Mowgli Mentoring is partnering with the World Bank Group and the Ghana Climate Innovation Centre (GCIC) to deliver its first mentoring program in West Africa.
To strengthen the Ghana Climate Innovation Centre’s (GCIC) current offering, non-profit Mowgli Mentoring will design and facilitate a six-month structured mentoring program to satisfy two key objectives:
- To support the transfer of learning regarding what it takes to run an impactful mentoring program and
- to deliver a pilot program which will train up to 12 business professionals as mentors and match them with up to 12 entrepreneurs in one-to-one relationships.
The program aims to guide them in overcoming their personal, technical, and business challenges to achieve long-term growth and sustainability.
Commenting on the program, Ruka Sanusi, executive director of GCIC said,
“In addition to providing the technical and advisory services that allows our entrepreneurs to elevate their entrepreneurial journey, our partnership with Mowgli Mentoring provides an additional mechanism to support our entrepreneurs to optimise their mindset for entrepreneurial success – and to become extraordinary.”
Speaking on the partnership, World Bank Group ’s representative, Charlotte Ntim stated
“Mentorship opportunities are frequently credited as one of the main benefits that start-ups receive from incubators and accelerators and as a critical ingredient to start-up success. We hope this partnership will support the GCIC in building and implementing a robust mentorship program for its clients.”
This program kicks off amidst Mowgli Mentoring’s expansion strategy, which has seen the organisation recently expand its operations into Sub-Saharan Africa from predominantly serving the Middle East and North Africa region. While this is its pioneer program in West Africa, Mowgli already has a footprint in East Africa, with regional operations currently anchored in Kenya, and an ongoing project in Ethiopia.
Kathleen Bury, Mowgli’s chief executive officer said,
“We are excited to be delivering our first mentoring program in West Africa in partnership with the World Bank Group and the GCIC, who are both committed to investing in and supporting the development of human capital to unlock greater personal, business and economic growth. Having delivered 90+ mentoring programs across 15 countries and three continents, we are confident that, through this pilot program, our partners will achieve their objectives and their innovators and entrepreneurs will be empowered to develop more sustainable business models and stronger leaders.”
To raise awareness about mentoring, its meaning as well as its importance and value in driving economic development and social change, Mowgli will facilitate a Mentoring Awareness Session (MAS) in December for selected individuals interested in becoming mentors within this program, using Mowgli’s European Mentoring and Coaching Council-accredited mentoring methodology to raise awareness and provide clarity around the differences between mentoring, coaching, training, and consulting, as well as the importance, benefits and impact of mentoring for both mentors and mentees..
About Mowgli Mentoring
Mowgli Mentoring is a not-for-profit organisation driving inclusive economic and social change in the Middle East and Africa. Our unique, award-winning methodology provides a supportive framework which empowers entrepreneurs, corporate employees, women and youth to unlock their potential and seize new opportunities.
Over the past decade Mowgli has worked with philanthropists, and local and international governmental and private sector partners to provide mentoring across 14 countries in the Middle East and North Africa. We have trained more than a thousand mentors who have supported entrepreneurs from all sectors. They create and safeguard jobs, producing a significant economic and social return on investment. We are now also expanding our operations across Africa, and in addition to remaining focused on entrepreneurs, we will have an increased focus on women and youth as key additional beneficiaries of our programs.
Mowgli Mentoring’s methodology supports long-term professional and personal development. Our volunteer mentors are trained to listen, guide and inspire. Mentors themselves testify as to how the mentoring process also helps their own development. We systematically match mentors with mentees, and provide structured support as they co-develop long-term, trust-based relationships. Our approach is a practical and sustainable way of developing human capital to the benefit of the whole community.
As a recognised leader in the field of mentoring, we were awarded the European Quality Award by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council in 2016 for our program syllabus.
To learn more about Mowgli Mentoring, visit www.mowgli.org.uk.
About Ghana Climate Innovation Centre
The Ghana Climate Innovation Centre (GCIC) is a pioneering business incubator whose objective is to support entrepreneurs and ventures involved in developing profitable and locally appropriate solutions to climate change mitigation and adaptation in Ghana. The Centre’s focus is on businesses operating within the areas of energy efficiency, domestic waste m
GCIC Mowglianagement, solar energy, water supply management and purification, and climate-smart agriculture. Located on the Ashesi University College Campus in Berekuso, the GCIC has 10 entrepreneurs in the incubator and is recruiting for Cohort Two entrepreneurs.
The GCIC is part of the World Bank Group’s infoDev Climate Technology Program. Its global network of Climate Innovation Centres includes centres in the Caribbean, Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco, South Africa, and Vietnam. Supported by the governments of Denmark and the Netherlands, the Centre is managed by a consortium led by the Ashesi University College and including Ernst & Young, SNV Ghana, and the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa.
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