In a sequence of interviews and on-the-ground footage, the video gives an overview of infoDev’s work, through the words of global entrepreneurs, incubator managers, policy makers, and World Bank/IFC staff. They each explain what impact infoDev has had and make their case for what its future direction should be.
Dr. Mohsen A. Khalil, Director of the Global Information and Communications Technologies Department at the World Bank/IFC
Dr. Alice Kaudia, Environment Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources in Kenya
Julia Zardo, the Incubator Manager of Genesis PUC in Brazil
Dr. Walid Alturk, Secretary General of the Higher Council for Learning in Jordan
Augustin Yves Mbock Keked, owner of CADIRE Group in Cameroon
Rafael Mercado, an entrepreneur from Technopark IDI in Peru
Alassane Diange, owner of Blaise Electronics in Senegal
Valéria Braga, project coordinator of PROOCEANO in Brazil
What infoDev means to me focuses on incubation, access for all, and clean technologies. Dr. Mohsen A. Khalil was one of the interviewees, and encapsulated the key message and motivating belief in much of infoDev’s work:
“Human capital, anywhere around the world, has the same potential, regardless of gender, regardless of color, regardless of ethnic background, once it’s given the opportunity. Access to information means access to knowledge. Knowledge means opportunity. Opportunity means empowerment.”
Practically, empowerment for infoDev means using information and innovation to connect individuals and help local ventures make themselves economically productive, profitable and sustainable. By using ICTs to build capacity and partnerships, infoDev will continue to drive innovation where it is needed most.
Partnerships are at the center of infoDev’s work. This is best expressed by Valéria Braga of of PROOCEANO in Brazil who explains why business incubators and the Global Forum on innovation and entrepreneurship work:
“… we make friends. Really, I think this is very important because we like to exchange things with friends.”
Over to you. Take a look at our video and let us know what infoDev means to you.