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OUR IMPACT 2017

Unleashing the power of social entrepreneurship & innovation to create a better Africa for children & youth.

All across Africa, there are so many brilliant and passionate individuals who have the potential to transform our continent. What if we could focus that energy on the single most important thing there is, to develop social innovation that leads to a better world for children and youth? We would undoubtedly experience amazing change.
 
But in order to create change on a big scale, social entrepreneurs need guidance and support. That’s where we come in. We identify local social innovators who can solve some of the greatest issues affecting children and youth, and we help them scale their innovations and maximize their social impact. We help them develop financially sustainable social enterprises that stand the test of time and support them to establish plans to permanently eradicate the issues they are tackling.
 
Scroll down to learn about the impact our work made in 2017.
 

From the problem we address
to the impact we aim to create

Problem

Around the world millions of children`s needs are not being met and our societies are still not set up as well as they need to be, if they are going to adequately respond to challenges. At the same time, there are a great number of individuals and organizations out there, with innovative solutions for how to improve children`s lives. However, these individuals and organizations often lack access to the support they need to realize their ideas and scale their impact.

Solution

This is where Reach for Change comes in. We find social ventures with high potential innovations addressing children`s needs and, through our Incubator program, provide them with a mixture of capacity-building, network connections and grant funding. in order to maximize their chances of success, we also work to strengthen the local and regional ecosystems surrounding social ventures.

Long-term outcomes

The ultimate goal is that the social ventures impact a significant share of the children in their target group, contributing to fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Medium-term outcomes

The social ventures reach a point where they have an effective solution, are financially sustainable, are operationally ready for growth, and have started implementing their impact scaling strategy.

Our vision is a world where all children reach their full potential.

 

Resources

To deliver our solution, we combine our financial, human, intellectual and physical capital with those of our partners in the corporate, social and public sectors.

Short-term outcomes

The short-term goal of the incubator is that the social ventures have in place the strategy, processes, people, systems, credibility, and connections they need, to sustainably deliver and scale effective solutions for children.

Medium-term outcomes

The social ventures reach a point where they have an effective solution, are financially sustainable, are operationally ready for growth, and have started implementing their impact scaling strategy.

Long-term outcomes

The ultimate goal is that the social ventures impact a significant share of the children in their target group, contributing to fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Our vision is a world where all children reach their full potential.

Improving children's lives and tackling the SDGs

The social entrepreneurs we support contribute to ten of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), using a variety of methods including health service delivery to vulnerable populations, raising awareness to promote behavioural shifts, and equipping children with valuable skills that will help them when they enter the workforce. The ultimate aim is to develop solutions that solve basic societal problems in the long term. This means that they are not simply treating the symptoms, they are tackling problems at their root and improving children and youth’s lives on a large scale.

In 2017, we supported 65 Change Leaders through our incubators across Africa. This is a breakdown of the Change Leaders that we support, based on the primary UN Sustainable Development Goal that their work tackles:

3 %

5 %

17 %

43 %

6 %

8 %

3 %

9 %

3 %

3 %

 

Many of the problems African children and youth face can be linked to five critical issues: inequality among girls and women, job scarcity especially among youth and women, weak healthcare and public health systems, limited access to quality education and inequalities among vulnerable groups. Click on SDGs 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 above to read stories and learn more about our work in these priority areas for the Africa region.

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