FOCAC :: 6th in 2015; news; 7th in beijing in 2018 -chinese notes on africa rsvp isabella@unacknowledgedgiant.com linkedin UNwomens - whats on next on africa's diary that needs to be logged at EconomistDiary.com

Africa in beijing latest apl zimbabwe 1 2; mar senegal namimbia us hub china-africa


Discuss next 100 bn $ of African Infrastucture Investment... 018 rising//Outlook//Continuing Entrepreneurial Revolution Curriculum of The Economist's Norman Macrae 10 sept 1923 to 11 June 2010

breaking 2018 -help accra stage africa's and the world's greatest jobs creating education summit


#theeconomist #BR9 congratulatuon's africa's nobel ;peace winner Dr Denis Mukwege, a gynaecologist from the Democratic Republic of Congo - so much so many could learn from your solutions network http://www.mukwegefoundation.org/our-impact/

Dr. Denis Mukwege is a surgeon, gynecologist and women’s rights activist. He founded the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu in 1999 as a clinic for gynaecological and obstetric care, and expected to be working on issues of maternal health. Since 1999, however, Dr. Mukwege and his staff have helped to care for more than 40,000 survivors of sexual violence, which has made him the world’s leading expert on ‘repairing’ the internal physical damage caused by (gang) rape



- special thanks to South Africa's Taddy Blecher for being first educator to celebrate Norman Macrae remembrance party ; special thanks to sir fazle abed for being the greatest educator to remember Norman and his wonderful microfranchise-0 adolesecent girls jobs clubs across BRAC in Africa;


special thanks to 4 chinese female graduates for updating Norman's belief that the sustainability of all global youth will depend on china's education leadership , Kissinger 30 year celebration of the 150 person network of Chinese Americans who love both countries futures of youth and QuarterBillionGirls can share their story of what the human race needs to celebrate now. Africa undp reports

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Anticipated chinese commitments to africa -source 2015
Total Chinese Foreign Direct Investment in Africa between 2005 and 2016 was estimated at US$293.36 billion by the Heritage Foundation. • The Chinese side will scale up its investments in Africa, and plan to increase China’s stock of direct investment in Africa to US$100 billion in 2020 from US$32.4 billion in 2014. • Construction is underway for the six Chinese overseas economic and trade cooperation zones in countries including Zambia, Mauritius, Nigeria, Egypt, and Ethiopia. These cooperation zones offer incentives such as tax holidays and import tax waivers to attract Chinese companies and other Foreign Direct Investments. Some of the zones have witnessed progress in attracting investment, with businesses moving in and production getting started. In addition to investment the zones are expected to provide employment and technology transfer to further economic development. • Special loan of US$1 billion for African Small and Medium Enterprises development will be gradually expanded to $6 billion. • The Chinese side will set up a China-Africa production capacity cooperation fund, with an initial pledge of US$10 billion, to support China-Africa industry partnering and industrial capacity cooperation.

EDUCATION • UNESCO established a one-to-one inter-institutional cooperation model - the 20+20 Plan for Chinese and African Institutions of Higher Education. • The Chinese government will implement the “African Talents Program”. In the next three years, China will train 30,000 African professionals in various sectors and offer 18,000 government scholarships • China will provide US$2 million annually under the framework of the UNESCO trust fund to support education development programs in Africa. • The Chinese side welcomes the inclusion by African countries of Chinese language teaching as part of their national education systems and will support more African countries in their efforts to establish Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms. • China provided training for 200,000 local African vocational and technical personnel an

Friday, August 28, 2015

rebecca pls phone 2403168157  or meet bethesda or silver spring if any of big 4 african mediated intervention below urgently interest you- sorry unable to be at io hub event yesterday- was taking daughter to college


