The Department of Public Information (DPI)’s Africa Renewal interviewed Rita Kimani, 25, one of the UN Young Leaders for Sustainable Development to help promote the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) among fellow youth. Through her initiative, FarmDrive, Rita uses data analytics and mobile phone technology to connect smallholder farmers with lending institutions in rural Kenya. The company developed a mobile phone app which is used by rural farmers to track their revenues and expenses and also apply for credit or loans. Through Farmdrive, Rita helps bring the youth voice to engage in the design of programmes, specifically in the Agricultural sector. More.
The Department of Public Information (DPI)’s Africa Renewal interviewed Samuel Malinga, 26, who founded Sanitation Africa in 2015. The youth-led company engages in turning human waste into briquettes for cooking and agricultural manure. For his innovative approach to waste management, Samuel has been recognized by several organizations, including the Tony Elumelu Foundation, a philanthropy that awarded him a grant to expand his operations. In 2014, Ventures Africa, a business and lifestyle publication, listed him as one of the 40 African innovators to watch. Samuel recently visited the United Nations Headquarters in New York to share his experiences and to participate with other sixteen young leaders to draft a one -year-plan on how to advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals to ensure their achievement by 2030. More.
The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) is piloting innovative approaches that could be crucial to promote youth employment and inclusion in Least Developed Countries. In Senegal, UNCDF is partnering with mobile network operators and local partners to design, test, and manage a micro-franchising network to help young entrepreneurs seize economic opportunities in the digital financial services ecosystem. Through this model, UNCDF will support Access to Finance (A2F) to small and medium-sized enterprises with the potential to employ large number of youth, but also de-risking youth with financial service providers. More.