Afghan Seeds gather in Kabul for social entrepreneurship training.
MUMBAI | Seeds of Peace has partnered with Ashoka Youth Ventures to train Indian, Pakistani and Afghan Seeds with the tools needed to develop innovative, effective approaches to issues of concern within their communities and, in so doing, demonstrate the power of youth leadership and cross-border cooperation.
Through a series of local workshops, Seeds will receive training and support in each distinct phase of venture implementation: genesis of the original idea, initial funding, mentoring, planning, execution, and implementation. Seeds are currently working individually and in teams to develop social impact projects focused on their issue of concern. They are submitting proposals for small grants to carry out their ideas and will present them in community panels in September. Those have met defined goals and benchmarks will be awarded seed-funding to implement their project.
Throughout all aspects of the program, teams in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan have been communicating through video conferences and social media platforms in order to gain insight into each other’s lives, communities, perspectives, and the issues affecting their communities. They are sharing their community’s struggles, learning from each other’s experiences, and looking for appropriate opportunities for cooperation. Ultimately, Seeds will gain a concrete understanding of the issues affecting their societies and the steps needed to create change, as well as the skills, confidence and opportunities to begin impacting their world today.