UNFPA partners Nailab to launch iAccelerator, calls for applications

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has announced a partnership with Nailab, a Kenyan based tech business incubator, to launch an innovative accelerator focused on promoting youth sexual reproductive health and rights.

Known as iAccelerator, the program seeks to use technology to address the sexual (and health) issues among the youths in Kenya.

The iAccelerator will be preceded by the campaign I.AM, which will run from June to August 2016.

The campaign is a call for young people to realize their desire to talk about, learn and understand their sexuality and sexual reproductive health by engaging with the right sources of information in a safe and un-stigmatized environment.

During the campaign, young innovators and entrepreneurs are to submit their ideas on solutions that address access to information and services on sexual reproductive health for the youth.

Four entrepreneurs with innovative ideas will be accepted into the iAccelerator where they’ll receive training, mentoring, seed funding, et al.

The iAccelerator will run from September to November, 2016. Interested participants should apply by July 26, 2016.

The initiative was developed with the support of the National Council for Population and Development (NCPD) and the Ministry of Health, and is part of a regional initiative of UNFPA East and Southern Africa Regional Office funded by UKAID.

“Within the context of a rapidly evolving development and aid environment, it has become increasingly clear that UNFPA can no longer do business as usual. As the East and Southern Africa region strives to deliver excellence for the women, girls and young people we serve, innovation and out-of-the-box thinking will change the way we deliver programmes for years to come,” said Dr. Julitta Onabanjo, Regional Director for UNFPA East and Southern Africa.

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