Sub Saharan Africa

eMkambo: A Market-driven Agricultural Solution Platform in Zimbabwe

In late 2012, Knowledge Transfer Africa (KTA), an indigenous knowledge systems company launched eMkambo, an interactive electronic knowledge-sharing platform for the agriculture sector in partnership with software developer Afrosoft Holdings.

Having been closely following this development, NewsDay columnist Omen Muza (ND) recently caught up with Charles Dhewa (CD), KTA chief executive officer and eMkambo founder and asked him about eMkambo’s progress so far, its linkages with other key market infrastructure and its prospects.

Inclusive Businesses in Zimbabwe share their experiences at an IB Roundtable held in Harare

For its second major event of this year, the Inclusive Business Forum of Zimbabwe decided to feature the experiences of six of the organisations with whom SNV Zimbabwe has worked in Zimbabwe, providing technical and/or financial assistance in terms of their Inclusive Business Scan and/or Capacity Building Grant facilities. Some organisations have also used the CREATE Fund (progress on which was reported in our March Newsletter).

The IB projects presented included the following:

Inclusive Business Forum Zimbabwe Launches Bulawayo Office

The official launch of the IB Forum for the Western and Southern Region took place on the 10th of December 2013 at the Holiday Inn in Bulawayo.

The event was opened by the Mayor of Bulawayo, His Worship Mayor M. K. Moyo. The event attracted close to 70 participants from academic and research institutions, private companies, agricultural producer associations, government, NGOs and individual entrepreneurs. In addition, four umbrella bodies namely, BSDCZ, ZNCC, ABUZ and Empretec brought several members.

The Programme for the Launch was as follows:

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The Inclusive Business Forum of Zimbabwe was established as a collaboration between SNV Zimbabwe and the Business Council for Sustainable Development Zimbabwe (BCSDZ), with the generous support of the Ford Foundation. At present the IB Forum has over 70 member organisations. Membership includes organisations within the following sectors:

Barefoot Power and Solar Entrepreneurs in Uganda

In Uganda, 5 million households (85% of the population) lack access to electricity. It has become evident that access to reliable electricity plays a major role in development. One of the major problems for developing countries that lack electricity is expensive, unhealthy, unsafe lighting alternatives. Most Ugandans use kerosene lanterns or candles for lighting which produce poor quality light, have unsafe open flames that cause fires, and with kerosene price fluctuations, they are not affordable.

Sanergy - Slum sanitation in Kenya

Sanergy aims to improve sanitation in urban slums in Kenya by designing user friendly systems to increase usage and reduce cleaning costs. The company is taking an innovative approach to increase access to sanitation and waste management practices. “At each step, this model creates jobs and opportunity while simultaneously addressing the need for hygienic sanitation solutions amongst slum-dwellers. ”

Barrick Lumwana Mining Company - Contractor Development Programme in Zambia

The Lumwana Contract Developer (LCD) Programme aims to increase the amount of goods and services procured from local mining industry suppliers, as well as training and building in-country capacity to enable local SMEs to access wider markets, while simultaneously reducing cost in Barrick's international supply chains. "Barrick projects that over 1,000 SMEs will eventually benefit from different training and support initiatives under the LCD, and that over 10,000 low-income people will benefit indirectly from the venture over the long run"

The inclusive business venture:

Kiva's MFIs provide micro finance to UpEnergy Retailers in Uganda, Rwanda and Central America

Kiva's MFIs provide micro finance to UpEnergy Retailers in Uganda, Rwanda and Central America

When Kiva first decided to branch into loans for clean energy and green technologies, we discovered a wealth of prospective partners offering products designed for the poor. Now we're growing that portfolio even more by launching with UpEnergy, a social enterprise working to make clean energy accessible in Uganda, Rwanda and Central America.

WaterHealth International - Providing Potable Water for Rural and Peri-urban Communities in India, Bangladesh, Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia, and the Philippines

WaterHealth International, Inc. (WHI) is a company that develops, installs, and operates water purification and disinfection systems that provide affordable, high-quality potable water for underserved populations in rural and peri-urban areas. WHI houses these water treatment systems in small-scale, decentralized facilities called WaterHealth Centers in local communities. At an initial investment of less than $10 per person, WHI can provide more than a decade of healthy drinking water to communities in need.

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