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Australia's YGAP launches operations in Kenya

By Standard Reporter | Published Mon, April 16th 2018 at 13:30, Updated April 16th 2018 at 13:38 GMT +3

NAIROBI, KENYA; YGAP, the largest impact entrepreneur investor in Australia, has launched operations in Kenya targeting to impact a million lives in the next two years.

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The organisation plans to support social entrepreneurs impacting persons living in poverty.

Speaking during the launch event, YGAP Kenya’s country director Carol Kimari noted that the organization, through SPARK, the impact arm of YGAP, has within the last three years impacted 272, 184 lives through the accelerator program citing the quest to impact a total of 1 million lives over the next two years with social entrepreneurship programs.

Rather than imposing the organisation’s perceived solutions on a community, YGAP through the accelerator program scales up local leaders who have developed their own solutions.

At the launch, YGAP Kenya showcased the 2018 accelerator program graduates who pitched their solutions to the audience for a chance to obtain further support.

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Whilst gracing the occasion, HE Ms Alison Chartres, The Australian High Commissioner spoke of the fresh approach the Australian Government is taking towards aid programs.

‘The Australian Government is also taking a fresh approach - not just in matters of policy and programs within Australia but also in our approach to our foreign policy objectives, and in the delivery of our aid program. A clear example is the establishment of the innovationXchange in 2015, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s work to supporting social entrepreneurship at a local level. The InnovationXchange (iXc) is about experimenting, partnering and learning.

It builds on innovation capability, improving more lives by adopting cross-cutting themes (such as science and technology), approaches (for example systems thinking) and tools (for example digital inclusion). One of our iXc activities was to support a study (UTS Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing Report), with the University of Technology Sydney Business School to find out what new mechanisms might allow Australia to do aid differently.’

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