This past month has been both busy and tremendously exciting at North Star. While we’ve done our best to keep everyone up to date on our blog, on Facebook, and on our Twitter stream, it’s possible that you may have missed a story along the way. As such, we thought we would highlight 5 exciting features we published in the last month.
North Star Alliance Director named Social Entrepreneur of the year at the World Economic Forum on Africa
Perhaps the most exciting news of the past month (and probably this year) was finding out that North Star Alliance’s Director Africa, Paul Matthew, was awarded Social Entrepreneur of the Year Africa by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship at the World Economic Forum Africa. While we’ve recognised the innovative nature of our work since North Star’s inception, we were all truly honoured to see one of our founding directors receive this much deserved award. Here’s our official announcement and press release.
While we had already highlighted our recent recognition by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, we were all excited to have an opportunity to watch the presentation, recognizing Paul and four other innovators, as they stood alongside Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia, President Jakaya M. Kikwete of Tanzania, President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan of Nigeria, and Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum. To watch just the ceremony, skip to 0:55:00 of the video.
For any fast growing organisation, taking the time to stop and reflect on your work, history, and growth can be an important exercise. While we certainly hit the ground running in 2012, our entire team made time to support the development of our 2011 Annual Overview, which we were proud to release this past month. It features lots of exciting news and some great photos taken from across our network of Roadside Wellness Centres. Whether you just heard about us, or you are a long time supporter, this document is definitely worth checking out.
Around this time last year, we released our first infographic, covering our growth, and our network-wide results for 2010. Because of all the great feedback and comments that graphic received, we’ve decided to keep the tradition going by releasing a new infographic highlighting our 2011 results.
In 2011 we kicked off the TNT-North Star Alliance Road Show, which saw one of our Roadside Wellness Centres, and a multimedia exhibit, travel across Europe, enabling us to share our story with partners, healthcare professionals, and students. While the Road Show is still underway, with an upcoming exhibit at the World Food Programme Headquarters in Rome next month, we wanted to bring you behind the scenes to show you how this great campaign came together, and to highlight the overwhelming response it’s gotten so far.