Njideka U. Harry

Njideka U. Harry

The Youth for Technology Foundation

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Njideka U. Harry is the Founder and CEO of Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF), an innovative non-profit company focused on using the power of technology to transform the lives of millions of rural youth and women living in developing countries by addressing social needs in education, entrepreneurship, agriculture and health.

Njideka has over 13 years of experience in non-profit administration and planning, program management and social impact and has provided strategic vision and leadership to YTF’s innovations for scalable solutions to developing world problems. In 2011, she was selected as an Ashoka Fellow.

  1. 745 days ago

    Paul Ndichu

    i dearly like what your doing and i given a chance i have something for the unskilled youths



  2. 746 days ago

    Núcleo Da Cátedra Cátedra Unesco Amde

    Hello Njideka. My name is Vera Guarda from Brazil. I work for 20 years at the University of Ouro Preto in Minas Gerais, as a teacher of Water Quality in the School of Pharmacy. Since 2006, I coordinate a UNESCO Chair: water, women and development. Inside the Chair we work with women to improve the environment and take care of water quality to prevent diseases.
    But just take care of our Environment for women is little, why do they need a better quality of life. Thus, we seek to empower them for the job market by offering short courses, with emphasis to the labor market, organizational psychology and environmental education.
    We are having good results, but we have no resources to continue, so I and my team are creating within our Chair design team to create projects for resources.
    So I signed us up for Changemakers competition.



  3. 746 days ago

    Núcleo Da Cátedra Cátedra Unesco Amde

    Hello Njideka. My name is Vera Guard Brazil. I work for 20 years at the University of Ouro Preto in Minas Gerais, as a teacher of Water Quality in the School of Pharmacy. Since 2006, I coordinate a UNESCO Chair: water, women and development. Inside the Chair we work with women to improve the environment and take care of water quality to prevent diseases.
    But just take care of our Environment for women is little, why do they need a better quality of life. Thus, we seek to empower them for the job market by offering short courses, with emphasis to the labor market, organizational psychology and environmental education.
    We are having good results, but we have no resources to continue, so I and my team are creating within our Chair design team to create projects for resources.
    So I signed us up for Changemakers competition.



  4. 749 days ago

    Vanessa Lissa Winston

    Hello Njideka. I have identified social problems on my island and i have been trying to get this idea to the authourity at be. they to have identified that there is a problem but do nothing about it, i am 36 years with four children and had to be a single parent for years, i only got married last year, so i am well aware of the things that single women fases with no father help. How do you influence the powers at be to listen to you and do something about the things thats affecting our young persons. i somethime feel like giving up but some of these young women call me looking for guidance and i i give up i give up on myself and my children cause i dont know what situation my girls will be in later in life. How do i say it and make them listen and act.



  5. 752 days ago

    Piotr Michalak

    Hello Njideka, I’m impressed by YTF work. Its inspiring for me. Especially, I want to use new technologies to achieve similar goals. I want to use it to give the Polish artists from the provinces possibility to earning money, to be more entrrprising and to start creative economy away the biggest cities. Maybe You have some advices to me?



    • Njideka Harry

      Hi Piotr, absolutely. My advice for you? Get started. Also, you may want to think about any cultural/tourist opportunities that you can incorporate to empower these artists to lead economically self sustaining lives. Good luck!

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  6. 752 days ago

    Shantel Nubia

    Greetings Njideka,

    I’ve been doing research on your organization, YTF, and you’ve done some phenomenal work in East Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the United States for the last 12 years. Congratulations, Sustainability is not an easy task especially or non-profits in a recession.

    I’ve been building a strong foundation for my start-up over the last two years. And I hate to say it but I’m facing a lot of discrimination; a glass ceiling. I’ve applied to numerous technology incubator hubs and mentoring programs but can’t seem to get any assistance. And when someone says they are willing to “help” its usually an exploitative gesture.

    My social enterprise, Nubian Energy, is green technology company that provides renewable energy battery chargers (The NuEnergy Charger) and empowerment programs to those in the community. Every NuEnergy Charger purchased will help the community through our empowerment programs which focuses on Environmental, Educational, Economic, and Cultural upliftment. We focus on uplifting people of low incomes in the U.S. and on the continent of Africa.

    My company will officially launch by the end of this year so in no way am I giving up the fight. But what advice can you give to another social entrepreneur overcoming prejudice? Also, did you have a mentor to help guide you along your journey?

