May 19, 2020

Safaricom and CBM: Phase three of Wezesha Elimu Programme

Education
investment
Developing Countries
disabilities
Leah Netabai
2 min
Safaricom and CBM: Phase three of Wezesha Elimu Programme

The Safaricom Foundation and CBM Kenya announce phase three of the Wezesha Elimu Programme, to improve access to education for children with disabilities.

“We launched the first phase of the programme in 2016 with the main objective of securing education for children with disabilities in Kenya through surgical interventions and rehabilitation. Since then we have reached over 15,000 children and trained 28 community health workers and this has been made possible through countrywide mobile clinics in some of the most marginalized counties in Kenya,” said Joseph Ogutu, Chairman, Safaricom Foundation.

Phase one and two included:

  • KES25mn (US$240,788) committed

  • 420 surgeries performed

  • 535 children with disabilities placed in schools

  • 384 mobility assistive devices issued

  • 347 children rehabilitated

  • 879 referred for specialised treatment

Phase three will include:

  • KES15mn (US$ 144,493) committed

  • 20,000 people predicted to benefit countrywide

“This partnership has helped us raise awareness and sensitise Kenyans about the rights of children with disabilities especially when it comes to access to education. From the previous phases we have seen an increased demand for surgical interventions and rehabilitation services as parents and guardians are now empowered with more information”, said Joseph Okelo, Chairman, CBM Kenya.

Did you know? 80% of people with disabilities live in developing countries. (CBM Federation Strategy 2023)

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What is Safaricom?

Established in 2000, Safaricom aims to transform lives by providing over 4,000 network towers to connect people in Kenya. Safaricom is one of the largest telecommunications providers in Kenya and through its foundation aims to fund sustainable projects that leave an impact on Kenyan communities. The foundation heavily invests in education, health, economic empowerment, environment, disaster and emergency interventions.

Revenue: US$2.3bn

CEO: Michael Joseph

No. of employees: 6,560 (LinkedIn)

 

What is CBM?

With over 100 years of professional expertise, CBM is an international Christian development organisation that works with various partners – such as Safaricom – to create an inclusive and resilient society to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities in the poorest countries.

 

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Jun 14, 2021

5 minutes with... Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO, Tapoly

Tapoly
Insurance
Leadership
Digital
Kate Birch
3 min
Heading up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy is winning awards and leading with diversity

Founder and CEO of award-winning insurtech firm Tapoly, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy heads up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, winning industry awards, innovating in the digital insurance space, and leading with inclusivity.

Here, Business Chief talks to Janthana about her leadership style and skills. 

What do you do, in a nutshell?

I’m founder and CEO of Tapoly, a digital MGA providing a full stack of commercial lines insurance specifically for SMEs and freelancers, as well as a SaaS solution to connect insurers with their distribution partners. We build bespoke, end-to-end platforms encompassing the whole customer journey, but can also integrate our APIs within existing systems. We were proud to win Insurance Provider of the Year at the British Small Business Awards 2018 and receive silver in the Insurtech category at the Efma & Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards 2019.

How would you describe your leadership style?

I try to be as inclusive a leader as possible. I’m committed to creating space for everyone to shine. Many of the roles at Tapoly are performed by women and I speak at industry events to encourage more people to get involved in insurance/insurtech. Similarly, I always try to maintain a growth mindset. I think it’s important to retain values to support learning and development, like reliability, working hard and punctuality.

What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?

Build your network and seek advice. As a leader, you need smart people around you to help you grow your business. It’s not about personally being the best, but being able to find resources and get help where needed.

How do you see leadership changing in a COVID world?

I think the pandemic has proven the importance of inclusive leadership so that everyone feels supported and valued. It’s also shown the importance of being flexible as a leader. We’ve had to remain adaptable to continue delivering high levels of customer service. This flexibility has also been important when supporting employees as everyone has had individual pressures to deal with during this time. Leaders should continue to embed this flexibility within their organisations moving forward.

They say ‘from every crisis comes opportunity’, what opportunities do you see?

The past year has been challenging, but it has also proven the importance of digital transformation in insurance. When working from home was required, it was much harder for insurers to adjust who had not embedded technology within their operating processes because they did not have data stored in the cloud and it caused communication delays with concerned customers at a time when this communication should have been a priority, which ultimately impacts the level of customer satisfaction. This demonstrates the importance of what we are trying to achieve at Tapoly in driving digitalisation in insurance and making communication between insurers and distribution partners seamless. 

What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?

Start sooner, don’t be afraid to take (calculated) risks and make sure you raise enough money to get you through the initial seed stage.

 

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