CIC I’m a Cooperator

Investing in the Kenyan Youth for Posterity The CIC Insurance Group has launched the second phase of “I’m a Co-operator” youth empowerment project through a tripartite partnership with KCA University and African Biodiversity Conservation and Innovation Centre (ABCIC). The initiative dubbed “Investing in the Kenyan Youth for Posterity” applies the co-operative model to promote social entrepreneurship with a view to revitalize the co-operative movement, promote wealth creation and environmental conversation. Over 500,000 graduates are unable to secure jobs annually and almost 90% of the youth have no vocational skills. The project also aims to play a role in checking the country’s high unemployment levels. I’m a Co-operator phase 2, which focuses on ecology, will involve generation of information through research, engaging the youth in biodiversity/natural resources based enterprises for sustainable livelihoods and formation of new co-operatives among others. This is the second phase of the CIC Insurance Group’s Kshs.40 million corporate social responsibility programme which targets to impact 3,000 youth directly and a million more indirectly through training on leadership, environmental conservation, leadership and cultural integration. Following the launch on 31st August 2012, several activities will be held in learning institutions countrywide to reach out to the youth. KCA University will lend academic, entrepreneurship and research expertise, while ABCIC will lend its expertise and experience in capacity building, research and development on environment conservation. The CSR project is part of the activities CIC Insurance Group is carrying out as part of the International Year of Co-operatives 2012, which was declared by the UN in recognition of the role of co-operatives in development.