Nigeria and Africa at large suffer from poor implementation of sound and sustainable policies that support and foster growth and development. This is evident in the quality of infrastructures across all sectors; from health care to road, power, education, food and agriculture. This often leads to the dearth of basic amenities that are often taken for granted in other climes of the world.
The government should provide infrastructures, at least, create an enabling environment for economic growth and development but has failed in this regard. However, the organised private sector have in recent times increased its contributions not only in providing infrastructures and basic amenities to their local communities, also in real sector development.
In Africa, the development/civil society sector which is the bridge between the government and the private sector lacks sufficient structure and muscles to develop, influence and implement sound and sustainable policies that address these socioeconomic ailments and lack of infrastructures as a result of government failures. It should not be undermined that the sector has a lot to play in the development of Nigeria and Africa.
Hence, the Executive Master in Development Policies and Practices Programme organised by the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva designed this programme to strengthen the capacities of professionals in the public and development sectors especially in third world countries. In addition to strengthening their capacities, the programme is aimed at enabling them to implement sound and sustainable policies that contribute to human and socioeconomic development among others.
The Knowledge Exchange Centre is in partnership with the Institute to offer scholarship awards to professionals in the public and development sectors to build their capacities and to enable them implement sound and sustainable policies. The scholarship award is open to all Nigerians and English-speaking West Africans.
The Organisation, which commenced the Annual Scholarship Award Programme in 2016, is awarded its second scholarship on Tuesday, 25th of July, 2017. Special guests of honour were Mr. Charles Nwodo Jnr. Executive Chairman, XL Africa Group and Founder of the Knowledge Exchange Centre; Mr. Innocent Chukwuma, Regional Director, Ford Foundation; Mrs. Chinyere J. Annamah, MD/CEO, Jumia; Mrs. Uzo Oshogwe, MD/CEO, Afriland Properties PLC and Rev. Kole Olowofoyeku, Nigerian Development Foundation. The favoured beneficiary, Mr. Obasi O. Obiora, a Programme Manager from Ikeoha Foundation was selected out of hundreds of applications from across Nigeria and English-speaking West African countries.
The Centre for Entrepreneurship Knowledge Exchange also known as the Knowledge Exchange Centre (KEC) is a non-profit organisation established to tackle the employability issues among Nigerian graduates.
Roll call on picture from left to right -Mr. Innocent Chukwuma, Regional Director, Ford Foundation (Judge); Ms. Maria Glover, Executive Secretary, KEC; Dr. Roli Nwodo; Mr. Obiora Obasi, Recipient of KEC Scholarship Award for 2017; Mr.Charles Nwodo Jnr., Chairman Board of Trustees of KEC; Mrs. Uzo Oshogwe, MD/CEO, Afriland Properties (Judge) ; Rev. Kole Olowofoyeku, Founder, The Nigerian Development Foundation (Judge).