Future Forward: Youth Innovations for Employment in Africa

What if the most inspired and best-informed agents of change for “broken” school systems weren’t lawyers or politicians, but students themselves?conversation. Follow the #AfricaYouthFwd hashtag for more


Future Forward identifies and supports social entrepreneurs and changemakers creating innovative solutions to youth employment in sub-Saharan Africa. The initiative also convenes a wider community of practitioners, thought leaders and young Africans who help spread insights and approaches that shift the conversation from problems to solutions.

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Challenge Winners

Hado Nicaise Sawadogo

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Olumide Adeleye

Ibadan, Nigeria

Ellen Chilemba

Lilongwe, Malawi

Alain Nteff

Bamenda and Buea, Cameroon

Eric Kaduru

Kyenjojo, Uganda


Highlights from the live Q&A session with Alain Nteff, co-founder of Gifted Mom

Alain Nteff co-founded an award-winning social enterprise, Gifted Mom, when he was just 20 years old. Gifted Mom’s mission is to prevent infant and maternal deaths by delivering critical health information to pregnant women and new mothers via mobile technology. The service uses SMS and voices messaging to deliver stage-based and customized notifications for pregnant women and new mothers, with information on topics like when to go for their next antenatal care session or baby vaccination. The platform currently impacts 6000 users in Cameroon, Mali, and Nigeria.

May 02, 16

Join the live Webcast at bit.ly/1SnLePQ on Thursday 5th May - 4:30pm East Africa / 1:30pmGMT/ 9:30amEDT 

As young people in Africa prepare to become job seekers and entrepreneurs, how can the employment ecosystem ensure that opportunities are accessible to all?

Future Forward's panel of Ashoka Fellows and Meredith Lee, Deputy Director of Youth Livelihoods at The MasterCard Foundation, will discuss solutions to the challenges young people face across the lines of gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, and ability.

Apr 25, 16

Agriculture is the age-old occupation in Africa and in many countries well above half of the Gross Domestic Product still comes from agriculture. Unfortunately, young people are not taking part in a way that will best provide current and future employment leading to financial sustainability. The good news is that innovators are helping to shift mindsets around farming and are rebranding agriculture as a “hot” career prospect where young people can seize opportunities as agribusiness leaders powered by 21st century technologies.

During our next Future Forward webinar, we explore how social entrepreneurs and young farmers are helping each other harness opportunities and leapfrog into the information age to shape a more sustainable Africa.

Nov 23, 15



Winner is Announced

January 14, 2015
  • Launch
    September 17, 2014
  • Early Entry Deadline
    October 15, 2014
  • Entry Deadline
    November 5, 2014
  • Finalists are Announced
    January 7, 2015
  • Winner is Announced
    January 14, 2015