The Masterclass combines lessons learnt on how an enabling innovation ecosystem can help new ideas take hold and scale up to support the achievement of the SDGs. It demonstrates these lessons through real-world projects, including:
\- Community Inclusion Currency, which aims to create and circulate local credit systems as a form of community-driven support network using simple feature phones connected to blockchain distributed ledgers in Kenya.
\- ImaraTech, which brings mechanization to smallholder farmers in Tanzania by locally manufacturing agricultural equipment. Imara’s first product is a mobile Multi-Crop Threshing (MCT) machine, which threshes 75 times faster than traditional methods.
\- Sanku, which provides an internet enabled food fortification device for small mills in Africa, from which 3 million people have benefitted so far. We will highlight the lessons learned from scaling in Tanzania, to the ongoing expansion into Kenya.
\- EMPACT, which has positively impacted 76,000 people since 2016, providing digital and soft skills training to young refugees and disadvantaged youth in Colombia, Iraq, Kenya, Lebanon, Palestine, Turkey, and Zimbabwe, enabling them to build better livelihoods powered by their skills and talents.