|Mamadou Edrisa Njie|
The CINC initiative, according to Barbara, is a project of the NGO, SHARE Association, which was created in April 2009 in Benin by a group of young dedicated and committed youth. She added that the idea of creating CINC came as a result of the advice given to them by their then University Professor, Amen Abiasse. The latter gave them the courage to be innovative and pushed them to work towards transforming their ideas into reality after graduation. CINC is now recognised nationally and internationally due to their innovation and the research ideas they put into reality.
Among the many objectives of CINC, emphasis is placed on the development and promotion of innovators, the industrialisation and commercialisation of innovations, the promotion of a sense of creativity and innovations and a spirit of youth leadership. She told group members that many African youth do not spend much time on research and innovation. Also, the lack of support and passion from partners is also a challenge. She intimated that to succeed in life one does not need only money but also to be innovative, creative and be committed to whatever one is doing; and stressed that one needs to build a strong working team and share ideas and experiences with other members in the group.
She further highlighted leaders of any organizations and members need to have common objectives and vision and work as a team towards achieving their aspirations as young entrepreneurs. She also said that young people need to communicate and have the requisite skills and always strive to acquire more skills in order to guide them in their activities. She also emphasised on the importance of having dreams, finding good team members, time management, humanity, courage, value, determination, and appreciation of other people's work in the organisation.
She then touched on some of their past activities such as the fair in Cotonou organised by CINC which was well attended. The fair attracted many participants from Benin and outside, including Senegal, France, and Mauritania among others. In total, 10 nationalities were represented; 65 innovations were present, 14 innovative companies, 59 private partners, over 500 young people and more than 5000 visitors. At the end of the fair, CINC awarded three prizes to innovators from Senegal, Togo and Benin respectively.
She announced that the upcoming fair will be held in Cotonou, Benin 26 October - 3 November, 2012. She then entreated the group members to make use of the opportunity by registering online for the event on their website: www.lecinc.org and for further information. Their email address is: email@example.com and telephone number: (229) 21 076 220, 95345707, and 66764476.
The following, she alluded as challenges;
Finding committed members
Try to reach that Beninese in rural area still difficult and they limited to only.
Lack of fundingalso consider as a challenge
During the ensuing discussion the following points were highlighted as recommendations:
Steering committee should be set up a GYIN Basket Fund
Organizations’ such as IFAD may contribute to the fund
GYIN may also create a Basket Fund for young people
Finally, she thanked Phelps Stokes, International Fund for Agricultural Development, the government of Benin, Activos Culturales, Palmares, Give1 Project, Songhai Center, among other partners involved in the Global Youth Innovation Workshop Fair,
In the same evening of day three, GYIN sixty Ambassadors, youth representatives, the Media among other invited participants visited His Excellency President of the Republic of Benin Dr. Yayi Boni at State House.
GYIN Ambassadors used the opportunity to present recommendations gained during the workshop to him as well as an award.
13 October, 2011 marked he official closing of the four-day global youth workshop which was graced by Mr. Pape Samb, Director PAFE, Ms. Ndaya Beltchika, Country Programme Manager, IFAD, Honorable Reckya Madougou, Minister of Microfinance and Employment for Youth and Women, Minister for Youth and Lesuire in Benin as well a the media from both print and electronic.
GYIN Ambassadors received certificates of participation in recognition for championing the Global Youth Innovation Network as Ambassadors. The certificates were awarded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Phelps Stokes USA. Mr. Mohamed Beavogul, Director, West and Central Africa Division together with Mr. Pape Samb Director, Programs for Africa and Freedom Endowment, Phelps Stokes USA appended their signatures on the GYIN Ambassadors certificates.