Tangaza University College

Tangaza University College


8:30 am - 9:00 am
Tangaza University College

Keynote Speech

9:00 am - 9:30 am
Tangaza University College

Opening Remarks

How can Social Entrepreneurship and Changemaking Help Build Resilient Economies and Sustainable Systems? The construct of social entrepreneurship was designed to and does create mental, linguistic and now field definitions and supports that empower everyone. How does everyone a changemaker revolution, build on and greatly strengthen this foundation?

8:30 am - 9:00 am
Tangaza University College

High-Level Opening Panel Session: Social Entrepreneurship and Changemaking

This panel will frame and set the tempo of the conference and the conversations. Social entrepreneurs and the construct of social entrepreneurship is and always will be hugely important in addressing community and global challenges. Every Ashoka Fellow starts with the purpose of helping all humans have rich, which means contributive, lives. The construct of social entrepreneurship was designed by Ashoka to create mental, linguistic and now field definitions and supports that empower everyone to care for the common good of all. Ashoka’s most important and unique contribution now, the “everyone a changemaker” revolution, builds on and greatly strengthens this foundation of social entrepreneurship. Why is this conversation crucial? What are the shifting trends and patterns affecting our systems? What are the practical ways and insights from social entrepreneurship and changemaking that are helping build resilient, inclusive and sustainable systems? How do we scale best practices and innovations from social entrepreneurs and changemakers? How do we uncover the opportunities and challenges in the social entrepreneurship and changemaking ecosystems for the prosperity of Africa? Our keynote speaker will make the connection between faith-inspired changemaking and Africa-driven research to grow social entrepreneurship and scale solutions.

9:00 am - 9:35 am
Tangaza University College

Climate Change and Agriculture

PROGRAM 1000hrs - 1035hrs Whose responsibility is it to safeguard Africa’s interest? Climate change is creating devastating effects on the lives of many people and across the sectors of society and with a heavy bearing on Agriculture. Many across the continent are already feeling the effect of food insecurity on the rise. Africa is also seen as bearing the brunt while the biggest contributors to climate change are not seen to be doing enough to change the tide. What are some of the Innovative solutions out there and how can we scale and transfer their impact? How are social innovators navigating the challenges especially financing? What should be done at the policy front? How do we position Africa in Global conversations on Climate Change and Agriculture?

9:40 am - 10:20 am
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Employability for Social Change

PROGRAM 1040hrs - 1120hrs Is Africa harnessing enough of the transformative Power of Innovative Teaching and Learning, Research and Evidence based Policy Africa is stuck with the challenge of youth unemployment, now threatening to degenerate into a socio-economic and political crisis. This is already happening in a number of countries in all five regions of Africa. Higher Education, research and policy are seen as key drivers to turning this time bomb into a continental dividend. Africa’s next generation of leaders are “refined” in our institutions of higher learning; this is where their identity is fermented and networks defined. The critical place of research as a building block for societal growth and advancement cannot be overemphasized if we want to solve our challenges from a place of scientifically gotten information. One way of achieving systems change is through changing public policy and industry norms which must be driven by evidence. What are some of the innovations to address youth employability? How are these driving social change? What are the existing institutional and policy level challenges? What are the existing opportunities to scale these innovations? What lessons can institutions of higher learning borrow from social entrepreneurs and social innovators? What education model will deliver on the transformative agenda of the continent?

10:45 am - 11:25 am
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Continental Integration for Prosperity

What is Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity about in the African context? It is said that human coexistence is a cultural achievement. Enabling fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people must remain our aspired achievement collectively as humanity. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) have been enhanced to include institution-wide initiatives that encompass policies and culture that addresses both individual and organizational shortcomings. Many organizations and companies have started initiatives to cultivate more just organizational cultures. They review their practices for biases, etc. At the same time, there is a growing sense of continental integration, a revival of the Pan-Africa spirit of sorts. How do we achieve this by ensuring that no region, community, age group, or gender feels forgotten from institutional to continental levels? Are there Africa-specific DEI issues and which are these? How is Africa aligned with emerging global DEI issues?

11:30 am - 12:10 am
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Social Business and Sustainable Investment

What are the Opportunities, Challenges and Risks associated with Africa and Africans? Investment in social innovation is a game-changer and can contribute significantly to the scale of the impact of social innovations. Social financing has proved to create a great impact on the people at the bottom of the pyramid and is therefore crucial in building a model of social financing for communities and social enterprises. What are the opportunities and challenges? And how can the associated risks be mitigated? What are the practices of social financing that we can learn? What is the best social financing model that will work the growth of social entrepreneurship in Africa?

1:05 am - 1:45 am
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Technological Innovations

Ethics, Agency and Inclusive Innovation. Is Africa the last frontier? Technological innovations are here with us and there is no knowing what they will look like in the near future. However, anticipating, mitigating and managing the consequences of technological innovations is important and must be a conversation all stakeholders involved are having, particularly innovators and policymakers. Technology brings with it, as seen thus far, rapid change, complexities, and uncertainties. Is Africa at the forefront looking at innovation insights that create a just and humane continent? What is the implication on data protection, digital ethics, and fake news? What are the ethical considerations on emerging technologies in Africa? What are the opportunities for the youth in the sector?

10:45 am - 11:30 am
Tangaza Univesity College

High Level ACCOSE 6 Closing Panel