The Joint AU-ECCAS Election Observation Mission held a successful observer orientation programme and met with key stakeholders in Libreville, Gabon

The Heads of Mission, in their closing remarks at the training session, reminded observers of the critical role that was bestowed upon them and wished them success and safety in their respective assignments. The twenty-seven (27) observer teams will be dispatched across the country starting 25 August 2016 until 28 August 2016.

The objective of the AUEOM is to make an independent, objective and impartial assessment of the Presidential Elections in the Republic of Gabon in accordance with the national, regional and international standards in view to reinforce and consolidate the democratic aspirations of the country and its people.

Seventy-five (75) continental short term and long term observers drawn from thirty-two (32) Member States underwent an insightful two (2) day briefing programme that aimed to empower them with tools and information that will ensure their successful deployment and engagement in all electoral zones of Gabon during the Presidential Elections to be held on 27 August 2016.

During the programme, the observers of the Joint African Union (AU) � Economic Communities of Central African States (ECCAS) Election Observation Mission, drawn from the Permanent Representatives’ Committee (PRC), the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), Election Management Bodies (EMBs) and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) were briefed on Continental and International legal instruments and observation standards that will allow them to conduct their observation mission professionally and impartially as well as enable them to report their findings efficiently and accurately while preserving neutrality throughout the Electoral process.

The observers were briefed and interacted with representatives of key national stakeholder. The sessions provided an opportunity to discuss current electoral guidelines and best practices as well as to identify challenges and concerns in regards to the overall electoral campaigning and voting processes.

The Heads of the Joint AU-ECCAS Elections Observation Mission in Gabon H.E. Cassam UTEEM, former President of the Republic of Mauritius and H.E. Mr. Abou MOUSSA, Former Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) held audience with key stakeholders in the country with aims to gather as much information on the conduct of the electoral campaigns and get insight on preparations and the overall state of readiness for the upcoming electoral process. Among others, they met with: The Representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; The Secretary General at the Office of the President; The President of the National Communication Council (CNC); The Minister of Equal Opportunities; The Minister of Interior; The President of the Constitutional Court; And the President of the National Autonomous and Permanent Elections Commission (CENAP).

H.E. Cassam UTEEM and H.E. Mr. Abou MOUSSA also held bilateral meetings with international stakeholders, namely: The Head of the European Union Observation Mission; The Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA); The African Diplomatic Corps in Gabon; As well as the Head of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). They will continue meeting with key actors and representatives of the media in order to ensure the Mission’s credibility and visibility.

Source: African Union Commission (AUC).

Healthymagination Mother and Child Programme Welcomes its First Group of Social Entrepreneurs Addressing Maternal Child Health in Sub-Saharan Africa

GE ( www.GE.com)and Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship(www.SCU.edu/MillerCenter) launched the healthymagination Mother and Child Programme to accelerate health innovations in nine African countries

The programme has selected 17 African social entrepreneurs who will benefit from training and mentorship aimed at improving maternal and/or child health outcomes

The healthymagination Mother and Child Programme � launched in March 2016 by GE and Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship to address maternal and child mortality by supporting African social entrepreneurs operating in the health sector � has taken the first big step toward achieving its objective: selecting the first group of social enterprises that will receive training and mentoring.

After a rigorous evaluation process, 17 social entrepreneurs from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia were selected to be in the programme’s first cohort and are currently attending a three-day, in-person workshop in Nairobi, Kenya. This kick-off event packs core business lessons into a powerful three-day event facilitated by senior-level Miller Center mentors and GE business leaders. It is designed to help the social entrepreneurs acquire business fundamentals, improve their strategic thought processes, and articulate a business plan that demonstrates impact, growth and long-term financial sustainability.

Social innovations and entrepreneurs in the health sector have in recent years yielded sustainable solutions to some of the world’s biggest health challenges,rdquo; said Jay Ireland, GE Africa president and CEO. It is for this reason that the healthymagination Mother and Child programme is focusing on training and mentoring social entrepreneurs working on increasing the quality, access and affordability of maternal and child health in sub-Saharan Africa, thereby enabling more women and children to experience better health.rdquo;

Thane Kreiner, Ph.D., executive director, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship said, Despite major gains made globally in maternal and child mortality, the levels in sub-Saharan Africa remain unacceptably high. This GE and Miller Center collaboration takes an innovative and highly practical approach to combatting this challenge, by providing African social entrepreneurs with the skills and resources they need to expand the positive impact of their interventions.rdquo;

We are excited to work with our first cohort of social entrepreneurs to improve mother and child care in Sub-Saharan Africa. This program builds on GE’s strong track record in bringing innovation to emerging markets while increasing positive health outcomes,rdquo; said Robert Wells, executive director of strategy for GE’s healthymagination commitment.

The initial workshop will be followed by a six-month, online accelerator programme, where mentorship will be provided by high-profile Silicon Valley-based executives who have themselves undergone mentorship training by Miller Center. This accelerator and mentorship programme will culminate in a Premier Pitchrdquo; event in Africa where the 17 participants will present their respective enterprises to an audience of potential investors.

This training and mentoring that blends Silicon Valley entrepreneurial principles with venture impact investing utilizes Miller Center’s Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBIreg;) methodology, which has been proven and refined through 12 years of working with more than 570 social enterprises worldwide. Participants will also be introduced to GE’s portfolio of products; hence they will gain specialized support and training on technologies and resources for the maternal and child health sector.

In alphabetical order, here are the social enterprises selected for the healthymagination Mother amp; Child programme�along with the countries in which they operate and the social entrepreneurs leading them: Access Afya (Kenya; Dr. Daphne Ngunjiri); ayzh, (Kenya; Habib Anwar and Zubaida Bai); Health-E-Net (Kenya; Pratap Kumar); Hewa Tele (Kenya; Steve Alred Adudans); LifeNet International (Uganda, Burundi and DRC; Stefanie Weiland); Live Well Social Enterprise Business (Zambia; Charles Kalonga); Lwala Community Alliance (Kenya; Julius Mbeya and Ash Lauren Rogers); Nurture Africa (Uganda; Brian Iredale); Outreach Medical Services (Nigeria; Dr. Segun Ebitanmi); Peach Health (Ghana; Cobby Amoah); PurpleSource Healthcare (Nigeria; Olufemi Sunmonu); SaferMom (Nigeria; Adeloye Olanrewaju); Telemed Medical Services (Ethiopia; Yohans Emiru); The Shanti Uganda Society (Uganda; Natalie Angell-Besseling); Tulivu Imaging (Kenya; Matthew Rehrig); and Village Hopecore International (Kenya; Anne Gildea).

For more information on the programme, kindly visithttp://apo.af/gt7wnv

Source: GE.Media Contacts:

Ms Raissa Ahishakiye

GE@newmark.co.ke

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About GE’s healthymagination commitment:

GE’s healthymagination commitment is about better health for more people. We continuously develop and invest in innovations that deliver high-quality, more affordable healthcare to more people around the world. For more information about our healthymagination commitment, visit www.gesustainability.com.

About Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship:

Founded in 1997, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship is one of three Centers of Distinction at Santa Clara University in California. Miller Center accelerates global, innovation-based entrepreneurship in service to humanity. Its strategic focus is on poverty eradication through its three areas of work: The Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI), Impact Capital, and Education and Action Research. To learn more about Miller Center or any of its social entrepreneurship programs, visit www.scu.edu/MillerCenter.

About Santa Clara University:

Santa Clara University (www.SCU.edu), a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its more than 9,000 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business and engineering; master’s degrees in business, education, counselling psychology, pastoral ministry and theology; and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.’s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see www.scu.edu.