Partnering for Change
Tigo and Reach for Change are supporting changemakers
We are proud to have Tigo (Millicom) as the Regional Senior Partner for Reach for Change in Africa. Together with Tigo, we identify and support social entrepreneurs with innovative ideas to transform the lives of society and children in the region. Since 2011, together we have invested in these entrepreneurs by giving them organisational funding worth $25,000 every year for at least 3 years and mentorship. In 2013 & 2014 we impacted the lives of over 1 million children.
Together we are currently supporting 37 Changemakers in 6 countries in Africa namely, Ghana, Rwanda, Tanzania, DRC, Chad and Senegal. The program in 2014 evolved to focus on digital innovations and solutions, for children and society. For Tigo, supporting digital social entrepreneurs aligns well with their strategy to create a digital transformation in Africa. As one of the most dynamic digital lifestyle brands, this flows down to everything they do, including their Corporate Responsibility initiatives.
Tigo strongly believes that local solutions from Africans are the best way to effectively combat poverty and other socio-economic problems pressing our continent today. This is why Tigo has for many years been deeply involved in addressing challenges faced by children and society in Africa through different community engagement projects in partnership with government institutions as well as non-governmental organizations operating in the country. As the regional senior partner, Tigo contributes not only funding, but also helps implement the program and supports the social entrepreneurs with technology and expertise.
For more information about Tigo, visit www.millicom.com
MTG and Reach for Change are supporting Game Changers
Modern Times Group (MTG) is an international entertainment group with operations that span four continents and includes free-TV, pay-TV, radio and content production businesses. MTG is one of the co-founders of Reach for Change and in 2014, stepped up the collaboration with Reach for Change by launching local social initiatives to improve the lives of children in Tanzania and Ghana.
In this collaboration, TV1 Tanzania and Viasat1 Ghana searched for local Game Changers to win a place in the Reach for Change incubator plus financial support, professional coaching and media space to gain recognition for their initiatives. Together, Reach for Change and MTG are supporting 10 Game changers in Ghana and Tanzania, 2 winners and 8 finalists. MTG does this because they care for about the communities they operate in.
MTG wants to be part of making a positive change for the future and believes that one of the best ways of doing so is through helping children in their education and development. MTG is also a company with deep entrepreneurial roots, and wants to help new entrepreneurs to make societies better. They are passionate about responsibility, and want to contribute to a positive change in society. By engaging with Game Changers, Reach for Change and MTG can give social entrepreneurs the right tools to develop their ideas and business cases. Additionally, by putting the Game Changers in the spotlight, we can inspire others to make their ideas a reality.
For more information about MTG, visit www.mtg.com
Bayport and Reach for Change are supporting innovative teachers
Bayport Financial Services (Ghana) 'Bayport' is a Non Banking Financial Institution, with subsidiaries in Ghana, South Africa, Zambia, Uganda, Tanzania and Botswana. Bayport is a senior partner of Reach for Change in Africa. In 2014, Bayport and Reach for Change Ghana launched BAYPORT TEACHER INNOVATION COMPETITION which seeks to identify and support teachers in Ghana with innovative ideas that can improve education for children.
The program looks for innovative teaching solutions that will contribute to improving education for children and youth. The selected teachers will receive support to develop and then scale their ideas to become financially sustainable and reach as many children as possible. They will receive grant prize of up to GHS 7,000, plus advice and coaching and their progress will be monitored over a period of 1year to ensure they meet agreed targets set for the year(2015). This year 9 teachers will be selected to join the support program and 13 teachers will receive small grants to continue growing their initiatives.
Supporting social innovation strongly resonates with Bayport Ghana’s values of responsibility, empowerment and innovation as they care very deeply about the welfare and success of teachers who are equipping future generations to succeed. It is a delight to partner with an organisation that can invest and celebrate the innovative teachers of Ghana who work hard to teach our children by helping them spread their ideas to help even more children. Bayport believes that the solutions to some of the problems education in Ghana face will come from innovative teachers who understand the issues deeply and have creative solutions and the entrepreneurial drive to make a big change happen in education.
For more information visit: www.bayportghana.com
Unicef, EU and Reach for Change are supporting social innovators
In 2015, the world will take stock of the progress made against the Millennium Development Goals. We will realize that, in spite of the overall development progress in Ghana and elsewhere, there are many children who have fallen even further behind. Old challenges have combined with new problems to deprive many children of their basic rights in all aspects of life. UNICEF Ghana strongly believes that we need new ways of thinking and different ways of doing things, for adults and for children. That is why Late last year UNICEF Ghana, the European Union and Reach for Change launched a competition called iIMAGINEghana.
The competition aims to find and support up to 10 local social entrepreneurs and innovators with ideas that will impact children’s lives in the areas of Education, Child Protection, Health & Nutrition, Water Sanitation and Hygiene and Voice and Youth Participation. Up to 10 social entrepreneurs will receive a needs-based cash grant and support from the Reach for Change incubator programme to develop and expand their idea. In addition the selected social entrepreneurs will receive mentorship through the Reach for Change incubator. Certainly, there are many of them out there in Ghana. The incubator programme will try to find them and support them, to create real change in the lives of children who need it most.
To find out more about the iIMAGINEghana competition please visit reachforchange.org/iimagineghana
To learn more about UNICEF Ghana please visit www.unicef.org/ghana/
To learn more about the European Union please visit www.europa.eu