“In September 2010, international organizations, heads of state, celebrities and specialists gathered to review progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)…set in 2000 to achieve eight anti-poverty goals by 2015. In the midst of the coverage of these grand events, high profile attendees wined, dined and debated the relative merits of each MDGs plan, while the actual “poor,” were not invited to these elite events.Project Diaspora decided to change perceptions about the poor by building the Villages in Action platform whereby the voices of the poor can be heard. On November 27, 2010, the first conference was held in a village outside Masindi, Uganda. The goal of this one-day conference was to showcase the grassroots efforts driving economic development and improving the lives of the community – all with little or no assistance from international aid organizations. In January 2012, Villages in Action partnered with GirlUp in a tweetchat that enabled these eight rural Ugandan girls to share their questions with the world spurring a conversation that reached over 1.5 million people (including Ivanka Trump) and generated over 4 million impressions on Twitter. This truly demonstrates the power of social media to amplify a message, empower girls and hopefully open up their world such that they aspire to leadership positions.
NYU Heyman Center Philanthropy 3.0 Speaker Series: Mobile & Micro Philanthropy
NYU Heyman Center Philanthropy 3.0 Speaker Series:Mobile and Micro Philanthropy How mobile is helping to elevate African voices and causes Presented by Liz Ngonzi April 11, 2012 Follow me on @LizNgonzi
“Until the lion has his or herown storyteller, the hunter willalways have the best part of thestory."~ Ewe-mina ProverbFollow me on @LizNgonzi
“Umuntu Medias Mimiboard will enable and improve trade and communication on a hyper-local level in Africa.” ~ Umuntu MediaFollow me on @LizNgonzi
MPrep brings education to themasses through SMS- based learning. Follow me on Follow me on @LizNgonzi
Through thisinitiative, Africanyouth were able to share photos and videos depicting the effects of climate change on their respective communities. Follow me on @LizNgonzi
The M-PESA Mobile Paymentsystem enabled Kenyans both rich and poor to participate in this campaign to assist their fellow countrymen, affected by the famine.
During the 2012 Villages in Action conference in Uganda, 10 villagegirls were able to share their viewsabout their community, in a globaltweetchat that reached 1.5 million people.
Image: Source:M-PESA Agent Image: http://www.reuters.com/article/slideshow/i dUSTRE55000D20090601#a=1African Woman on Mobile Phone: http://www.afribiz.net/content/the-rise-of- the-global-african-youth-consumerThe Kafue Daily: http://umuntu- media.pressdoc.com/31643-mimiboard- to-boost-african-trade-on-hyper-local- levelMprep: http://textmprep.com/mPrep2/How_It_Wo rks.htmlConnect4Climate Homepage Screenshot: http://www.connect4climate.org/KenyansforKenya Homepage Screenshot: http://www.kenyansforkenya.org/Villages in Action Website Screenshot: http://villagesinaction.com/ Follow me on @LizNgonzi