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“Can I buy this product?”
The question came from a woman at the end of my presentation at the Sommet Francophone pour le Changement Social et de Comportement in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. She was asking about a prototype I had just shown, that we developed for a project in Somalia and Somaliland.
It is the single idea driving so much of the positive impact being achieved across Africa and beyond in the current moment.
And it is an idea that is at the core of the work ThinkPlace is engaged in from Kenya to Cote D’Ivoire; from Mozambique to South Africa.
In many ways Africa and its people are going through a period of dynamic transformation and rapid growth.
And we are growing alongside them.
The impact, scope and size of ThinkPlace Kenya has tripled in the last 12 months.
From our base in Nairobi we have worked across the continent and beyond with amazing partners and global leaders in areas like public health and international development.
We’re developing new methodologies and implementing innovative ways to drive the adoption of positive services, products and behaviours.
They are devastating numbers. Kenya has the fourth-largest HIV epidemic in the world, with a prevalence rate of six per cent. That means approximately 1.6 million Kenyans are living with HIV infection.
And female sex workers are one of the most affected groups.