What is Mbadika?
Mbadika means ‘idea’ in Kimbundu and is a word that embodies the spirit of this organization.
Since 2010, Mbadika has worked with international organizations and universities throughout Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa in order to to tackle the global challenge of youth unemployment through fostering youth-driven innovation and entrepreneurship. We began implementing innovation and entrepreneurship workshops through our partner universities and educational institutions in order to address the global crisis of youth unemployment through educating aspiring young innovators and entrepreneurs on the process of turning their ideas into marketable solutions.
However, in that time, we have discovered that addressing the challenge of youth unemployment requires a multi-faceted solution that includes addressing not only the societal and cultural conditions that discourage youth entrepreneurship but the economic conditions that give rise to youth unemployment.
Therefore, we are developing a market-based solution for addressing youth unemployment through the development and manufacture of a toolkit for aspiring young innovators and entrepreneurs. Through the development of a toolkit that will educate, train, and equip users with the tools, knowledge, and skills necessary to tackle youth unemployment and craft self-employment opportunities for themselves, Mbadika is tackling the challenge of youth unemployment in a new way.
Diiaki, which means ‘egg’ in Kimbundu (a language in Northern Angola), is a program which helps high school seniors and college freshmen develop skills essential in order to develop innovative ideas into real-life devices and profitable start-ups. Program participant’s gain critical thinking, business, and engineering skills that are not only highly desired, but are also required in order to achieve success in university and industry. In summary, Diiaki is a series of international workshops which foster youth-driven innovation and entrepreneurship in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa.
We are currently developing a series of locally manufactured toolkits in order to equip aspiring young innovators and entrepreneurs with the tools, knowledge, and skills necessary in order to turn their ideas into innovative solutions and entrepreneurial activities in order to alleviate poverty. Each toolkit purchase will ensure that one youth will be equipped with the tools, skills, and knowledge necessary in order to turn their innovative ideas into business ventures that will foster economic development through employment opportunities and in turn alleviate poverty.