“ The Africa our generation desires can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it is ours” The Harambe Bretton Woods Declaration April 19, 2008
What brought us together? Dream & Piece of Paper Conceived by Two Students : Prince Soko, Okendo Lewis Gayl e Developed by a Growing Cadre: Taf Mbanga Rosie Osire Lanre Aina Olivia Mukam Yonas Beshawred Halima Hima The Alliance
Shared the Frustration of a People
Sensed the Opportunities of our Time
Embraced the Responsibility of our Generation
What do we seek to accomplish? The Challenge Opportunities Needs
Over 100K Diaspora Students
Over 200K Diaspora Professionals
Working in corporations and institutions such as: Microsoft, GSK, KPMG, World Bank, Google,
Copious amounts of Natural Resources
Millions of Dollars in Remittances
Billions of Dollars in Aid
Infrastructure Transportation Medical Agricultural Food Distribution Educational Communication Entrepreneurship Leadership Banking Imagine if we could correct the inefficiencies of our collective action . Imagine if we could build a bridge to connect the vast opportunities of our continent, with the urgent needs of our people. Imagine if we could capture and channel Africa ’ s global intellectual capital towards a sustained, strategic and concerted development of the Sub-Sahara.
What do we seek to accomplish? Theory of Change The more Africans get involved in the solution making process, the more likely we are to obtain the results desired by our generation. Global Knowledge Flow (GKF): New breed of professionals who, are able to contribute their skills to various projects around the world. Crowdsourcing: Leveraging mass collaboration, enabled by Web 2.0 technologies, to achieve a specific goal .
Can this be done? The Harambe Experience: 2 Miraculous Years (January 2008 – January 2010) 85 Official Harambe Endeavor Alliance Members
Mt. Washington Resort
Africa Investment Corporation
10 African Embassies in US
US Chamber of Commerce
Mobilized African Students in
Over 40 Universities, including
World’s Top 5
All 5 continents
18 African Countries
Arguably the most powerful network of the next generation of African professionals , anywhere in the world. 136 Friends and Partners based in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa
What’s being done? Harambe Country Action Teams Harambe Ethiopia Harambe Ethiopia is leveraging the resources and capabilities of Ethiopia’s global intellectual capital to help address major challenges in the financial sector.
Harambe Incubator for Sustainable Agricultural and Rural De velopment [HISARD]. HISARD connects bril liant, innov ative agriculture students at Obafemi A wolowo Un iversity with resources in the form of capital and partnerships with relevant government, business, academic and civil society organizations to help maximize the agricultural production of local farmers and communities.
Harambe – Guinea Harambe-Guin ea aspires t o be the backbone of a gricultural, e ducational, and entrepren eurial develo pment in Guinea. Harambe Ghana Business Plan Competition modeled after the Yal e50K , Promoti ng Social Entrepreneurship in Ghana . “ Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Dr. Margaret Mead
Harambe Cameroon First Year – Assessment (2008) Problems Identified
There is a large number of skilled, creative and innovative minds in the country - A talent pool of young adults, studying in colleges and universities and making their first steps in the formal and informal sectors of African economies.
“ We will check our road and the nature of our battle...” - Harambe Bretton Woods Declaration
Unfortunately, as evinced by the staggering number of unemployed young professionals across the nation, the vast majority of these potential entrepreneurs are unable to translate their skills and assets into commercial ventures for the benefit of their communities.
If Cameroon intends to be competitive in the global economy , it is imperative that there be a conscious effort to equip its youth to think innovatively, act locally and connect globally.
Transforming our problems into Opportunities!
Officially Launched: November 12 th, 2009 at Royal-Co, Bastos – Yaoundé.
6 Active Members (in country): 4 university students from University of Yaounde I and II, 1 Engineer from L’Ecole National Supérieure Polytechnique (ENSP), and the Founding President - a Johns Hopkins University 2009 Alumnus.
Three Interns(in country): 3 American students – 2 from Dickinson College, and 1 from Georgetown University.
2 Active Cameroonians leading Harambe-Cameroon (USA): University of Michigan, University of Maryland-College Park
Harambe Cameroon Second Year – Implementation (2009-2010) Through its Social Entrepreneurship Program, Harambe-Cameroon will provide a platform for Cameroonian students to propose innovative and sustainable ideas that could potentially have a multiplier effect in their communities
What has Harambe -Cameroon done so far? The Problem Solvers Competition – 90 seconds to Convince When? On Friday, March 5 TH 2010 Harambe Cameroon hosted the First Social Entrepreneurship competition in Cameroon. The event took place at Mt Febe Hotel and mobilized about 120 people. Who? 18 Candidates competed, from 7 Universities and Institutions in Yaoundé (for the pilot project), from first year, to Masters, and BAC+5. How? They presented a range of project ideas including solutions to waste management, magazines targeted to teenagers, infrastructure and employment for disabled people Why? - To tap into the idealism and creativity of Cameroon’s youth. - To showcase potential feasible and lucrative social enterprises.