1 can we openly connect ihubs as africas leading entrepreneur summit hosts with world banks format
1 spent 3 days at world bank youth entrepreneur accelerator run by athgo- in its 10th year it claims to be world banks approved entrepreneur competition facilitator
athgo's founder armin directly runs millennials entrepreneur competitions for kagame rwanda (which before kim left partners in health became their epicentre for all africa community health training)
and while armin is los angeles based our dc region's naila is a co-director of athgo events -every millennials or diaspora summit i attend at world bank fails to connect that summit's leader with parallel ones; i see hubs as the huge opportunity to fix this in parallel to your speech that an ihub is a first point of contact world bank african project coordinators should include if living up to kim's view that only millennials can make 2030 now happen; i think i have found the missing youth coordinator on the 13th floor; how to approach her is urgent collaboration networking question; maybe the ethiopian in world bank who compered diaspora summit and you could ; the internal ability of the world bank to live jim kim's vision is structurally non-existent- even when kim viralises video content of hos own or with tedx costars like dbanj the world banks own coursera curriculum completely exclude him-- helping fix this is biggest opportunity southern diasporas and open learning leaders who link presence through dc will ever have this or any year to contribute to sustainability and net generation being the most creative one; the reason for this is the way communications is used in pr and lobbies is exactly the opposite of the way milliennials networks need to communicate to end poverty bottom-up ; exponential valuation impact metrics of brand valuation are also wrong as my researchers proved while hired by big 5 consultants in the 1990s and guest edited in triple issue of journal of marketing management 1999




2 which african national leaders of first ladies could now unite transform their youth's future with a university of the underprivileged?
2 starting next week, my 8 year long co-worker mostofa has been assigned to 2 year project by dubai rulers on youth summits and universities for underpriviileged youths-  structurally dubai doesnt just have an emerging ihub it has a whole metro "internet city as an emerging ecosystem - the boston model (ie MIT's square mile round kendall metro)
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he was co-introduced to this by south africas taddy blecher the leading free university partnerships designer of total educatuon system transformations to create jobs; yazmi is trialling relationship with blecher; blecher has long seen hubs as pivotal - he asked mostofa and i start searching them in 2006- while mostofa was in london and i had lent money to the-hub.net's founder jonathan robinson - dubai and chinese friends want job and tech youth hubs connected across the world- what is is role in this and urgent for me is do you have favorite silicon valley hub relationships; i know which chinese diaspora women most linkin and will go with that unless guided elsewhere

3 taking back millennials UN  -leadership to replace inequality of women by mobile women4empowerment as core collab process of sustainability goals with a little help from fans of pope francis and other whole truth faith/peace leaders
3 women have an opportunity like no other to support jim kim , pop francis or any real empowerment curricula- the next 6 weeks will be critical- for example will one of the 2 women who could most change sustainability goals by and women be elected next un secretary general- and if so what will yazmi's relationships be with their activist alumni network; in case of candidate bachelet she is asking yazmi can a learning satellite be reconnected from the americas and will this issue be included in world bank start year meetings out of lima peru in early october; in case of the candidate who changes how un selects university partners to value women empowerment and nanotech for the poor, naila's first ladies networks led out of africa by rachel ruto and mrs toure wife of former itu president are on that case and friends of yazmi also have long standing connections with the kerala meta-hub of all these partnerships gravitated arounf amma.org


4 mirror mirror on the wall what can african owned satellites out of silver spring do for youth www  empowerment of 21st C NOW?
4 monday morning event hoisted br dr ranga at www.yazm.comi explores whether cameroon schools  can be a leading organic content developer for ages 6 to 11; our other 3 ,main sources for that age group are also operationally connected by ranga - 1 round amma, 2 round indian orghanages already with tablet content, 3 mostofa and my great friends in lucknow who run worlds largest school by being epicentre of montessori-gandhi style eduvation systems and unesco's only awarded peace curriculum


cheers
chris macrae n.bethesda  www.economistafrica.com   satellite alumni networks  publishers world record book of jobs creation

Monday, August 24, 2015

Moist of Africa's Best jobs haven't been invented yet

Sixty percent of the best jobs in the next 10 years haven’t been invented yet. At least that’s what futurologist Thomas Frey is fond of saying.
New jobs – and lots of them – will be needed for Africa to reverse staggering youth unemployment rates which, in parts of the continent, are as high as 43 and 51 percent for men and women, respectively.
What skills will young people need in order to be ready for them? And where will these jobs come from?
Recommended: 6 international organizations that support jobs and businesses
One source will be social entrepreneurs in Africa who are creating new market opportunities as they transform their chosen fields. Here is a list of top jobs I expect to see employing young people in Africa over the course of the next decade:

University Founder

South Africa’s first free university, CIDA City Campus, was founded in 2000 by Taddy Blecher. Since then, 6,000 alumni have received a free education in exchange for managing day-to-day operations. Some 4,500 alumni have started businesses and those in employment are, on average, earning as much as $30,000 a year five years after graduation. The CIDA “learn and earn” methodology not only ensures that entrepreneurial students have hands-on learning experiences, but also guarantees that the university education is free for all. Six other institutions founded on these principles have educated more than 600,000 young people, but demand is still skyrocketing across Africa. University founders who can provide a world-class, entrepreneurial and FREE education will be in huge demand.