    Warm regards,

    Shantel Nubia



    • Njideka Harry

      Shantel ~ thanks for reaching out and for your interest in our work at Youth for Technology Foundation. Be sure to tell others and follow us on twitter (@youthfortech). Nubian Energy sounds interesting and I read more about your work as part of Ashoka’s Power of Small competition. Congratulations. You can expect with any start-up, 100+ doors will be closed before one is opened. The right one. You will learn to manage your “failures” in such a way that you can still open the door and change the world. This is extraordinary leadership, the ability to learn from the past and transfer that experience into the future. Being an entrepreneur is very lonely so it is important that you become as humble as dust and surround yourself with good, really good people, including mentors. Best of luck!

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  7. 755 days ago

    Okocha Nkem Christiana

    Hello Njideka, Thanks for sharing your experience and knowledge with us.

    My innovation is mobile money biz loan for women, that is access to capital through their mobile phones. Mobile Money Biz Loan for women is an opportunity for women to access loan for business. We register their phone numbers, for mobile money,by using mobile money applications their phone numbers become their account number and they can conduct financial transactions without going to the bank.

    How has the response been since you started your recent program? (Nigeria Women Entrepreneurs and Value Added Service program)

    thanks



    • Njideka Harry

      Hello Christiana, your idea is noble. Feel free to reach out again to us at ytf@youthfortechnology.org. We will continue to provide blog updates and information on the Youth for Technology Foundation (www.youthfortechnology.org) website about the Women Entrepreneurs and Value Added Services project.

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    • Okocha Nkem Christiana

      Thanks.

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  8. 755 days ago

    Fortune Wills

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    Ore Somolu

    HALLO NJI Harry, I’m so glad to learn about your recent work[Youth for Technology Foundation].

    I would like to learn about work experience with the Nigeria Women Entrepreneurs and Value Added Service program – that is if there is anything to share yet. I am keen about if the SMS advice is tailored to specific groups of entrepreneurs and feedback mechanisms from the women. Are the messages composed in the local dialects? Are the women all assumed to be literate? Will the women entrepreneurs also have the opportunity to learn how to use SMS in their businesses for direct marketing and other related purposes?,would like you to share your experience



  9. 756 days ago

    Amkon Tujasogfdiesr

    Do you only work in social an women developmental.
    I am really worried that my innovation is regarding technological industrial with no social.
    Answer please do you support technological innovation?? to: Adibturknani@yahoo.com
    Adib Al-Turkmani



    • Njideka Harry

      Amkon, there are many successful for profit companies out that don’t have a clear social mission. It all depends on what your vision is and how clearly this is defined.

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  10. 756 days ago

    Amkon Tujasogfdiesr

    Do you only work in social an women developmental.
    I am really worried that my innovation is regarding technological industrial with no social.
    Answer please do you support technological innovation?? toAdibturknani@yahoo.com
    Adib Al-Turkmani



  11. 756 days ago

    Ore Somolu

    Hi Njideka, I’m so glad to learn about YTF’s recent work. I think it’s very important how you make the link between information technology and empowering women in very real ways. I think the potential of technology to revolutionise how women entrepreneurs operate is particularly important.

    I would like to learn about YTF’s experience with the Nigeria Women Entrepreneurs and Value Added Service program – that is if there is anything to share yet (considering the project was launched a month ago). I am especially curious about if the SMS advice is tailored to specific groups of entrepreneurs and feedback mechanisms from the women. Are the messages composed in the local language? Are the women all assumed to be literate? Will the women entrepreneurs also have the opportunity to learn how to use SMS in their businesses for direct marketing and other related purposes?



    • Njideka Harry

      Ore, great to re-connect and thanks for your interest in our work. The messages are composed in English at this phase of the project as the women beneficiaries and it is assumed that they have at least a secondary school education. The SMS messages also are tailored to different modules of the training which is simultaneously being delivered and is a combination of didactic, experiential workshops, industry tours and guest speakers.

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  12. 756 days ago

    Appiah Benjamin

    Appiah Benjamin
    This is an innovative program I would use my expertise to support. Women are the backbone of our world and we need to build their capacity through technology.



    • Njideka Harry

      Thanks for stopping by, Appiah. To learn more about the program and how to lend your support, join us in the conversation on facebook or twitter (@youthfortech).

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  13. 756 days ago

    Beatrice ‘Hephzibah’ Kay

    Hello Njideka, great work you are doing for rural youth and women. I am glad Africans are beginning to proffer solutions from within and developing the potentials of its youth and women. I have a few questions. What specific African countries/regions does your organisation cover? Can you share insights on your approach to meeting your development goals and the challenges you face while achieving them.. Thanks.



