Kenyan Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru Joins Unlock Aid’s Advisory Board

NAIROBI — Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for ICT, Innovation, and Youth Affairs Joe Mucheru joined Unlock Aid’s advisory board today. Unlock Aid is a new coalition of prominent, pace-setting innovators driving reforms to make global development dollars deliver greater impact.

“Cabinet Secretary Mucheru is among the world’s leading experts on how to bring innovation to solve really big, vexing problems,” said Unlock Aid’s executive director Walter Kerr. “We couldn’t ask for a better person to help us advance policies to bring more innovation to 21st century challenges like climate change, food insecurity, and pandemic response.”

Unlock Aid attended the Sankalp Africa Summit in Nairobi last week, where it made the announcement. Sankalp is Africa’s leading forum for social entrepreneurs working to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

“Africa is home to thousands of social entrepreneurs and world-class innovators but too few of them can access the international resources they need to deliver their solutions at scale,” said Cabinet Secretary Mucheru. “Unlock Aid is reimagining the future of global development to make it more innovative, equitable, and results-oriented. I’m proud to help them realize this ambitious vision.”

Many of the world’s largest global development agencies have signaled a desire to direct more of their work to Global South-based innovators, but not enough of them have followed through on their promises to do so. From 2016 to 2020, direct funding by international donors to Global South organizations declined from 3.5 percent to 2.1 percent.

Unlock Aid’s first-year strategy starts with building a global coalition to drive reforms at the world’s largest global development agencies. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the coalition consists of world-class innovators spanning four continents, as well as top development experts with experience at USAID, the Global Fund, Gavi, and various multilateral development banks. Last month, the Mulago Foundation and Skoll Foundation announced their support for Unlock Aid.