Wellness Coach

Paige Elenson insists “our economies and our bodies are unhealthy.” In Kenya, when she started the Africa Yoga Project in 2006, more than 60 percent of young people were unemployed and noncommunicable lifestyle diseases were on the rise. She tackles both challenges simultaneously by training yoga instructors. Today you can book a private yoga lesson online with one of more than 70 trained instructors or join more than 300 weekly yoga classes in Nairobi. Someday, when AYP expands across the continent and its alumni launch new companies in the global wellness and health tourism market (already worth an estimated $3 billion annually), you’ll have to hire a wellness coach to help you navigate all the options.

Diversity Designer

As the world becomes more interconnected and the challenges we encounter more varied, the ability to build, engage, and lead diverse teams will be critical, regardless of sector. In Kenya, Fred Ouko founded ANDY (the Action Network for the Disabled) in part to help large employers be more inclusive of people with disabilities. With help from ANDY, large employers employ dozens of young people with disabilities and report that diverse teams are better able to adapt to changes and create new solutions. Does your company need a diversity designer?

Invisible Executive

Across West Africa, independent and entrepreneurial workers at Karim Sy’s network of JokkoLabs are turning traditional employment on its head. At these collaborative spaces, entrepreneurial “invisible executives” build teams around emerging opportunities, coming together to share their best ideas and tackle new challenges. In a world where workers are autonomous and challenges are shared, “invisible executives” will emerge to virtually build and lead more flexible, independent workforces around compelling social challenges. Have a tricky challenge? Surf over to one of the six JokkoLabs where more than 3,000 coworkers are already solving 21stCentury problems.

Ecosystem Advocate

For too long human economic activities have not properly accounted for nature’s abundant contributions. But now there is widespread recognition that natural ecosystems are at a breaking point. In Benin, Salim Daralaunched Solidarit√© Rurale to build a network of demonstration farms where students experience the interconnectedness of nature and the importance of balanced, sustainable ecosystems. In the future, graduates could be employed as Ecosystem Advocates protecting cities’ watersheds or vulnerable landscapes for future generations.

Cultural Navigator

Where will we find employees with enough global empathy to navigate “normal” workdays filled with international video chatting and intercontinental brand strategies designed to appeal to customers whose cultures you barely understand? Start by recruiting talent from Nafisika Trust, which was founded by Vickie Wambura in 2006. Nafisika works to transform Kenya’s prisons into thriving centers of rehabilitation and enlightenment. By bringing community volunteers into prisons to run their programs, they simultaneously tackle two big challenges: under-resourced prisons and the stigma society attaches to convicts. Last year alone Nafisika’s hyper-empathetic volunteers gave more than 11,000 hours of pro bono support to 4,500 prisoners. These volunteers are expert cultural navigators that can easily tune into and navigate new markets and consumer behavior.

Nutrient Banker

Tools for measuring nutrients in soilfood, and our bodies are increasingly sophisticated and accessible to average consumers. Soon, home gardeners and smallholder farmers will be able to buy Soil IQ, a wireless soil sensordeveloped by Jason Arambaru. The device helps farmers by converting a measurement of soil health (moisture, acidity, and micro-nutrient content) into instant agricultural advice. When farmers, food industry actors, and consumers are able to easily measure the most important component of food – nutrients – we can expect to see new professionals creating, maintaining, and supplying a full spectrum of nutrition in landscapes as soil health experts, nutrient trackers, and nutrient bankers.

Climate Change Adaptability Agent

In Zimbabwe, Verengai Mabika’s Development Reality Institute conducts online courses and primary school clubs focused on the earth’s changing climate system and its economic, environmental, and political implications. Hundreds of primary school children in Zimbabwe regularly participate in what the institute dubs “Cool Clubs,” and DRI has conducted online courses for 800 students from 28 countries. Verengai’s ultimate goal is to build society’s adaptive capacity by preparing young people to tackle 21st century challenges. Future employers will thank him.

