrepreneurship and job creation through partnerships with colleges and universities, entrepreneur support organizations, and mentor and investor community in several countries.

The scalable model of WF NEN, its resources and IP are contextualized for emerging economies and regions. WF NEN works in entrepreneurship in Kenya through its partnerships with relevant entities. It has just signed a partnership MoU with the University of Kenya to support the introduction of entrepreneurship education to thousands of students. WF NEN is looking to expand its partnerships in Kenya and the region.[…]

WF GSN in East Africa:

Wadhwani Foundation launched its Skills Initiative, the Global Skills Network (GSN) in the East Africa region to support the development of stronger and skilled workforce. WF GSN believes that skilling for sustainable entry level jobs is critical for the advancement of a strong workforce. The focus is on enhancing the quality of teaching and training so that more students can be work ready for the jobs in the economy.

In Kenya, Wadhwani Foundation has signed a MoU with the TVET State Department in the Ministry of Education to help thousands of youth in the Youth Polytechnics in Kenya. Additionally, WF GSN is also focusing on supporting the development of stronger vocational teachers who can improve the quality of training through the use of modern learning tools including eContent.

In Uganda, WF GSN has signed MOUs with the Luigi Giussani Institute of Higher Education and the SOS Children’s Villages Uganda to support job oriented training for hundreds of students. WF expects to expand its support to other relevant organizations and bodies in the next few months.[…]