The winning teams were awarded mobile phones from Bmobile and will also receive a package that includes seed funding, mentoring and training to kickstart their ventures.
Malamanila Juice team leader, 19-year-old Philip Kaota of Fasitoro, said the forum and his group’s success in the competition helped him understand how social entrepreneurship can drive development in Malaita.
“This has pushed me and made me eager for what I want to achieve in my community — to work with young people to solve some of the issues that we’re trying to address,” he said.
In closing the forum, Deputy Project Manager of the UNPBF project, Gaylyn Puairana, said the project will continue to support the winning teams by connecting them with resources and partner organizations that can offer specialized mentorship and assistance.
“It is clear that youth are the key resources in the community and that involving youth in local, provincial and national development and peacebuilding is a must,” Ms. Puairana said.
The forum was made possible with support from Solomon Airlines, Heritage Park Hotel and Bmobile.
The UNPBF project aims to support peaceful and inclusive transition in Solomon Islands, jointly implemented by UNDP and UN Women in close collaboration with the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace and the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs.
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