Smallholder Super Farmer

In the future, small will be big business. There are more than 33 million family farmers in sub-Saharan Africa, but most are still producing at subsistence levels. However, what eBay did for the odd collector or reseller in the U.S., M-Farm is doing for smallholder farmers in Africa. By creating a mobile marketplace and a nationwide network of collection agents, farmers – no matter how small – are able to sell to buyers big and small. With more reliable outlets for products and a steady income, these “Smallholder Super Farmers” might even be able to hire members of another emerging occupation: “Farm Innovation Managers.” In South Africa, more than 350 young people have gone through Future Farmers’ two- to three-year apprenticeship and training program with 70 percent of graduates already employed as farm managers.

Rat Trainer

If you are reading this and are still finding none of these applicable, then this last job might be the one for you. Designer, Buddhist monk, and social entrepreneur Bart Weetjens was frustrated that the world’s best solutions for detecting both unexploded ordinance and diseases relied on expensive, foreign technologies. That’s especially irritating considering a hardy African rodent had all the tools for the job: a strong sense of smell and an eagerness to be trained. Today APOPO rat trainers across Africa and Asia say they have de-mined more than 62,000 acres and detected 5,087 previously misdiagnosed tuberculosis cases. Given the many applications of this “technology” – from shipping ports to airport security – demand for rat trainers is increasing.
Some of these careers are still a bit ahead of their time, but you can prepare for all these future professions by cultivating a changemaker mindset through hands-on experience. The hot jobs of the future will go to empathetic, creative action-takers who dare to think big, build teams, and change the world.

The Future Forward partnership between Ashoka and The MasterCard Foundation aims to identify and support the most innovative problem solvers to youth employment challenges in sub-Saharan Africa and convene conversations about solutions that can move #AfricaYouthFwd.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

stealing africa OR
Afirica's Entrepreneurial Youth and Women- Obama Kenya Visit Summary
Are there any urgent ways to amplify this conversation through hubs 1 2 and open learning channels 1.. 2
thanks chris macrae  www.economistafrica.com mobile 240 316 8157

Remarks by President Obama at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/07/25/remarks-president-obama-global-entrepreneurship-summit

Young people like you are harnessing technology to change the way Africa is doing business, as President Kenyatta alluded to.  And that creates incredible opportunities for Africans and for the world.  It means more growth and trade that creates   jobs in all our countries.  It's good for all of us.  This   continent needs to be a future hub of global growth, not just African growth.  (Applause.)  
And the country that's hosting us today is setting an important example -- Kenya is leading the way.  (Applause.)    Today, Kenya is the largest economy in East Africa.  High-speed broadband and mobile connectivity are on the rise, unleashing the entrepreneurial spirit of even more Kenyans.  Every day around the world, millions of people send and save money with M-Pesa -- and it's a great idea that started here in Kenya.  (Applause.)   
From Zimbabwe to Bangladesh, citizens work to keep elections safe, using the crowdsourcing platform Ushahidi -- and that’s a great idea that started right here in Kenya.  (Applause.)  Here in Nairobi, startup incubators are nurturing new businesses every day -- maybe some of yours -- each with the potential to be the great next Kenyan innovation.  
And the good news is that I’m not the only one who sees the promise of Africa.  I’m joined on this trip by some leaders not just across my administration, but I'm also joined by 20 members of the United States Congress from both parties -- because supporting a strong partnership with Africa is something that unites Americans.  (Applause.)  We've got some incredible entrepreneurs and business leaders who are well-established from the United States who are with us.  They see the promise, as well.  And they’re putting their money where their mouth is. 
So today, we’re taking the next steps to partner with you.  First, we’re offering entrepreneurs more startup capital.  At last year’s Entrepreneurship Summit, we set a goal of generating $1 billion in new investment for emerging entrepreneurs around the world, with half the money going to support women and young people.  (Applause.)  A few months ago, I challenged governments, companies, organizations and individuals to help us reach this target.  Today, I am proud to announce that not only   did we make our goal, we surpassed it.  (Applause.)  We’ve secured more than $1 billion in new commitments from banks, foundations, philanthropists, all to support entrepreneurs like you.

