2012 Nairobi Summit
Globalizer Summit on Rural Innovation and Farming, Nairobi (October 26-28)
Building off five successful Globalizer summits over the past three years, the Globalizer initiative now turns its focus towards scaling up the solutions to problems largely affecting rural areas. With support from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ashoka supports over 90 social entrepreneurs in this field in Sub-Saharan Africa and India who will ultimately revolutionize agriculture and rural development. Through a rigorous internal selection process, the Ashoka Globalizer will identify those entrepreneurs within this cohort whose ideas have great potential for large scale change. These entrepreneurs are then challenged to adapt their strategies for accelerated national or international spread, and connected with the strategic resources to enable them to do so.
Thus, a select group of leading entrepreneurs from the private and social sectors will support each participating Ashoka Fellow– sharing their insights into proven strategies for rapid growth, and crystallizing the key needs and challenges associated with each Fellow’s plan, helping her or him to co-create the best solutions. The group will also collaboratively identify new approaches to scaling that are ripe for the whole social sector, thus creating new knowledge and tools for the field.
In June 2012, one of those Globalizer Summits brought together 14 Ashoka Fellows from sub-Saharan Africa, India and Europe in Geneva, Switzerland. Now, on October 26th-28th 2012, we bring together 18 Fellows from 6 African countries - Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zambia and Nigeria – to participate in a Globalizer summit in Nairobi, Kenya held at the National Museum of Kenya.
More Information on Ashokas work in the field of Rural Innovation and Farming can be found on http://farming.ashoka.org