Wednesday, June 27, 2012
ACCT International: Professional Development Workshop (Day 2)
Stephen Olieka from Mumias kicked off the second day of our professional development conference. He spoke about his experience with corporate social responsibility (CSR) and corporate philanthropy. Stephen currently works at Mumias and spoke about the company’s work. In addition, he previously worked for Safaricom, which I believe has the largest corporate foundation in Kenya. He also spoke about his own personal philanthropic efforts and how he was able to get projects in his hometown funded.
Stephen was followed by Faye Ekong, the regional training manager for Action Against Hunger. Faye began her talk by pointing out how surprised people typically are by her age after having seen her resume. I agree that I was impressed by her resume and surprised by her age. After her talk, I was joking to Cale that I would want to be like Faye when I grew up, except I think she is the same age as me. However, later in the evening I discovered it is possible that she isn’t even as old as I am and might even be five years younger than me. Talk about feeling under accomplished.
After our morning break we heard from Betty Nyagoha of the Gatoto Integrated Development Program. We met Betty through SPEA professor Jen Brass who has worked extensively with the school she runs in a Nairobi slum. Betty shared her inspirational personal story. Later, a participant posed the question, “How can we make more Bettys?”
After Betty, consultant Clyde Mutsotso presented. His consulting firm provides fundraising and financial services to organizations.
Our final speaker of the day was Haron Wachitra. He spoke on resource mobilization and his unique and extremely interesting social entrepreneurship model. His company sells stock in itself to local farmers and then assists them to organization and expand into value-added products to allow the farmers to benefit from economies of scale and increased revenue from products improved beyond the raw state. These products are sold through the company. The farmers make profits from their sales and through their ownership in the company.
We concluded the formal presentations with a round table discussion that allowed the participants to pose a variety of questions to Faye, Haron, Betty, and Stephen. Afterwards we awarded the participants with certificates of attendance. Unfortunately, the lighting in the room was pretty bad, and the pictures did not turn out well.