 

Everywhere I go, across the United States and around the world, I hear from people, but especially young people, who are ready to start something of their own -- to lift up people’s lives and shape their own destinies.  And that’s entrepreneurship.  Entrepreneurship creates new jobs and new businesses, new ways to deliver basic services, new ways of seeing the world -- it’s the spark of prosperity.  It helps citizens stand up for their rights and push back against corruption.  Entrepreneurship offers a positive alternative to the ideologies of violence and division that can all too often fill the void when young people don’t see a future for themselves.  
Entrepreneurship means ownership and self-determination, as opposed to simply being dependent on somebody else for your livelihood and your future.  Entrepreneurship brings down barriers between communities and cultures and builds bridges that help us take on common challenges together.  Because one thing that entrepreneurs understand is, is that you don't have to look a certain way, or be of a certain faith, or have a certain last name in order to have a good idea.        
The challenge is -- as so many of you know -- it’s very often hard to take those first steps.  It’s hard to access capital.  It’s hard sometimes to get the training and the skills to run a business as professionally as it needs to be in this competitive world.  It’s hard to tap into the networks and mentors that can mean the difference between a venture taking off and one that falls flat.  
And it’s even harder for women and young people and communities that have often been marginalized and denied access to opportunities.  You run into old attitudes that say some people, because of where you come from or what you look like, don’t have what it takes to lead or create a business.  And sometimes it's subtle.  You go into pitch an idea and maybe the response you get might not be as enthusiastic as if someone else pitched the exact same idea.  Sometimes women or folks from communities that historically have not been viewed as entrepreneurial may not have the means of opening those doors just to get in front of the right person.  
Of course, the best answer to that kind of thinking is the example that all of you are setting -- your success.  And that’s why I’ve made encouraging this spirit of entrepreneurship a key part of America’s engagement in the world.  I launched the first of these summits in Washington five years ago.  And since then, we’ve helped empower hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs, giving them a boost to launch thousands of new businesses and initiatives.  Here in Africa, our Young African Leaders Initiative is empowering tens of thousands of dynamic leaders not only in business, but also in government and civil society.  Because one of the things that we have come to understand -- and this is particularly relevant to Africa -- is that in order to create successful entrepreneurs, the government also has a role in creating the transparency, and the rule of law, and the ease of doing business, and the anti-corruption agenda that creates a platform for people to succeed.
So this is our first Global Entrepreneurship Summit in sub-Saharan Africa.  We wanted to come here.  I wanted to be here because Africa is on the move.  (

 

IHUB and USHAHIDI

(An EcnomistAfrica report for World Record Book of Jobs Creation)

Youth entrepreneurs and their investors who openly partner Kenya's IHUB  1 2 stand out in terms of exponential impact analysis conducted for the Good Hubs Guide since 2006. After the top down failures and tragedies (eg 7/7) of London's 2005 Year of Make Poverty History and its Commission for Africa, pro-youth economists started  tracking hub movements. London had contributed an early manifestation of hubsworld with what was first named Islington's the-hub.net.


Kenya's Ihub emerged 2008 at the same time as Ushahidi rapidly became Kenya's largest open software business. Hubs can provide emotionally energising space and networking goodwill for youth entrepreneurs to conceive, incubate, collaborate and attract youth-webbed (eg kiva, or crowd-investing),  patient (eg acumen) or sustainability investors. They also open job creation doors in ways that universities and old schooling systems fail to do wherever academia orders examinations and paper certificates as a human's final exit to learning and doing.

Economistwomen.com : For those who value the pre-digital womens' hubs architecture of Bangladeshi microcredit, there is a direct line through Kenya's other world class mobile innovations for millennials sustainability, and Africa's social-economic future: Jamii Bora (from 1999), MPESA (from 2007), Nanocredit, and Table Banking as Africa's gamechanging contribution to social credit partnerships of Women4Empowerment

Saturday, July 25, 2015




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Jamii Bora
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How the epicentre of banking for the poor moved from Bangladesh to Kenya , and back again/

Jamii Bora was the world's first major microcredit to be launched with digital -mobile record-keeping. The arrival in Nairobi of the greatest banking model for ending slums in 1999 was pivotal to what became the decade that kenya became a world leader in mobile bankng (mpesa) and then  the leading lab for MobileWomen4Empowerment and Ihub youth open tech wizards networking. Ingrid was and is a lifetime friend of Muhammad Yunus. She was the one who did most to ensure that financial regulators in Kenya kept the doors open for banking for the poor. She extended thegreenchildrens pop videos celebrations of microcredit from Bangladesh to Kenya -more than 5 years ahead of dban becming apple's and One's ambassador with a notable campaign to  reinvest in Africa-wide food security and making agricultural entrepreneurs sexy as well as valued financially.

