INNOVATION: AFRICA RECEIVES UN AWARD

SIVAN YAARI

Founder & CEO of Innovation: Africa

JOHN W. ASHE

President of the United Nations General Assembly

YIPING ZHOU

Director, United Nations Office for South-South

Cooperation, UNDP New York.

ACHIM STEINER

UNEP Executive Director

and Under-Secretary

General of the

United Nations

was honored with the Innovation Award at the United Nations Global South-South Development Expo in Nairobi. We were presented with the award after Sivan Yaari, the Founder & CEO of Innovation: Africa, spoke about our work bringing Israeli solar technology to power rural African schools, medical clinics, orphanages and water pumping systems.

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SIVAN WAS ONE OF 50 PANELISTS PRESENTING AT THE GLOBAL GATHERING OF LEADERS IN THE FIELD,

handpicked after an extensive nomination process lasting several months. She was selected to share our cost-efficient, self-sustaining model for rural electrification, developed over the last 8 years using Israeli technology and expertise.

To date, Innovation: Africa has completed 124 solar projects in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi, Uganda, South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo, impacting the lives of nearly

1 million people.

Since we were awarded Special Consultative Status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council in June of 2012, we have become active members of the UN community. We've issued formal statements translated into the 6 official UN languages and distributed to leaders from around the world. We have gone to countless UN conferences and events, and we were invited to speak at the High Level Economic and Social Council Meeting in Geneva.

Today, after just a year in the United Nations community, we have been recognized as leaders in the field. The Innovation Award is one of only five such honors granted each year at this global summit.

MULLY DOR

Chairperson of the Board AJEEC-NISPED

SIVAN YAARI

Founder & CEO of Innovation: Africa

GIL HASKEL

Head of MASHAV – Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation

WE WERE PROUD TO ATTEND 
THIS CONFERENCE AS PART OF THE ISRAELI DELEGATION, AND HONORED TO ACCEPT THIS AWARD IN RECOGNITION OF OUR EFFORTS THESE LAST EIGHT YEARS.

YAKI LOPEZ

Deputy Ambassador of Israel to Kenya

The amazing work that Innovation: Africa is doing serves as an inspiration to all Israelis. This is the face of Israel that I am so proud to represent in the halls of the United Nations.

 

RON PROSOR

Israel’s Former Ambassador

to the United Nations

 

Innovation: Africa is a brilliant concept of combining Israeli creative energy and innovative spirit, with the Jewish concept of 'Tikun Olam' and compassion. Together these characteristics are making a significant difference for so many lives in rural Africa, and building eternal bridges of friendship between Jews, Israelis and Africans.

 

Gil HASKEL

Israel’s Ambassador

to Kenya

 

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