Careful planning can reduce the dreadful uncertainty we face
The last two years have seen the least predictable business conditions most of us can remember. Covid threw 2020’s plans out of the window and has made the future entirely uncertain ever since. We hope, but still cannot be sure, that conditions will return to some degree of predictability in 2022
Cinq réflexions sur le soutien aux entrepreneurs, managers et leaders en Afrique
Alors que l’année démarre, nous partageons cinq réflexions sur ce que nous avons appris en soutenant plus de 5 000 entrepreneurs et dirigeants africains l’année dernière, et sur la manière dont cela guidera notre action pour 2022.
Choose the future of your company and country
Does your company maintain a thriving culture beyond your influence? What structures, procedures and habits maintain things as they should be? Do your people understand what makes for sustainable success and are they committed to this? Every organisation is unique
Skills development as a tool for sustainable progress towards SDG 2: Zero Hunger in Africa.
Sustainable agriculture practices are critical for the advancement of SDG2: Zero Hunger in Africa. At the African Management Institute, we believe that agri-MSMEs are the super seed for improving Africa’s food systems, helping to unlock smallholder production capacity in the fight to end zero hunger.
Upskilling middle-managers is serious business for Africa’s energy access and climate solutions
Sylvia Achando of Kenya was just out of college when she began her career in Africa’s emerging off-grid energy sector. Now 31 years old, she leads the collections department at Solar Panda, which provides innovative home solar systems to remote villages in rural Kenya.
We can all help create and preserve jobs
People in the informal sector need mentors to guide them through basic business concepts to be able to thrive.
Are some governments killing small businesses by not paying?
Everyone says we need thriving SMEs to reduce unemployment, but not everyone puts their intentions into practice. As part of a series on creating a supportive ecosystem for SMEs, this column looks at the role of government.
Why sharing might not always be caring in a small business
There are several reasons why entrepreneurs avoid giving away equity – unless they are in a fast-growth business and need investors.
Like warthogs need aardvarks, small firms need conducive conditions
Entrepreneurship flourishes in conditions conducive to creating businesses. For SMEs to thrive we need a holistic vision and collaborative action.
The super seed for improving Africa’s food systems; ambitious (and skilled) agribusinesses and entrepreneurs
Addressing the challenges facing the world’s food system requires ambitious, bold action. Specifically, the social impact ecosystem must set out to equip Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) with the tools and training to improve their businesses, so these essential frontline actors can bear the weight that ultimately rests on their shoulders.
Business is like climbing a mountain
Like climbing a mountain, business is tough, requires preparation, resilience and learning new skills but brings a huge sense of achievement.
Happiness at Work
As champions of happiness at work, not only do we add to the happiness of others, but we also strengthen our own sense of purpose and add another reason to approach each day with enthusiasm and anticipation.