Hello EVOKE Agents,
As you explore the EVOKE network, you may wonder: Who created it, and why?
The EVOKE network has its own origin story – just as all of you have yours.
EVOKE was created by The World Bank Institute as a direct response to African demands – namely, universities’ request to develop ideas to engage students in real world problems and to develop capacities for creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Developing nations face steep challenges, and resources in these areas can be limited. These challenges demand the most robust and innovative of solutions.
EVOKE was also conceived as a crash-course in changing the world. It is a chance to showcase the kind of resourceful innovation and creative problem-solving that is happening today in sub-Saharan Africa and other developing regions, and to collectively imagine how the lessons from those scenarios can transfer, scale, and ultimately benefit the entire planet.
The World Bank Institute, the capacity-building arm of the World Bank, is a global connector of knowledge, learning and innovation for poverty reduction. One of its objectives is to create new platforms for learning, and knowledge exchanges to help practitioners construct their own development solutions and innovative approaches.
EVOKE is such a platform for open innovation. It is designed to support new ideas and collaboration, not to push existing solutions.
We very much look forward to the next nine weeks of this adventure and the incredible possibility that you will EVOKE. Good luck in realizing your visions for the future you want to make.