Avoiding easy money has finally changed the game

After 10 years of avoiding Western aid, donor funding, well-meant impact investments and simply refusing to play the game of how Africa is seen and treated, my dream has finally come true. It started with a phone call in December 2019 when I was contacted by the Germany Africa Business Forum (GABF). An article in […]

COVID-19 success stories – a blog series: Hippo Roller

In this blog series, we explore how some of our epNetwork members have dealt with/been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in their work and in their communities. Next in the series is Hippo Roller.

COVID-19 success stories – a blog series: Nonspec

In this blog series, we explore how some of our epNetwork members have dealt with/been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in their work and in their communities. Next in the series is Nonspec.

COVID-19 success stories – a blog series: EOS International

In this blog series, we explore how some of our epNetwork members have dealt with/been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in their work and in their communities. Next in the series is EOS International.

COVID-19 success stories – a blog series: aQysta

In this blog series, we explore how some of our epNetwork members have dealt with/been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in their work and in their communities. First in the series is aQysta.

Social Enterprises as Job Creators: Four Ways the Sector Can Boost Employment Opportunities in Africa

According to the African Development Bank, by 2030, there will be about 1 billion people in Africa of working age (between 15-64) – an increase of approximately 40% when compared to 2018. Naturally, this means more jobs will urgently be needed in order to improve living conditions, reduce unemployment and create sustainable economic growth in […]

Catalyzers of social innovation in under served markets: The case of IoT technologies

Internet-of-things (IoT) is one of the key components of the information and communication infrastructure needed for social impact creation in under served markets. A recent study conducted by World Economic Forum also showed that of more than 640 IoT projects, 84% of existing IoT deployments can contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)[1]. Applications […]

While 2020 brought many changes, challenges, and contention, we leveraged digital means of staying connected in order to deliver as much impact as possible

It goes without saying that 2020 has been one of the most challenging years for so many of us across the globe. Inherently, challenging times allow us to reflect, readjust, and respond to situations in ways that make us stronger moving forward. These times also allow us to be uncomfortable, and being uncomfortable can help […]

Africa needs Decent and Impactful Jobs – Now and for the Future!

Africa’s demographic transition is underway. In 2030, around 1 billion people in Africa will be between 15 and 64 – the so-called working age population. This corresponds to an increase of approximately 40% compared to 2018 (AfDB, 2019). These demographic changes represent a considerable opportunity. Countries in which the largest share of the population is […]

Interview with Dr. Sebastian Groh (SOLshare): Seeking Impact Investment – Experiences from a Social Entrepreneur

In this post, we highlight an interview from Siemens Stiftung’s recent report ‘How Digital Solutions May Enhance Social Financing’ with Dr. Sebastian Groh, Founder and Managing Director of SOLshare.