Innovation in Uganda: Professional Development that Makes a Difference

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 General News J E 4
LONDON, May 5, 2010 Social enterprise, PEPAL, incollaboration with LSE, brings its Innovation Programme to sub-SaharanAfrica. Professionals from across the globe will be paired with partners fromUgandan non-profit organisations to devise new, market-driven approaches toHIV, malaria and women's health.

PEPAL has teamed up with the London School of Economics and PoliticalScience to launch its Innovation in Uganda programme. Professionals will workwith Ugandan non-profit organisations to develop business projects thatimpact the lives of women, children and marginalised communities. Theprogramme starts in July 2010 with an intensive seminar delivered by LSEProfessor of Innovation & Management, Harry Barkema, during whichparticipants will develop their initial business ideas. They will then worktogether, remotely and face-to-face, over eight months to refine, test andimplement their projects before coming together again in Kampala, Uganda inMarch 2011.

Despite strong economic growth and the discovery of oil, a third ofUgandans live in poverty. NGOs provide 40% of the country's health servicesand employ some of its most talented people. Innovation in Uganda will pairthese gifted individuals with private-sector professionals so that they canwork together to find new approaches to HIV, malaria and women's health.Together the participants will make a real difference on the ground whilstgaining new skills and insights.

Julie Saunders, Pepal's Executive Director comments: "We're looking forprofessionals from across the globe to join the Innovation in Ugandaprogramme. Our experience in India demonstrates that even if it's your firsttime in a developing country, so long as you're committed and bring solidprofessional experience, you can make a real difference and gain a great deal"

Innovation in Uganda builds on the success of Pepal's existing programmein India. Banu Golesorkhi, participant of Innovation in India comments,"Thank you for opening this world to me ... It's all thanks to Pepal's visionthat we are going through this amazing journey." Fellow participant Dr Rathfrom LEPRA India's Eye Hospital, Orissa, adds, "I have been on many trainingcourses but this is completely different ... I'm very excited to be here."

About Pepal: Pepal was set up in 2009 to bring business skills into thedeveloping world. Pepal is supported by Fondation Hoffmann and also hasprogrammes with Gallup Europe and INSEAD.

Further information visit: oremail:, phone: +44(0)2077591821



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