Nailab & UNFPA Launch iAccelerator An Innovation Accelerator Promoting Youth Sexual Reproductive Health Rights

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in collaboration with Nailab have today launched an innovation accelerator, iAccelerator focused on promoting youth sexual reproductive health and rights. Techmoran reports that the program is part of UNFPA funded by UKAID.

The iAccelerator which has been launched under the I.AM initiative aims to encourage young people to realize their desire to talk about their sexuality and sexual reproductive health and to understand it by engaging with the right sources of information in an environment that is both safe and lacking stigmatization. All this will be supported by the engagement of tools and techniques anchored on technology.

Dr. Julitta Onabanjo, the Regional Director of UNFPA East and Southern Africa said that”

“Within the context of a rapidly evolving development and aid environment, it has become increasingly clear that UNFPA can no longer do business as usual. As the East and Southern Africa region strives to deliver excellence for the women, girls and young people we serve, innovation and out-of-the-box thinking will change the way we deliver programmes for years to come… The Innovation Accelerator provides an opportunity for the youth of our region to generate creative, market-based and context appropriate solutions to development challenges, while creating income-generating opportunities for young people in the process,”

 iAccelerator project will run from August to November this year but before it begins, the I.AM campaign will run first. During the campaign, young people will be called upon to engage in the sexuality and sexual reproductive health conversation. Four social enterprises led by young people will be picked to join the accelerator program and go through 2 months of training, mentoring and assistance for fine-tuning their solution and business model and 2 months of support in going to market for which training, mentorship and seed-funding of Ksh. 1,000,000 will be availed based on achievement of pre-agreed business milestones.

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