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Njideka U. Harry
Njideka U. Harry is the founder and chief executive of Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF), Nigeria. She is the Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2013

Entries by Njideka U. Harry

As Mother Lives on Through Our Mission

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 5:08 PM

On June 16, 2015, my life changed forever. I felt like I had been running non-stop on a mission to change the world--not just one person at a time, but two. I was trying to change the life of a youth and a woman living in a developing country. As...

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Make It Happen... Yesterday

(1) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 2:29 PM

Sunday, March 8th was International Women's Day, a day dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the achievements and contributions of women around the world.

The theme for this year's celebration was "Make It Happen." This begs the question: Make what happen? What is not happening that needs to happen? Who needs...

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Technology and the Skills Gap in Africa

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 4:44 PM

On the 19th of January, Ministers of Education and professionals from the public, private and civil society sectors converged on London for the Education World Forum, an internationally recognized ministerial forum for sharing and debating policy, to discuss the newest developments in education. Part of that discussion involved...

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Financial Inclusion: A Powerful Agent for Strong, Inclusive Growth in Development

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 1:50 PM

Education creates a strong foundation for women entrepreneurs because it aids in the development of critical thinking and is one of the most effective ways to expand opportunities for women and their daughters.

The World Bank estimates that Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) represent 51.5% of GDP...

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Community: A Focal Point to Inspire Passion for STEM Education in Girls

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 5:39 PM

Last week, I attended the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the invitation of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). The invitation came about after the Knowledge Gateway for Women's Economic Empowerment called for contributions...

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Youth, Innovation and Entrepreneurship on My Mind: Off to the World Economic Forum 2014

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 6:32 PM

Last week I didn't follow the activities of the 44th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum on social media or CNN. Thanks to the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, I was actually in Davos, Switzerland, joining the world's foremost multi-stakeholder community of leaders, including more...

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Nelson Mandela Taught Us the True Meaning of Social Entrepreneurship

(1) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 12:33 PM

In David Bornstein's, "How to Change the World, Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas," Nelson Mandela provided a forward, "... wonderfully hopeful and enlightening... the stories of these social entrepreneurs will inspire and encourage many people who seek to build a better world."

On December 5th,...

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Youth Entrepreneurship -- a Pivotal Engine of Growth and Sustainable Development

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 1:31 PM

Africa has an unprecedented opportunity to invest in its youth, the continent's largest population, if it wants to create a future for herself. Timing is critical to harness the demographic dividend the "youth bulge" brings. There is, however, only a small window of opportunity.

The World Bank...

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African Youth, Innovation and the Changing Society

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 12:47 PM

In 2000, I founded Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF) with a very simple, but powerful vision: to bridge the digital divide between youth living and going to school in Nigeria and their digital peers living in the U.S. YTF was founded shortly after the Internet bubble and the dot com...

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Driven by Passion

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 10:44 AM

I founded Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF) over a decade ago while working in the Corporate Strategy group at Microsoft. I felt a constant thirst to give back and make a difference in the world, no matter how small. I am passionate about technology, in particular the opportunities it affords...

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