Projects, activities and focus areas

kiwanja.net works with a wide range of local, national and international social innovators, students, entrepreneurs and non-profit organisations, providing them with a wide range of short- and long-term advisory, support, consultancy and pro-bono services. We also carry out our own internal writing, speaking and software development projects. Activities for 2017 include:


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Entrepreneur in Residence, CARE International


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Member of the Guardian Council, YOTI


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Developing altruly – a new kind of mobile giving app (SUMMER 2017)

Entrepreneur in Residence

In October 2015, CARE International announced the appointment of Ken Banks as their first ever Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR). Ken will spend time with CARE over the next year helping them make sense of the increasingly complex world of social innovation and technology-for-development. Further details on what Ken will be doing, and how EiR’s work, are available in an interview republished here.

Publishing

In November 2013 we self-published our first social innovation book examining the concept of accidental, reluctant innovation. Following the success of that book a publishing deal was signed in early 2015 with Kogan Page, one of the leading publishers in Europe. That second book, “Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation: International Case Studies and Practice”, was released in March 2016.

Software and app development

kiwanja.net makes good use of a wide range of skills picked up during an early career in information technology to design and build cause-centric tools for both non-profits and engaged citizens. The first of these, FrontlineSMS, is today one of the most widely used messaging platforms in the non-profit sector. We are now working on a new disruptive mobile giving app, due for release by spring 2017.

Community resilience

From its roots in small-scale African development projects in the early 1990’s, kiwanja.net has always had a strong local community focus. Our Means of Exchange project looks at how emerging technologies can be used to democratise opportunities for economic self-sufficiency, rebuild local community and promote a return to local resource use, leading us to a better, fairer, more locally-connected world.

Thought leadership

With decades experience in the technology and international development sectors and a track record in the development of innovative tools, kiwanja.net is ideally-placed to help mentor and guide future social innovators and supporters in their work. Thought leadership is now a large part of what we do, helping the sector make best use of the technologies and opportunities available to all of us.

Advisory and Consultancy

In addition to running our own projects, kiwanja.net has a strong track record in providing consultancy and advisory services and over the years has worked with a number of international projects and organisations including UNEP, the GSM Association, Nike Foundation, PopTech, CARE and The Grameen Technology Centre.

Side projects

Our operational model at kiwanja.net allows us to use income from paid work to subsidise in-house ideas and side projects. Over the past three years these have included a manifesto for global development, a charter for donors, a website about paying attention, and an app to help people save and share their memories.

Other

Ken Banks is a writer, speaker, moderator, compere and panelist who features regularly on the international conference circuit. If you’re after a professional communicator for your office event, function or conference, or need an innovation-focused consultant, let’s talk.