The Nigerian office of FORD Foundation, (one of the World’s most prominent and impact driven Donor Organizations committed to Social Good and renowned for its support for visionary leaders and organizations on the frontlines of social change worldwide) played host to their Colleagues from New York and FF’s regional offices in Africa including FF’s Vice President – Hilary Pennington to a weeklong Africa Regional Program Meeting which took place between the 26th – 30th of October 2015.
One of the activities that took place during the weeklong exercise was a round table discussion on “Youth Development in Nigeria: Opportunities and Challenges” with some of Nigeria’s Youth Led Social Enterprises and Non Profits. The discussion which held on Thursday the 29th of October, 2015 at the Lagos Office of Ford Foundation was set up to learn from partners and potential Project partners within the Africa Youth space on opportunities and challenges in Youth engagement and development and to share perspectives on how to address Youth agency, youth Leadership and Learning systems that support transition and opportunities for Job Creation.
RISE Networks, Nigeria’s Leading Social Enterprise with a strategic focus on Youth and Education Development represented by Toyosi Akerele- Ogunsiji – Founder / CEO, Bobola Omotuyi – Stakeholder Relations Coordinator & Busola Ojumu – Administrator, was present at the round table discussion with other notable Youth Led NGOs namely;
The Future Project
West Africa Vocational Education (WAVE)
The Lady Mechanic Initiative
Y EN A MARRE (Senegal)
Afterschool Centre for Career Development
The Round-table discussion was illuminating and insightful as RISE Networks and the other participating organisations reeled out their achievements, challenges and future commitments to Youth Development in Nigeria. Below are some of the Photos from the meet.