Best Projects 2020 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.
AFRICOOP Cooperative Enterprises Consortium
Published on September 17, 2020 um 09:31
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Explain your project in details:
AFRICOOP is a regional network of individuals and organizations working to build inclusive economies and create shared prosperity through research, policy engagement and capacity development for social enterprises. We provide knowledge and a platform that connects science and policy to support decision-making and implementation of practices that support social enterprises and economic inclusion. We envision to create a sustainable future and prosperity for all by build in solidarity social enterprises and a more inclusive economy that empowers people to contribute to their prosperity and well-being for themselves and future generations. By leveraging the shared resources from the Cooperative DNA, we seek to inform policy, engage, partner with and empower people from all walks of lifeespecially those left behind by the ever-shifting economy and facing greatest economic and social challenges. We seek to achieve this mission through building strategic partnerships in development, advocacy, civil engagement and through leadership development. Our approach is highly collaborative stakeholder involvement is at the heart of our efforts through capacity development and civic engagement, strengthen social enterprises and equip partners for the long-term. Our work spans economic development and social prosperity, agriculture and food security, financial inclusion, civic engagement and capacity development and entrepreneurship and innovation. Our work is evidence based and seeks to inform policy engagement and best practices across Africa. We seek to cover 7 pilot centres across Eastern and Central Africa in the next five years.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
We seek to position our teams and partnerships to bring to life transformative programs that improve the lives of the worlds most vulnerable individuals. We envision to enhance our technical expertise in economic development, agriculture and food security, financial inclusion, civic engagement and capacity development and entrepreneurship and innovation , and our peoples ability to build trust in our partner communities, combine to make our work sustainable and achieve real impact. To realize this, we seek not only to tell the communities what to do, but will listen to them. Our achievement will be pegged on the number of individuals and networks we will pool together to push for their shared prosperity, and the number of individuals that we will impact across the continent of Africa and the world at large. Adopting a cooperative DNA, we seek to collaborate and build strategic partnerships for the goals.
Sustainability and future plans
"Sustainability is no longer about doing less harm. It's about doing more good." -Jochen Zeitz. AFRICOOP Cooperative Enterprises Consortium adopts and ascribes to the cooperative values and principles. Working with cooperative development professionals and cooperative technicians, we adopt a cooperative business model while positioning democratic enterprises as key agents for sustainable development not only across Africa, but the world at large. By leveraging on member's resources and support tools, we seek to build a robust social enterprises model that will assume the African regional features while partnering with governments, private sector, NGOs and policy implementers to support our projects across all our pilot centres in Eastern and Central Africa in the next five years. Our desire is to build a strong team, individuals, networks and partnerships that will see us expand our impact to at least 30 countries in at least four regions across Africa.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Timothy Bisakaya is currently the Director of Monitoring and Evaluations at My Leader Kenya Foundation, a network that inspires individual change makers and organization to share positive stories in various sectors in order to transform lives across Kenya. In his work, Timothy develops and arranges impact assessment tools to address the projects needs while meeting the beneficiaries and stakeholders expectations. Timothy is a co-founder and executive director at Co-optkam, a co-operative management services company that supports cooperatives and other social enterprises to develop effective business operations. He has facilitated several cooperative workshops focusing on cooperative value chain development, cooperative governance, cooperative entrepreneurship, gender and youth inclusion. Timothy is a graduate student at the Cooperative University of Kenya and he holds a Bachelor of Co-operative Business from the same University. He also holds a Certificate in Agriculture, Nature and Economics from the University of Western Australia and he is a Certified Investment and Financial Analysts of Kenya.