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Positive change and initiative have always been the driving force behind progress, and among the places that need this kind of attitude are areas of Africa.
Twaweza is a ten-year citizen initiative focusing on large scale change in East Africa. The name means “we can make it happen” in Swahili. The main focus of this initiative is to give millions of people relevant and usable information with which they can influence a change from the “bottom-up”.
Tactics do not include working on small, individual projects, but rather reaching out on a large scale, through mass media, mobile phones, religion, teachers and consumer goods. Through partnerships they achieve a mutually beneficial relationship with their partners allowing them to be a part for the bettering of lives of ordinary people.
Founded four years ago by dr. Rakesh Rajani, Twaweza has already formed key partnerships with organizations across Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda and adapted to best serve the needs of the people.
Twaweza has a strong online portal, and is active not only in mass media but also on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.
PNB Awarded New Grant by Blackstone Charitable Foundation
Recently Blackstone has dedicated a total of $1.6 million through their second annual grants Program that targets entrepreneurship and innovation entrepreneurship in areas hardest hit by the global economic crisis through many organizations like PNB.
The Aspen Institute’s Partners for a New Beginning (PNB) focus on generating opportunities for less fortunate entrepreneurs in the Levant and North Africa since 2011, and it has been awarded a total $125,000 from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation.
PNB will select 10 high-impact tech entrepreneurs representing PNB countries and link them with US entrepreneurs, experts and investors for a week, in which an intensive training will be provided. This will also give some entrepreneurs the chance to find more resources and financial support.
One of PNB’s success stories is “Ibn Khaldoun Exchange Program” in the Maghreb.