IMPACT SWAP

Introduction

This program targets or aims at achieving the sharing of knowledge and professional experience between Kenya’s best brains and the best brains of the G11 countries. This program specifically trains young professionals both in government, in the private sector, and on their final years in college and high school, to continue to gain skills needed to make proper decisions and majorly positive influence changes in the various industries they lead in Kenya.

Partnerships

Impact Swap is a partnership between the Kenyan Government, local, international organizations, and Institutions to train cohorts of sixty six young professionals each year, 6 from each sector mentioned above, posted in different colleges in G11 countries. It is a brainchild of

  1. Impactnet Africa
  2. Diplomatic Executive Services
  3. Youth for a Better Kenya – YBK
  4. Pan African Youth Alliance of Kenya – PAYAK

The project should be supported by both the government of Kenya and the private sector as part of the government agenda to impart relevant knowledge and skills to the best of Kenya youth to spar innovation, critical thinking, and the establishment of ideas that spark economic growth.  Countries that we partner with, the Great ten of the world include;

  1. The United States
  2. The United Kingdom
  3. Canada,
  4. France
  5. Germany
  6. Italy
  7. Japan
  8. China
  9. Russia
  10. Australia
  11. Israel

Justification

Impact Swap brings together a small group of young professionals from both government, the private profit and non-profit sectors for a specific period of training (usually six months) in the G11 Countries, giving the young government officials and business leaders a unique opportunity to gain in-depth multilateral, transnational and multicultural experience by providing a solid understanding of the role and functioning of leadership management in their various components, and making them strong advocates for the multilateral system in their future careers.

These skills are of vital importance when they return back to their positions in government or the private sector. These professionals are posted in the best schools and companies abroad for six months exchange program. After which they must return back home and implement what they have learned here. For startup founders, the ideas and concepts should receive funding from various stakeholders to get their ideas turned into businesses.

Uniqueness

To make the swap complete, these international institutions we partner with also get to release their best to come to Kenya in exchange for those that have been taken abroad. While here, those exchanged for Kenyans abroad get to be posted to different companies, organizations, and institutions in Kenya, where they are expected to share the knowledge, they have and learn from Kenyans as well. Those who choose to stay and partner with Kenyans to start businesses are free to do so.

Program Paths include:

  • Program Path 1: Entrepreneurship and Business Management
  • Program Path 2: International Relations and Diplomacy
  • Program Path 3: Public Policy and Civic Engagement
  • Program Path 4: Health and Medicine
  • Program Path 5: Information, Communication, and Technology
  • Program Path 6: Media and Film
  • Program Path 7: Climate Resilience and Environment Conservation
  • Program Path 8: Agribusiness and Agro-processing
  • Program Path 9: Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Program Path 10: Math, Sciences for High Schools
  • Program Path 11: History and Business for High Schools

 Institutions Involved

Kenyan Government Ministries

  1. Education
  2. Youth Affairs
  3. Labor
  4. Trade and Industry
  5. Foreign Affairs
  6. Finance

International entities we partner or intend to partner with include

  • Diplomatic Executive Services New York
  • Global Student Services of America
  • Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders
  • Unite States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • United Nations General Assembly Youth Fellowship
  • The International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX)

Proposed Local Institutions of learning

  1. University of Nairobi
  2. Kenyatta University
  3. Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
  4. Technical University of Kenya
  5. Strathmore University
  6. United States International University – Africa
  7. African Nazarene University
  8. Kenya Methodist University
  9. Day Star University
  10. One top student from each of the best ten high schools in Kenya

International Universities include

NoCountryProgram Paths 1 through 3Program Paths 4 through 7Program Paths 8 through 11
1United StatesInternational Institute of ManagementStanford UniversityMassachusetts Institute of Technology
2United KingdomCambridge UniversityLondon School of EconomicsOxford University
3CanadaUniversity of TorontoUniversity of British ColumbiaSimon Fraser University
4FranceUniversite Paris SaclayUniversity of FranceSorbonne University
5GermanyTechnical University of MunichHeidelberg UniversityUniversity of Cologne
6ItalyUniversity of BolognaUniversity of MilanPolytechnic University of Turin
7JapanUniversity of TokyoKyoto UniversityOsaka University
8ChinaPeking UniversityNanjing UniversityTongji University
9RussiaMoscow State UniversitySt. Petersburg State UniversityKazan Federal University
10AustraliaUniversity of MelbourneMonash UniversityThe University of Sydney
11IsraelHebrew University of JerusalemWeizzman Institute of ScienceTel Aviv University

Training Program

Those participating in the program participate in it for a period of one year, which includes the following:

  1. Six months (two semesters) training at a university or higher institution of learning
  2. Three months of internship and startup projects pitching at a major company or non-profit organization.
  3. Two months of touring various companies, organizations and famous sites in the country of visit.
  4. One month of Report writing, with presentation being given to original organization upon the return of the Impact Swap recipient.

Selection Process

This process is competitive with strict guidelines which include but are not limited to;

  1. Junior or Senior year of high school (Grade point Average of 3.5 out of 4.0 or equivalent)
  2. Junior or Senior year student pursuing a degree at a major University with either a second class upper, a Magna Cum Laude (Grade point Average of 3.5 out of 4.0 or equivalent)
  3. A startup entrepreneur with either a brilliant idea that has not received funding or with a proof concept seeking funding for expansion.
  4. A government official, under 40 years old, managing a major public policy program or that is part of a team managing a serious government program. 
  5. All selected must choose to come back home and implement what they have learned.