UNU-IAS Events Promote Youth Entrepreneurship in Africa


  • 2016•09•07

    In late August 2016, UNU organised a forum and workshop in Nairobi to promote the role of youth entrepreneurship in sustainable industrialisation in Africa.

    The focus of the Youth Entrepreneurship Forum, on 28 August, was “Catalysing the Next Generation for Africa’s Sustainable Industrialisation”. Held as a side event of the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), the forum brought together some 120 people, including young entrepreneurs and researchers. It was organised by UNU in collaboration with the Government of Kenya and the African Development Bank (AfDB), the forum

    Keynote speeches by Akinwumi Adesina (President, AfDB) and Sicilly Kariyuki (Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, Government of Kenya) were followed by a panel discussion. In his closing statement, Kazuhiko Takeuchi (Senior Vice-Rector, UNU) endorsed recommendations by young entrepreneurs and researchers to pursue collaboration for the promotion of sustainable industrialisation in Africa.

    The Africa Youth Entrepreneurship Workshop, held prior to the forum on 25–27 August, was organized by UNU-IAS, the University of Nairobi, and the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Public Policy – Global Leadership Initiative (GPSS-GLI), with the support of AfDB. Participants, including 30 young entrepreneurs and 25 young researchers from Africa, heard lectures, engaged in group discussions, and visited the factory of a Kenyan entrepreneur. The workshop’s conclusions and recommendations — which included (i) developing a collaboration network, (ii) expanding and increasing the number of business incubation centres, and (iii) developing and testing entrepreneurial training courses to be hosted by African higher education institutions — were subsequently presented at the Youth Entrepreneurship Forum.

    The events were part of the UNU-IAS Education for Sustainable Development in Africa (ESDA) project, which promotes capacity building for sustainability in the region by supporting development of three collaborative master’s degree programmes established by eight African universities.

    For more, see the news story on the UNU-IAs website.