First Innovation Camp in Mogadishu

The livestock sector is the largest contributor to Somali livelihoods with over 65% of the population engaged in some way in the industry. Exports of livestock and their products account for 80 percent of exports in normal years but exports have been periodically interrupted by droughts and international bans such as the one imposed by Saudi Arabia in 2000 and subsequent years.

UNDP Somalia in collaboration with the ministry of planning, investments and economic development and ministry of trade and industry is conducting the first ever innovation camp targeting the Somalia dairy sector. They looking for diverse group of young innovators with different skills different skills (engineers, artists, programmers, designers, marketing etc.), that are passionate about community development, to participate in a five-day social innovation camp

The top ideas will receive mentoring and incubation support from UNDP’s Incubator in Somalia and an opportunity to travel to participate in a UNDP regional Youth Leadership event in November.

The #InnovateForSomalia event will be a 5-day event and will be awesome mentors, experts, and facilitators. The Participants will have a chance to learn creative problem solving, develop leadership potential, become a social entrepreneur and collaborate with like-minded change makers.

Who’s eligible to apply?
• Individuals or teams of 3 – 5 members can apply (diversity in skills and gender is highly recommended)
• All applicants must be between ages 19 – 30
• Volunteering experience is a plus
• English language is required

Innovate for Somalia (the dairy industry) is a social innovation initiative which aims to bring together the best young talent to learn, brainstorm and design innovative solutions for the local challenges in Somalia. One of the largest industries, in Somalia.

The first challenge will focus on the dairy industry, one of the largest sectors with a lot of potential for growth in Somalia. However many challenges need to be solved. For example, milk production is far below the demand. Other challenges include droughts causing severe loss of animals and grazing lands, diseases, problems with transportation, lack of tools and equipment like good storage and processing facilities, a lack of hygienic bottling and poor facilities in the local market such as proper milk shelters.

Using Stanford’s design thinking process, youth together with the local community, public and private sector will come together to share their insights, experience, and expertise in a 5-day innovation camp. Top solutions will receive more support

The link for applying the challenge is here and check the facebook page event.