Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation head, Ambassador Daniel Carmon wrote a Full Comment Editorial in the National Post today discussing his agency, the role of entrepreneurship in the developing world, and the lessons Israeli innovation can provide in these regions. Please find his editorial below:
Five-thousand feet above sea-level, in the Colombian city of Medellin, 40 young entrepreneurs and educators meet in a workshop to learn the art of innovation. They have come to study best practices, so that they can then teach other youth in tiny villages and large metropolitan areas how to launch successful start-ups and competitive businesses. They all are interested in learning from a group of young experts in the field, who have traveled over 11,000 kilometres for this meeting.
These experts were sent by Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV). MASHAV may be small, but it is constantly seeking international partnerships to expand its network.
As head of MASHAV, I was just in Ottawa to sign a memorandum of understanding on with my counterpart at the Canadian International Development Agency, Margaret Biggs. I also had the privilege to take part in the Grand Challenges Canada program, where the discussion focused on innovation in science and health in the developing world, innovation in the financing of development, and innovation in the political and multilateral aspects of development diplomacy.
My visit to Ottawa came just a few days after the UN passed an Israeli-led resolution on “Entrepreneurship for Development.” As a proud and active member of the international community, Israel played a major role in drafting this resolution. We were pleased to see it pass by a vote of 129-31, despite every Arab delegate country voting “no” — thereby signalling to the world that they favour petty politics over human prosperity.
Full for editorial, please visit the National Post online.