The Rockefeller Foundation announced yesterday that Jane Weru, SDI board member, founder of the Kenyan support NGO and executive director of Akiba Mashinani Trust, will be honored with an award for innovative work which exemplifies the mission and vision of the Rockefeller Foundation to promote the well-being of humanity around the world. Watch the video of Jane’s acceptance speech here, and an NTV interview with her here.
The award will be given as part of the Foundation’s inaugural Innovation Forum, to be held on 27 July 2011 in New York City:
The 2011 Innovation Forum will place a particular focus on identifying major challenges facing the poor and vulnerable in the areas of food security, global water security and urban economic security in American cities. The program also aims to pinpoint potential new approaches to solving some of these most pressing issues.
Awards will also be presented to President Bill Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States, Sania Nishtar, founder and president of the NGO think tank Heartfile, and Kiva in the Classroom. For more information on the Innovation Forum and awards, read the press release here, and a short article here.
For more on SDI’s work in Kenya, read Jane’s article in Environment & Urbanization describing the important work of the Kenyan urban poor federation and support NGO around upgrading, tenure, and developing community capacity to manage these, or visit the Kenya country page.