Catalyzing the earning potential of disadvantaged women, men and youth by integrating them into viable economic systems

About this video

Dr Nyambi explains how her organisation MEDA works towards women’s socio-economic empowerment in some of the poorest areas in the world. Her perspective is also personal because she is an African woman in science and also an entrepreneur promoting innovations for development drawn from experience of science. She asks, will COVID-19 delay achievement of SDGs or act as a catalyst to accelerate progress in achieving gender equality and related inequalities, to transform social norms and make the world better for all in the future, 25 years after Beijing.


About the presenter

Dr Dorothy Nyambi

President and CEO of Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA)

Dr. Dorothy Nyambi is the President and CEO of Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), a non-profit organization with a mission to create business solutions to poverty around the world.
Dr. Nyambi holds a Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of Yaoundé, Cameroon and has done extensive research on capacity building, advancing gender equality in developing countries, and innovation economies around the world. She is a current member of The Association of Women’s Rights in Development and the American Evaluation Association, among others.
Beginning her career as a medical doctor, Dr. Nyambi later moved into the field of international development. Prior to joining MEDA, she was Executive Vice President of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) and worked for organizations like the U.S. Peace Corps, World Health Organization and USAID.
Dr. Nyambi is an advocate for blended finance initiatives in the international development sector and a champion of women’s rights around the world. Her experiences in the field have confirmed that entrepreneurship is a powerful way to alleviate poverty and empower sustainable communities.


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