The International Committee of the Red Cross and the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) have entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to empower 200 entrepreneurs from Nigeria’s North East and Niger Delta regions.
Their partnership aims to holistically address, through innovative interventions, the economic plight of communities affected by armed conflict or violence.
“We have been looking for a reliable partner in Africa, where over 40 per cent of our work is, to help us develop a sustainable programme that would help people affected by conflict or violence create income-generating activities. After analysis and discussion with affected communities, we decided to support start-ups with innovative ideas in the area of agriculture, healthcare, micro-finance, construction, commerce and fashion, generated by men and women of all walks of life, with or without prior education,” said International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) Deputy Director for Africa, Patrick Youssef.
“This initiative is complementary to the existing $100 million TEF Entrepreneurship Programme, a tried and tested approach to creating sustainable impact that has seeded, mentored and trained 3,000 African entrepreneurs; generated revenue and created jobs across all 54 African countries. Out of this number, 1,593 entrepreneurs, (over 50 per cent) are Nigerian citizens,” said TEF Founder, Tony O. Elumelu.