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ANDE is Working to Build an Ecosystem to Support Social Entrepreneurs in East Africa

Posted By Guy Pfeffermann, Thursday, March 07, 2013

This morning I attended a fascinating discussion with our fellow members of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs about a new initiative to develop an ecosystem to support entrepreneurship in East Africa.

Here is the information about the workshop they held last December and links to the plan that I am excited to take part in.  The first of three legs that they build this plan on is on developing ways to train management talent.  I look forward to GBSN's involvement in this initiative and encourage you to take a look at the ideas they lay out.


Early Stage Incubation for Social Enterprises in East Africa

In December of 2012, the Acumen Fund, ANDE, CARE, the Rockefeller Foundation and USAID co-hosted a three day workshop in Nairobi which was facilitated by Open Capital Advisors. Stakeholders from across the early-stage social enterprise ecosystem convened to identify & design high-potential, high-leverage initiatives that could help strengthen the ecosystem to support social enterprises throughout their development stages to achieve scale and build sustainably.

Over the course of three days, we identified three high-impact initiatives that we believe will catalyze additional investment and provide critical support to social enterprises with the potential to improve the lives of millions living at the base of the pyramid across East Africa. We are pleased to now share the below paper which outlines the key takeaways and next steps from the workshop.

We hope that this paper can be helpful in catalyzing more support for these initiatives in East Africa and can serve as a learning tool for other regions.

Executive Summary
Full Report


Guy Pfeffermann is the founder and CEO of the Global Business School Network, which is a member of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs.

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