Curiouser and Curiouser- From 1996 Mobile Village phones gamechanged the world's partnering possibilities for the poorest out of bangladesh with grameen phone thanks in large part to the quadir family who also run the legatum entrepreneur school at MIT. The tech wizard behind Kenya's Mpesa now works closely with the quadirs who have brought the world leading cashless model back to Bangladesh brac's bkash.org. Furthermore Naila Chowdhury for over 15 yeras Muhammad Yunus' first female director of Grameen Phone left Dhaka to settle her US family in 2012 - her first worldwide partnership exchanged her asian mobile owners goodwill contact list with kenya's founder of nanocredit so that Naila's could bring Nanocredit t the Americas. She has since helped Kenya rapidly amplily Kenya's table banking and social credit models which blend kiva-type mapping with first ladies development missions  - now the fastest growing womens livelihoods model the world can celebrate




model innovations of jamii bora:
first to capture all record keeping on mobile

first model targeting youth in slums as well as mothers- made one-off offers to whole gangs of youth- eg thise who looted kibera market - lets rebuild it and you can be the security guards

almost all employees were former members during first 10 years of growth

innovated ladder model- prove you can earn something and then you can take loan doubling your earnings

developed some mass work schemes including buildiing ecovillage kaputei

identified early that due to large families (with someone at health risk) health insurance needed for all members families- bought massive contract with missionary hospitals -ultimatley one of the most efficient health insurances plans ever purchased

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

july 7 is provisionally DC's african free university day of exchange-queries welcome chris macrae 240 316 8157
Dr Taddy Blecher BIO
Dr Taddy Blecher is the Chairman of the SA National Government task team on Entrepreneurship & Job Creation in the Human Resource Development Council of South Africa, as well as the CEO of the Community and Individual Development Association, the Maharishi Institute and the broad-based Black Economic Empowerment fund: Community & Individual Development Trust.
In his national entrepreneurship role for South Africa Taddy has achieved:
1.      Entrepreneurship will be included in the curriculum for every child from Grade 1 to Grade 12 in all provinces of South Africa.  Over 12 million young South Africans will learn about this critical field of economic opportunity in theory and in practice on an annual basis
2.      Entrepreneurship education will be included for one million youth per year going through the technical and vocational College system
3.      A new national portal for entrepreneurship is being developed under the Department of Trade and Industry, and a national virtual incubator to reach any number of small businesses through internet-enabled mobile devices is being built. This includes:
a.      Free website initiative together with Google, that has assisted 65,000 South African firms to have a website
b.      Free MBA, BBA, PDM, and Certificate in Management, including all books, curriculum, video lectures, manuals, mock exams, etc, that has been accessed by 500,000 South Africans
c.      A financing tool accessible my mobile phone to assist every business to gain access to public or private sector financing
4.      A new national Council on Entrepreneurship is being created (alongside the new Small Business Development Ministry)
Dr Blecher co-founded the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship with Sir Richard Branson, where over 4,500 individuals have been trained and assisted with building businesses. The Branson Centre based on the success in South Africa, has been replicated in Jamaica and in the UK.
Taddy is known as a pioneer of the free tertiary education movement in South Africa, having helped to create six free access institutions of higher learning out of nothing, as well as inspiring the creation of three other institutions. He also serves on the British Government Task Team for the reinvention of higher education and skills development, as well as the Italian Government – South African Government business chamber board.
He has raised over R500 million in cash, property and equity to support free access to post-secondary school education. As a result, over 14,250 unemployed South Africans have been educated, found employment and moved from poverty to the middle-class. These formerly unemployed youth now have combined salaries in excess of R700 million p.a. and expected life-time earnings of R17 billion. Over 600 000 young South Africans in schools have been reached with one-week education and life-skills training courses.
Taddy is consistently working on developing sustainable means to help unemployed youth in South Africa gain access to transferable skills through education, training, jobs, entrepreneurship, and careers, thereby breaking the poverty cycle.
Dr Blecher has been honoured with a number of awards, including: the 2002 World Economic Forum "Global Leader of Tomorrow" award, a 2005 World Economic Forum "Young Global Leader of the World", a Skoll Global Social Entrepreneur winning a $1 million prize for his work, an Ashoka Fellowship, and has been honoured with two honorary doctorates.  In 2009 he was named by author Tom Peters as one of his top 5 most influential entrepreneurs in the world over the last 30 years.
A qualified actuary and management consultant, Dr Blecher is passionate about the approach of Consciousness-Based Education, a system of education developing the full potential of every student. This has led the Maharishi Institute to winning the first prize in a global competition to find the most innovative education initiative in the world in October 2010.