The Cape Town Global Shapers Hub distributed a credit card sized Z-CARD, inside a PVC sleeve with a lanyard, to 100 talented young leaders from over 30 African countries who gathered in Cape Town, South Africa, May 6-7, 2013, for SHAPE Africa, the inaugural meeting of African Global Shapers.
The initiative was launched in 2011 as part of the World Economic Forum’s commitment to help young people give back locally, take action on the issues that matter to them, and contribute positively to global policy discussions. There are over 220 Hubs worldwide and over 50 in Africa.
One of the most pressing problems facing young people in Africa is unemployment. Under the slogan “There may be a shortage of jobs, but there is no shortage of jobs”, SHAPE Africa takes a particular view of solving socio-economic problems.
The Z-CARD contains a social innovation program guide for SHAPE Africa. “We selected the Z-CARD format because it’s compact and can fit in anyone’s pocket, so guests knew where they needed to be,” says Rapelang Rabana, curator at Cape Town Global Shapers Hub.
The Z-CARD also raised awareness that SHAPE Africa was focused on social innovation and was made possible by local event supporters, the National Youth Development Agency and global community partners, The Coca -Cola Company, Reliance Industries and the regional community partner for Africa, Oando.