Incubator Africa (IA) is committed to influencing social and entrepreneurial reforms as tools for system transformation. Based in Lagos, Nigeria, they mobilize and equip reform entrepreneurs to collaborate and actively participate in transforming and challenging the status quo in 3 key sectors: education, health, and governance. Over the years, IA has evolved to become a driving force for reshaping the reform agenda through its programs.
IA’s current business model is to identify, equip, and incubate reform entrepreneurs who are passionate about establishing social enterprises that will provide systemic, innovative solutions to social problems within education, health, and governance. These leaders embody the values and stature necessary to participate in reforming the spheres in which they have demonstrated skill and passion. Its approach is influenced by research on nations with sustained development and the role that effective reform of social and economic systems played in achieving their national transformation. Over the years, IA has evolved to become a leading voice and a driving force for reshaping the Nigerian education reform agenda through our range of programs. They train, incubate, and activate reformers in the organization’s focus areas of education, health, and governance to enable participants to become visionary learners. Individuals that can work towards urgently needed reforms with a commitment to changing the Nigerian education, health, and governance spheres for the better. The reformers become re-thinkers and innovators who engage with technology to deliver sustainable change, they advocate for universal access to quality education, affordable healthcare, and good governance by becoming a voice for the rights of the less privileged, while effectively building networks and partnerships.
At IA all activity is targeted at modeling innovative approaches to improve society. The training programs we run, as well as, transformational workshops are aimed at us empowering individuals and organizations to contribute to societal transformation. We proactively implement the models/solutions that we conceive for sustainable development alongside interested organizations. Each project is planned and executed by its network of development experts, IADT, to client specification enabling them to achieve defined project goals.
Success Story: Slum2School
Graduating from the university, Otto Orondaam felt the need to address the challenge of out-of-school children. In 2012, Otto founded the Slum2School Initiative, which aimed at improving access to education for children who live in hard-to-reach slums across Nigeria. The mission is to harness resources towards bridging the enrolment gap between orphans/vulnerable out-of-school children and children in schools, through the provision of educational scholarships and other psycho-social support programs.
This initiative has since expanded from just covering a school and a handful of students, to reaching out to over 1,000 children in slums across Nigeria. Incubator Africa through her CEO chairs the board of Slum2School and provides mentorship to its leadership.
Black Women’s Blueprint
Black Women’s Blueprint (BWB) is one of few organizations committed specifically to ending rape against African-American and Black immigrant girls and women in Brooklyn. BWB first came to be in 2008, when our 49 co-founders, Black women primarily born and raised in Brooklyn, recognized the pressing need to invest in a ‘blueprint’ for political and social justice derived from Black women’s self-determination and autonomy. Founders Farah Tanis, Christina Jaus, and countless others began to host sister circles in living rooms, backyards and around kitchen tables to address the intersectional challenges that Black women, and especially Black LGBTQI women, in Brooklyn face (sexual violence at the hands of police and loved ones alike; the feminization of poverty, reproductive health access, mass incarceration, among others). Most importantly, the founding of BWB represented an effort by women of African descent in the diaspora to mobilize together across national and ethnic identities, countering four centuries of enforced (and embodied interpolation) nationalist ideologies of “divide and conquer” designed to prevent meaningful resistance by Black collectivities on plantations during and after the slave trade.
Using human rights frameworks we organize and develop a culture where women and girls are fully empowered and where gender, race and other disparities are erased. We convened the first Truth and Reconciliation Commission ever to occur in the U.S., focused women of African descent and their historical and contemporary experiences with rape/sexual assault having brought 1,500 women and 596 girls from Brooklyn to testify at the United Nations in 2016 and speak on sexual abuse and criminal justice policy-impact on their lives. The organization is the Brooklyn-based technical assistance provider engaging 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the country to empower young women with rights, providing training and capacity building to address gender-violence on their campuses.
