Skoll World Forum: Applying a Silicon Valley mindset to social innovation

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An article by CAMFED Ghana Executive Director Dolores Dickson is contributing to a Skoll World Forum debate about social innovation with leading technology companies including Google, Twitter and LinkedIn.

The article argues that innovation needs to be sustainable and relevant to local communities in order to succeed in Africa.

For communities whose experience is one of extreme poverty, where the loss of a few coins can mean the difference between feeding your family and hunger, there is an understandable wariness about doing something ‘untried’. But that does not mean people are unwilling to do things differently – provided it is relevant.

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