What do we do?

AMI aims to transform Africa through excellent management.

Africa faces a growing management talent gap in the private, public and NGO sectors. If the continent is to translate the opportunities of the next decade into greater prosperity and economic inclusion, it will need effective and responsible managers to build a thriving SME sector, competitive global companies and visionary public and civil society institutions. Traditional management education and training simply will not meet the scale of the need.

AMI is committed to transforming Africa through excellent management, and to expanding access to management education. Our vision is for 1 million effective and responsible African managers to drive the continent's next phase of growth and development by 2023.

The AMI Virtual Campus & 'MOOC'

The AMI Virtual Campus is Africa's first free online learning platform for African managers and entrepreneurs. It aims to leapfrog traditional bricks-and-mortar training by driving practical, personalised, learning and development for African managers and entrepreneurs. The Virtual Campus, which is accessed via www.africanmanagers.org, is a free one-stop shop for African managers seeking to improve their managerial skills. It provides managers with access to FREE high quality resources and case studies sourced from leading management education and training providers, plus the opportunity to network with other managers from across the continent. 

As part of the Virtual Campus, we are also developing the first Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) designed by Africans for Africans. The AMI MOOC will be a free online course designed for Africa’s managers and entrepreneurs and offered in partnership with leading business schools. The MOOC will combine online content with on-the-job practice and peer support. There will also be an option to access more structured offline facilitation through our local partners. Content will be delivered in low-bandwidth video, audio and text formats by top lecturers from Africa’s leading business schools. Students will immediately apply what they learn at work through practical assignments, supported by a peer-to-peer discussion and accountability system. In some cases, our world-class content will be facilitated by local partners who will help ‘translate’ the content into actual improved on-the-job performance, but at a much lower cost than formal classroom sessions directed by expensive business school faculty. 

AMI is developing a single-module MOOC pilot, which will be launched during 2013. We are seeking funders and partners to develop a full-blown MOOC supported by offline wrap-around services. Please contact us at info@africanmanagers.org if you could like to learn more, or download the introductory document below.

Join the Virtual Campus now and brand yourself as a high-performing and responsible manager!


Research and Innovation

Beyond the Virtual Campus, AMI works to drive innovation in the management development space. We conduct research to understand what works and what doesn't in management education and training, we share and disseminate knowledge, we foster collaboration between education and training providers, we design new models for scaling up management development, and where appropriate help launch new projects.

We produced the report 'Catalysing Management Development in Africa: Identifying Areas for Impact', the most in-depth and extensive piece of research to date on Africa's management gap, with practical recommendations for ways to close it. We have also conducted more in-depth research into the management education markets in Nigeria and Ghana. We developed a blueprint for 'the $2 million business school' -an entrepreneurial and practical African management school that can be started for a fraction of what many business schools cost, which is set to be piloted by The Tony Elumelu Foundation in Nigeria next year. We also helped design an innovative new concept for SME training, called the Mobile Business School, and have been involved with our partners the Lundin Foundation in a pilot in Ghana. 

AMI drives thought leadership in the management development space in Africa, and has been featured in the LA TimesFinancial TimesFast Company and several other publications. AMI has presented at several leading conferences on Africa and management education, and in November 2012 convened an elite gathering of leaders at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center to discuss new approaches for catalysing management development on the continnent.

All our projects will eventually be self-funded. But we are seeking donor funding and impact investment to help us through our early phase of development and expansion. We welcome partnerships from organisations that would like to join us. Go to our ‘Support AMI’ page  for more information.

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