Mr. Alfred Godwin Adjabeng, Founder and Executive Director of Reach Out to Future Leaders Movement (ROFLM) and Ms. Win Selby, Co-founder of Ghana Bamboo Bikes represented Ghana at SETAfrica Fellowship and Innovation Award.
They are among 23 young social entrepreneurs who have been picked from 15 Anglophone African countries to undergo leadership training in running social ventures. They received Innovation award and financial support to scale up their projects for their contribution to social entrepreneurship in Africa.
Social Entrepreneurs Transforming Africa (SET Africa) was launched in November 2013 to provide young social innovators across Anglophone Africa with the organizational leadership skills, mentoring, networks, and funding opportunities needed to strengthen and scale up their social ventures.
SET Africa is being implemented by Makerere University Business School (MUBS) in collaboration with the International Youth Foundation (IYF), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and The MasterCard Foundation.
Alfred Godwin Adjabeng founded Reach Out to Future Leaders Movement (ROFLM), a registered youth-led organization in Ghana that focuses on youth in civic engagement and community development.
ROFLM provides a platform for young people to be educated for local development action. ROFLM adopts a community-based grassroots approach to partner young people as change agents in their respective communities. ROFLM-GHANA operates a curriculum based on the three themes: Educate, Empower and Engage.
They provide Education on critical-thinking, skills acquisition in basic technological tools for communication. ROFLM is undertaking Nationwide Projects namely Ghana School Farm Project, Smile village Project, and Ghana Mobile Library Project.
Winifred Selby is the Co-founder of Ghana Bamboo Bikes, a socio ecological green initiative that addresses the quadruple problems of climate change, poverty, rural-urban migration and high unemployment amongst the youth in rural Ghana by creating employment opportunities and sustainable livelihood job skills for the youth through the building of high quality handcrafted second generation bamboo bikes for the international export markets.
They also manufacture multipurpose second generation bamboo bikes that are suitable for the high terrain and rough roads and purposeful for the local needs using native bamboo. They believe that business opportunities exists in all the areas of Ghana and are committed to improving the standard of living of young Ghanaians through the creation of sustainable social enterprises.
They are committed to promoting fair trade, treating people fairly, profit sharing with builders, creating environmentally responsible products that contribute in reducing climate change commitment to protect the environment and promoting environmental awareness.
Twenty-five young leaders annually will be selected to participate in SET Africa’s yearlong Fellowship experience. The program is open to young social entrepreneurs, ages 18 to 29, who have founded or co-founded a venture that addresses a social challenge in their communities.
These fellows will also join IYF’s global YouthActionNet® community of nearly 900 young social innovators being supported by 16 national and regional institutes that includes SET Africa.
The SET Africa program is managed through a collaborative effort by the Entrepreneurship Centre, Leadership Centre, and ICT Centre at MUBS, and is based in Kampala, Uganda.