Youths in training as innovators and peacebuilders

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TEN teams of youth innovators and peacebuilders had the chance to put their ideas onto Business Model Canvas this week during the Peacebuilding Pre-Accelerator training workshop in Honiara on Tuesday.

The Peacebuilding Pre-Accelerator Programme, supported by UN Peacebuilding Fund, implemented by UNDP and UN Women, brings youth representatives from remote communities as well as marginalised youths around Honiara, to identify social problems and challenges in Solomon Islands and come up with solutions towards sustainable peace and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

A series of four training workshops is facilitated by Keith, Youth Innovation Specialist at UNDP who is an innovation ecosystem builder from Hong Kong.

The first workshop focuses on Business Model Canvas, a strategic business management tool that visually presents one idea’s value proposition, target customers, infrastructure, and finances.

Youth leader of White River Community, Moses Au, stated that his group has learned a lot in the first workshop and will soon be getting their ideas into prototyping.

“The highlight for me in the workshop was bringing my team’s idea into fundamentals of business elements, which is something new.

“Using the Business Model Canvas, we have strengthened the social issues we targeted and sharpened our uniqueness.”

“I am looking forward to continue learning about the process of starting a business based on social issues,” Moses said.

The youths joined the programme through an application process and will be trained to become problem solvers by transforming their innovative ideas into reality and prototypes, and pilot the concepts into market within a month.

The teams will showcase and present their work for a project grant at the Youth Peacebuilding Innovation Forum.

The forum will be hosted in Honiara next month, gathering youths from all provinces to get connected with like-minded peacebuilders in exhibitions, and inspired by local innovators through stories and discussions.

–UNPBF PRESS

 

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