Black Women’s Blueprint also administers a community-based museum, The Museum of Women’s Resistance (MoWRe) educating over 600 youth annually, using Girls Create, a multi-media art to spark dialogue on the civil and human rights of women and girls in Brooklyn and its relationship to broader transnational communities of women and girls of the African Diaspora on issues of rights, war, poverty, the environment, and other social justice.
Accountability Counsel amplifies the voices of communities around the world to protect their human rights and environment. As advocates for people harmed by internationally financed projects, they employ community-driven and policy level strategies to access justice. The non-profit organization pays particular attention to the rights of women, girls, and other marginalized groups.
When internationally financed projects such as dams, mines, and oil pipelines cause abuses, including forced displacement of Indigenous people, poisoned rivers used for drinking water, and sexual abuse of women and girls by foreign workers, people harmed often face barriers to accessing justice.
Accountability Counsel exists to bridge these barriers for communities and create accountability in global finance resulting in systemic change. In the 10 years since their founding, their grassroots lawyers have supported communities and their advocates to protect human and environmental rights in 50 countries––from nomadic herders in Mongolia to tea workers in India, to farmers in Haiti. Their policy advocates have improved the policies and practices of every major multilateral development bank, four U.S. federal agencies, and has been instrumental in the establishment of two new complaint offices at United Nations agencies that finance development projects. Finally, their researchers have developed cutting-edge tools that are moving the accountability system forward.
Accountability Counsel’s short film “When the Dust Came In” captures how their unique model can shift power to create hope for sustainable futures. If you would like to support Accountability Counsel’s work, you can make a donation here.
Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa
Founded in 2012 by Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee, Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa (GPFA) is Liberia’s leading grassroots organization dedicated to building sustainable peace in Liberia and beyond. GPFA achieves its goals through comprehensive education, leadership, and community empowerment programming. GPFA is currently supporting more than 500 young people’s education through scholarships and a network of partnership schools. Each year, GPFA provides conflict resolution and leadership training to hundreds of young Liberians and women to help create the next generation of peacemakers and democracy builders.
New American Leaders
New American Leaders (NAL) is leading a movement to create a democracy that represents, includes, and works for all people. NAL knows that the people who are most affected by issues like immigration, voting rights, and rising white supremacy belong at the table, using their lived experiences to help shape decisions that will benefit everyone. Founded in 2010, NAL is the only national, nonpartisan organization preparing first- and second-generation Americans to run for and succeed in elected office.
NAL runs a candidate pipeline program in seven states, which is expanding every year. Participants are emerging community leaders who do not fit the traditional candidate mold. Over half are women, 97% are people of color, and the average age is 32. Most are working or middle class, often first-generation college graduates, and sometimes formerly undocumented.
NAL’s vision extends beyond Election Day. Local and state New American elected officials, who are often isolated and overwhelmed, come together for governance trainings to become effective advocates within the system. NAL’s long-term goal is systems change; they continue to pilot bold new initiatives and champion policy to ensure everyday Americans can vote, run, and serve in office.
Veterans in Global Leadership
Veterans in Global Leadership’s mission is to train, mentor and empower student veterans on their path to becoming tomorrow’s global leaders. VGL is already the leading global leadership development program for veterans (enlisted and junior officers). This next generation of leaders is ready to address our nation’s current and future needs across sectors — public, private and nonprofit.
VGL is focused on building the leadership pipeline of these veterans: highly competent, skilled leaders who have already excelled in facing and solving the complex challenges the U.S. and our allies face abroad. The VGL program is a unique 12-month leadership fellowship that provides student veterans with brand development, exclusive networking, leadership seminars, career guidance and one-on-one application counseling for prestigious scholarships and fellowships. VGL distinguishes itself as a leadership development program, not a benefits or career readiness program.
To learn more visit their website or if you’d like to consider a gift please contact the Founder and Executive Director, Jayson Browder, at jbrowder[at]vetsgl.org.