An Elevator Pitch Contest.
A brief overview of a project- idea .
The pitch is so called because it can be delivered in the time span of an elevator ride.
Goal 1: Change the paradigm as it relates to entrepreneurship and competition among Cameroon’s youth. Picture Source : http://www.superchefblog.com/images/incubator.png
What was the result of Harambe-Cameroon’s first competition? THE TOP-3 WINNERS The First Prize– Mr Abdou Yianinyi Njoya, BAC+5, Development Management – CIFADDEG. Project: FUN RUBBISH. As the title suggests, this project will incite people to have Fun with Rubbish. He proposes a system of recycling inspired by the Cameroonian Flag: Green – For organic material, Red – For Plastic, and Yellow – For Glass. Mr Njoya will make his project sustainable by selling each type of rubbish to interested parties . The organic will be sold to famers, as manure and fertilizers. The plastics will be sold to local manufacturers that recycle plastic. The glass will be sold to the Brasseries du Cameroon (Brewery Company). With the leverage of Harambe-Cameroon, Mr Njoya will be able to tap into the network of business man and corporations Harambe gathers, to support and fund his project. The 3 rd Prize: Mr Jules Edang, BAC+4 , Development expert, CIFADEGG: Project : A Fried Plantains&Eggs Fast food on college campuses that will employ students . This Fast food will be a practical and feasible solution to the problem of unemployment of university students. It necessitates minimum seed funding to start off the business. The Second – Mr Frank Betote, Masters in Management, UYII. Project: Methods to address the scarcity of tomatoes. Problem Identified ? The scarcity of tomatoes in the Cameroon market. Why is it a problem? It’s an indispensable cooking element in the average Cameroonian’s kitchen/ Tomatoes have multiple virtues for good health. Proposed solution? Increase the production and variety of tomatoes/ Strategies? Propose new varieties of tomatoes on the market/Identify propitious zones for the harvesting of tomatoes/ Motivation? A customers’ market with a high demand for tomatoes. Prizes were sponsored by the United States Embassy in Cameroon
Our Plan of Action? 4 COMPETITIONS Per YEAR ( March, June, Sept, Dec) Each competition will be planned as follows:
Our Plan of Action? Building Effective Synergies
Goal 2: Empower the individual by providing necessary training and skills development that will allow them to translate their ideas into ventures for the benefit of the community.
Various entities have shown interest in partnering with Harambe-Cameroon to train the students, and help implement their projects; Notably:
The Ministry of Employment,
The Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises,
The National Employment Fund.
Specialized menu of support resources and services. In partnership with Business Development Service Providers (BDSP), Harambe-Cameroon will provide seed funding and tAechnical expertise for the implementation of the Best Problem-Solvers projects Business Coaching Administrative services Technical support Advisory services Fund sourcing / Seed money
Goal 3: Provide a support network comprising of students, mentors/experts, NGOs, businesses , and government agencies.
Community & NGOs HARAMBE INCUBATOR University Students Applied knowledge Service Learning Government Policy Entrepreneurs Information Access Working Professionnals Business & Corporate Partner Capital Internships Entrepreneurs Skilled Labor Customers Mentoring & Advice Currency & Innovation
Capture the passion of a generation and translate it into action through the opening up of opportunities.
Engage Cameroonians, both within the country and in the Diaspora to find effective engagement in the social and economic development of Cameroon.
Capture Inspire Engage
Inspire a generation of young leaders and entrepreneurs who see problems as opportunities in need of solutions and have the poise and wherewithal to engage others to create long-lasting social impact .
“ ... In the end, the Africa our generation desires can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it is ours..” - Harambe Bretton Woods Declaration
JOIN THE MOVEMENT
You can say you contributed financially to the success of this promising endeavor.
Your funds will go towards the Youth Fund:
Provide seed-funding for viable youth projects
Cover Harambe-Cameroon’s administrative and logistics costs.
We ask for contributions from 10.000FCFA ($20) per individual, and 50.000 ($100) per companies/businesses.
Out of the Country: Click on the DONATE button on our blog: harambecameroun.blogspot.com
In country : Contact us by email or phone to make your contribution. (We accept Check or cash)
There are three types of people:
Those who make it happen.
Those who watched what happened.
Those who wondered what happened.
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Identify and Build strategic partnerships in your community .
e.g University scholarships, Business Plan competitions, social enterprises etc.
4. Share your skills with the team
Business coaching, translation, web designing…
5. Organize a Fundraising event for Harambe-Cameroon in your community. (Amongst Cameroonians, African associations, etc)
Complement our efforts to establish a vibrant generation of Cameroonian entrepreneurs.
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