Africa has recently been hailed as an emerging market to watch, but challenges such as the high cost of capital, lack of business skills, and general instability keep innovative start-ups from getting off the ground. The Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme aims to foster a new generation of African entrepreneurs by investing $100 million to support 10,000 start-ups over the next 10 years.
Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera is one of an estimated 500,000 homosexual individuals in Uganda who is marginalized and persecuted for their sexual orientation on a daily basis. This injustice is what inspired her to create Bombastic, a new magazine that gives a voice to Uganda’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community.
In December, the United Nations deemed 2014 one of the worst years on record for the world’s children, especially those in the Middle East and Africa. Despite this dire news, it is also important to focus on UNICEF’s successes in its efforts to support the rights of children worldwide, and what can be done to achieve a better outlook for 2015.
Higher education is key to breaking cyclical poverty, yet it’s only accessible to a tiny sliver of the world’s population. Affordability, cultural barriers and limited space prevent students in all walks of life from completing tertiary schooling. Educational entrepreneur Shai Reshef has endeavored to close this gap with the creation of the University of the People (UoPeople), the world’s first non-profit, tuition-free, online university.