    • Njideka Harry

      Beatrice, in Africa, YTF works in Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa. We partner with like-minded organizations in many of these countries to deliver our repertoire of services and programs tailored to the local communities. In Nigeria, we recently launched the Women Entrepreneurs and Mobile Technology program in partnership with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. In fulfillment of our vision, we have developed 4 pillars in which our programs are designed: Entrepreneurship, Education, Health and Agriculture. We partner with our beneficiaries in the design and implementation of programs that best meet their needs. Where technology is deemed an enabler, it is introduced. In the implementation of any of our programs, it is imperative that the community is involved from the onset of the idea and in so doing, we develop trust of and ownership by the beneficiaries. Happy to continue the conversation. feel free to join us on facebook or twitter (@youthfortech).

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    • Beatrice ‘Hephzibah’ Kay

      Thanks Njideka for your response. I sure will join the conversion, following now on twitter. Best wishes

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    • Beatrice ‘Hephzibah’ Kay

      ?Thanks Njideka for your response. I sure will join the conversation, following now on twitter. Best wishes

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  14. 757 days ago

    Margaret Naylor

    Very interesting project. I work with seniors and have noted that they are slower than younger people to embrace technology. With sustained mentorship however they find the confidence to take on this new challenge and bring their wealth of life experience to the project at hand. In our fast paced world that technology has created, it is important to remember to allow for a change of pace when working with generations who have little experience with new technology.



    • Njideka Harry

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Margaret. Absolutely, there are very many socio-economic and cultural factors that play a role. It’s not a “one size fits all” approach. The beneficiary must be in the center of the program design. It is imperative to understand the beneficiary, first, and then co-design programs that best fit their needs, delivered at a pace that is appropriate. The people (in your case, seniors) you work with are the solution and not a passive beneficiary.

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  15. 757 days ago

    Linda Kamau

    Hi Njideka, great work you are doing there and I’m lucky to have met you in New York last month.



    • Njideka Harry

      Lucky to have met you too, Linda. I enjoyed learning about your work and absolutely will visit you all when next I’m in Kenya. Thanks for reaching out.

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  16. 757 days ago

    Seiji Fujita

    Njideka,

    Can you tell us how was the click?
    As “the penny dropped” for change?

    I believe that everyone has a gift.
    Some people already know, others take a little more like me.
    As happened to you?

    Cordially,

    Seiji.



    • Njideka Harry

      Seiji, this is one of my favorite sayings, “there are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting”. Each of us, Seiji, can work to change a small portion of events. We can.

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  17. 757 days ago

    Phoebe Brown

    One of our organizations concerns is how to leverage understanding and training in technology into opportunity. Many of our students still face significant social hurdles due to caste, religion, gender, life skills and we want to work toward the next step — past training into livelihood. You many have answers to this on your website but it seems like your server is down. I’d love to here your insights and successes.



    • Njideka Harry

      Phoebe, thanks for your interest in our work and please keep in touch via facebook or twitter to learn more. The website address is http://www.youthfortechnology.org. It is important to first understand what the student thinks is of particular interest or concern and then introduce the tools, including technology if appropriate, to address the issue. The “training” must start, first with the conversation then the tool and not the other way round. Thanks for continuing the discussion.

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  18. 757 days ago

    Jay Rayford

    Very nice to read about your passion and have the ability to converse with you! I’ve been interested in developing a Startup Weekend (www.startupweekend.org) type of program for middle and high school students. I had the chance to attend one of the events here in Michigan and it changed the way i thought about starting a venture. I think we can expose our youth to the lean startup way of thinking sooner, the more successful their ventures will be and the greater social impact they can have earlier on! I commend you for all that you’re doing and look forward to the conversations here.



    • Njideka Harry

      Absolutely. I haven’t personally attended Startup Weekend, but it sounds like an interesting approach and even more so for youth. Bottom line – people are more likely to succeed when they are exposed to the right opportunities. That can be in school, in business or otherwise. Yes, let’s keep the conversation going. Tell others.

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  19. 758 days ago

    Marzena

    Hi Njideka, thank you so much for sharing your insights with us! I’m looking forward to the conversation. What regions do you primarily work in, and how do they compare to each other in terms of the kind of challenges faced by the women entrepreneurs there?



    • Njideka Harry

      Marzena, thanks for reaching out. YTF is implementing the Women Entrepreneurs Mobile Value Added Service program in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. This region historically has generated nearly 80% of Nigeria’s revenue, yet the majority of the population there remains in dire poverty and the region has been plagued by violent conflict. The challenges faced by women in this region are similar in the sense that they often do not have the education, resources (capital) or the enabling environment to expand their businesses (for instance from petty trades to small/medium sized enterprises). The program empowers these women to close the existing gender and financial divide.

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