Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2007
Idea Builders
This description of Lucy Kanu's work was prepared when Lucy Kanu was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2007.
Lucy Kanu has designed a process for economic empowerment that prioritizes local aspirations, introduces outside resources without fostering dependence, and is replicable across sub-Saharan Africa. The success of her organization, Idea Builders, and her model to turn local ideas into powerful engines for development will mean a shift in the field to favor local ownership and strategies that build on success.
The New Idea
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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