YALI participants from lusophone africa discuss social entrepreneurship
Today (Thursday), the MSP legacy organizations h2n, Midia Lab and TV Surdo hosted a group of 20 participants in the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) from Angola, Guinea Bissau and Mozambique. The group follows the “entrepreneurship track” of YALI and is part of a larger group of YALI participants from Lusophone Africa taking part in a three-week program in Mozambique. During interactive sessions with h2n and Midia Lab staff, the group engaged enthusiastically on issues of social entrepreneurship, sustainability and self-reliance. The YALI group expressed great interest in the experience of the Mozambican organizations in emancipating themselves from dependence on international NGOs and the strong opposition they encountered in the emancipation process, as such organizations saw their business model threatened. “We would definitely also like to take greater control of our future,” said one participant from Angola, adding that he was inspired by how the MSP organizations had managed to both carve out their own space and work closely together. Other aspects of social entrepreneurship and the inclusion of people with disability in entrepreneurial endeavours were also addressed during the visit, which included a tour of the facilities and an additional session with TV Surdo. h2n is a Mozambican NGO focused on community-based communication, community radio and video, demand generation, social mobilization, strategic advocacy and online engagement for social and behavior change; Midia Lab provides journalism training and media development; and TV Surdo works on inclusive media and advocacy for disability rights.