In April, Joyce was interviewed by the RSA to look at her progress since the programme. Joyce said: “I am delighted to have been invited to become a Fellow of the RSA. I have long admired the work of the Royal Society, and it is an honour to have joined.”
The RSA, founded in 1754, has 27,000 Fellows, who want to change the world for the better, and Joyce has been recognised for the work she is leading on at AfricaOracle, improving the media’s negative image of the continent.
The RSA provides a platform for the world’s leading thinkers, for new and innovative ways to solve society’s biggest challenges.
Fellows are allowed access to a number of resources, including a lending library and workspace, within the RSA House, based in Central London.
As well as the aforementioned benefits, Fellows also have access to the RSA Catalyst programme, where they are provided support and expertise to help get their ideas off the ground.
Following the Changemakers Programme, Joyce and a number of fellow participants formed a group called the Africa Mpya Foundation (AMF), which is working to set up a financial institution aiming to improve access to finance for Africans in the diaspora.
In addition to lending to individuals and small businesses in the diaspora, the institution will assist in funding development projects in collaboration with state and other public bodies in Africa.
For more information on the RSA visit their website on www.theRSA.org