How women doctors are reaching marginalized communities in Pakistan
Säbeen Fatima Haque is the co-founder and Executive Director of doctHERs, an innovative healthcare platform in Pakistan that connects female doctors to millions of under-served patients using digital technology. The online marketplace helps reintegrate women practitioners into the workforce and empowers marginalized communities by circumventing sociocultural barriers that can restrict access to healthcare.
Haque was previously Country Director for Ashoka and Advisor to the US-Pakistani Women’s Council. An alumna of INSEAD and Harvard Kennedy School, she launched a boutique consultancy in 2014 focused on women-centric projects.
Corporate Social Intrapreneurs:
Championing inclusive opportunity and a circular economy at environmental group SUEZ
Benoît Bonello is Social Innovation Director at French environmental solutions group SUEZ, leading the company’s inclusive business approach with the goal of delivering a positive impact on society and the environment.
He steers the social enterprise schemes SUEZ Rebond Insertion and Maison pour Rebondir, which help long-term unemployed, disabled, senior and young people into work, while also developing jobs in the circular economy. At the same time, he champions transformation within SUEZ, including the launch of the employee-driven initiative SUEZ Act for the Planet.
Cleaning up: the Unilever intrapreneur campaigning for healthy, sustainable communities
Kanika Pal is South Asia Sustainability Head at consumer goods group Unilever. An award-winning corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability professional with more than 17 years of experience, she quit the corporate sector from 2015 to 2017 and founded the Solutions for Clean and Healthy Environment Foundation to influence behaviour change for a cleaner planet.
She has a great passion to understand the inter-connectedness between conserving the environment, enhancing livelihoods and improving the health of people to create sustainable communities. Pal was a Global Women in Leadership Award winner in 2022.
Public Social Intrapreneurs:
Transforming Sierra Leone’s capital city – with data and commitment
Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr has been Mayor of Freetown City Council, Sierra Leone, since May 2018. A finance professional by background, she is committed to transforming the city’s services, infrastructure and environment using an inclusive data-driven approach.
Her three-year Transform Freetown plan details 19 concrete targets in 11 sectors covering issues ranging from waste management to improving urban planning and tackling environmental degradation. Yvonne’s public-sector engagement began with her work as Director of Planning at the National Ebola Response Centre during the Ebola outbreak of 2014-2015.
Bringing joined-up support to Abu Dhabi’s families
Bushra Al Mulla is Director General of the Family Care Authority (FCA) of Abu Dhabi and a serial intrapreneur in the Abu Dhabi government, driving the vision and direction of the emirate’s social sector services.
Her work at FCA empowers and improves the quality of life of families, children, and people with disabilities by offering specialised and centralised services through a holistic and proactive approach and by adopting the unique, proposed the Integrated Case Management (ICM) Model, which provides streamlined support by identifying and addressing root causes behind prevailing social challenges and consolidating services distributed across several authorities.
Collective Social Innovation:
Mapping land use to protect the Amazon – and other wild places
MapBiomas (Brazil), co-led by Tasso Azevedo, Founder and General Coordinator, Julia Shimbo, Scientific Coordinator, and Marcos Rosa, Technical Coordinator.
MapBiomas is a collaborative network of more than 70 organizations in 14 countries that monitors land use and land use change in order to promote the conservation and sustainable management of natural resources and fight climate change. The initiative includes universities, NGOs and technology start-ups, which leverage state-of-the-art technology, shared tools and open codes to provide accessible and free data.
Helping Germany’s next generation of social innovators to change the world for the better
ProjectTogether (Germany), co-led by Philipp von der Wippel, Founder and Co-CEO, and Henrike Schlottmann, Co-CEO.
ProjectTogether is an innovation platform based in Germany that supports the talents of the next generation in developing ground-breaking ideas and concrete solutions to future challenges and areas of conflict between society, economy and politics. This work ranges from circular economy projects to climate-positive agriculture to support for refugees. It has already supported more than 1,000 social pioneers and built a network of over 500 volunteer coaches and 400 experts.
Transforming Punjab’s public education – and helping 2.3 million students
Punjab Education Collective (India), co-led by Khushboo Awasthi, Chief Operating Officer of ShikshaLokam, Rucha Pande, Chief Operating Officer at Mantra4Change, and Simranpreet Oberoi, co-founder and leader of Sanjhi Sikhiya.
Punjab Education Collective exists to transform the public education system of the state of Punjab, India, and improve its educational standards against global benchmarks. It does this by identifying challenges faced by stakeholders on the ground and then co-creating solutions to improve the educational experience. It is a collective of four organizations in the education space working together to impact 2.3 million students across 19,000 government schools in Punjab.
Ending poverty in Canada by targeting deprived communities
Tamarack Institute develops and supports collaborative strategies to fight poverty and solve major community issues mainly across Canada. It focuses primarily on vulnerable individuals, families and communities in deprived rural or peri-urban areas, and from Indigenous or immigrant backgrounds. The network has grown to more than 90 regional members, local non-profit or community associations, whose work impacts 22 million Canadians – equivalent to 58% of the country’s population.
Empowering women – and giving them voice – in the informal economy
Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) (Global), co-led by Sally Roever, International Coordinator (UK/US), Janhavi Dave, International Coordinator of HomeNet International (India), and Lorraine Sibanda, President of the Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (Zimbabwe).
WIEGO is a global network dedicated to improving the working conditions, rights, protection, economic opportunities and voice of all the working poor – particularly women – in the informal economy.
By combining the functions of a social movement and a think-tank, it promotes change in several ways. These include improving statistics and expanding knowledge on the informal economy; building networks and capacity among informal worker organizations; and networking to influence local, national and international policy-making.
Written by: Maria Inés Martin, Community and Impact Lead, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship; Sophia Otoo, Community, and Impact Specialist, World Economic Forum; Amy Kirby, Communication Specialist, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, World Economic
Original Source: World Economic Forum
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