Sessions on the SDGs and the Global South

With the Global Minds Fund, allocated by the federal government, Ghent University wishes to further develop its collaboration with partners in the Global South and to sensitize the Ghent university community to Agenda 2030 and beyond.

By organizing several lectures on the SDGs & the Global South we hope to reach students from all faculties to join and learn about global challenges and opportunities we face.

Overall we want to inspire the Ghent University community to engage in finding solutions.

This initiative is a first step to make sustainable change happening, locally and globally.

SDG session #1:
The role of digital skills for entrepreneurship, economic development, and gender inclusivity (SDGs 5 & 8)

>>> SDG session #1 is CANCELLED <<<

Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu is CEO of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Africa's leading philanthropy empowering young African entrepreneurs from the continent.

One of the biggest concerns about entrepreneurs – especially in Africa – is the probability of their business survival through time. In Africa, women make up 58% of the continent’s self-employed population. Yet they seldom get the recognition they deserve for their role in sustaining local economies/informal industries. They also do not receive the appropriate support they need to take their businesses to the next level. Some of the challenges faced by women in Africa and youth come from lack of access to networks, funding, and market linkages. Through TEFConnect, we are contributing to digital upskilling and capacity building around digital entrepreneurship. It is the largest online network of African entrepreneurs who are interested in connecting with investors and business leaders. The platform empowers young entrepreneurs to build investible businesses by training and mentoring, provides them with easy access to market, and connects them with other African Entrepreneurs.

The role of digital Skills for entrepreneurship, economic development, and gender inclusivity •	Betreffende SDGs: 5 & 8 •	Naam spreker: Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu, CEO THE TONY ELUMELU FOUNDATION

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