innovation: africa

TESTIMONIALS

Leaders from around the world

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

Head of the Abba Eban Institute for International Diplomacy in IDC Herzliya Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy, and Former Ambassador of Israel to the United Nations

Few people represent 'The Israeli Spirit' better than Sivan Yaari: that unique combination of ingenuity and entrepreneurship, of caring and daring that characterizes the country. Through Innovation: Africa, Sivan not only helps Africa to be a more welcoming habitat but also Israel to be a better society."

Ambassador Dani Dayan

Consul General of Israel in New York

Under the leadership of my good friend Sivan Ya’ari, Innovation: Africa has brought clean drinking water, medical capabilities and security to almost half a million people in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi and Uganda. I look forward to continuing our partnership in bringing innovative Israeli technologies to those in need throughout the world.”

Steve Israel

Former Congressman

As Tanzania’s current Minister of Education

and former Minister of Infrastructure and Water, I can tell you that Innovation: Africa is a true leader in the field and has done a great deal to help the rural people of my country. We’re so grateful for the Israeli technology that makes all of it possible.”

Dr. Shakuru Kawambwa

Member of Parliament for Bagamoyo, Tanzania and Former Minister of Education and Vocational Training

I must say Israel and Uganda have good relations. This is where our sister Sivan comes in because I think from my own experience she has been the catalyst in accelerating the relationship between Uganda and Israel. I’ve been extremely happy that the focus of the program that she has initiated, Innovation: Africa, focuses on the ordinary people who are in need, who are underprivileged, and who are deep in the countryside where the services of his access to power, to water, and health services are unheard of.”

Ruhakana Rugunda

Prime Minister of Uganda.

Ya’ari is a force of nature, the kind of person who achieves results in large part through her felt aura of her willpower. Her still young NGO, Innovation: Africa utilize solar power and Israeli technology to help bring clean water and electric power to people living in small, often remote, villages in Africa. Innovation: Africa has been able to create a system that seems to be impervious to breakdown, vandalism, or theft.”

Seth M. Siegel

Author of Let There be Water:
Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World.

We can help bring all of these immense advancements in technology, to help not only better the lives of Africans but solidify and strengthen the historic ties between Africa and the State of Israel. On behalf of the Jewish people I want to say to each and everyone of you ‘toda raba’ and thank you.”

Michael Oren

Former Ambassador to the United States, Former Member of the Knesset for the Kulanu party, and Former Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Office

I’m very happy to be from Egypt and at the same time to be here to speak about the Jewish support to Africa. I’m proud to be here to work with you and with the Israeli technologies that are being imported into Africa and that are making African lives better.”

Maged A. Abdelaziz

Former United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Africa and Former Egyptian Permanent Representative to the United Nations

“Innovation: Africa is a brilliant concept of combining Israeli creative energy and innovative spirit, with the Jewish concept of  ‘Tikkun 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

Head of MASHAV, Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation

As the Ambassador of Israel, this was a very emotional day. I was proud to witness first-hand how the innovations coming out of Israel have the power to transform lives.”

Dr. Eli Ben-Tura

Former Israeli ambassador to Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire and West African countries

Your work, you’re doing God’s work. It’s the most important work imaginable. You should be doing your work because it’s the right thing to do. It’s ‘tikkun olam’, it’s a mitzvah.”

Prof. Alan Dershowitz

American lawyer and academic

Innovation: Africa is leading a revolution by bringing electricity, water and innovation to Africa!"

MK Avraham Neguise

Chairman of the Knesset
Israel-Africa Caucus.