Tony Elumelu, Founder of Tony Elumelu Foundation—the leading philanthropy focused on empowering African entrepreneurs—will give the keynote address at the event organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) themed “Private Sector Partnerships with Humanitarian Organizations: Putting People First”. The event, which will hold at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos, Nigeria on Thursday, September 12, focuses on the new approach to human development in Africa which prioritises partnerships with the private sector.
Following the delivery of his keynote address, he will participate in a panel discussion alongside the President of the ICRC, Peter Maurer.
This comes on the heels of the ICRC’s milestone private-sector partnership with the Tony Elumelu Foundation which is ascribed as its first collaboration with the private sector in the development space. The partnership has exposed the ICRC to this new approach to a more sustainable, and accountable development and the potential for job creation and eradication of poverty on the continent.
In 2018, the ICRC and the TEF signed a memorandum of understanding to empower 200 entrepreneurs from Nigeria’s North East and Niger Delta regions using the tried and trusted model of the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship. The goal is to create additional jobs in underserved and conflict-prone areas of Nigeria, as well as economic hope for the young people in these communities.
The event provides an opportunity to further reiterate the message of Africapitalism, explore fresh dimensions of partnership with humanitarian organisations and inspire other private sector organisations in Nigeria and Africa to partner with the humanitarian sector.