Facebook has announced the 12 community leaders from three African countries who have been selected to join its Community Accelerator programme which aims to equip communities with training, mentorship, and funding to grow.
The 6 months programme which is part of the global Facebook Community Leadership initiative launched in 2018, is focused on bringing people together and building communities.
In total 77 community leaders were chosen from around the world including 12 from Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa following the call for applications in March 2020.
The Community Accelerator programme invests in leaders who are building communities around the world, including bringing people together, offering encouragement, and driving change.
“We’re delighted to be welcoming 12 African community leaders to Facebook’s first Community Accelerator. We’ve seen time and again the power of communities in bringing people closer together and feeling more connected” said Kezia Anim-Addo, Head of Communications for Sub-Saharan Africa. “We know community leaders can do amazing things when they have adequate support from others, tools to get the job done, funding to grow and belief in themselves. The Facebook Community Accelerator will enable these great communities to make an even greater positive impact in the world, and we hope that through the support of the programme these communities will have extraordinary impact, even in extraordinary times.”
Awarding up to $3 million, selected community leaders will receive up to $30,000 in funding. In the first three months of the programme, these leaders will learn from experts and coaches, whilst developing customized curriculums focused on growing their own communities.
The following three months will be focused on iterating and executing their plans, with funding and continued support from their network, as well as from a dedicated programme team. The Community Accelerator will then culminate in an event with community leaders to showcase their communities and progress to external funders and partners.