It is an innovative, holistic approcach to mobilising the African diaspora, stimulating job creaion, economic growth and social development in Africa. We constantly test new approaches which contribute to change the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.
It is a space to connect with entrepreneurs in the UK and on the continent with shared focuses, value-systems, ambitions and experiences as yourself.
The ABC sits within one of the most innovative diaspora social enterprises in Europe, the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD). AFFORD has been working with African diaspora communities, global governments and institutions and the private sector for over 20 years.
The ABC is the pathway for African diaspora entrepreneurs to tap into and benefit from AFFORD’s links, knowledge, programmes and networks.
Following our successful piilot programme with ABC Benin, ABC West Africa will mobilise and support diaspora investors and resource persons across Europe to provide expert advisory support, training, mentoring and coaching to diaspora and local entrepreneurs create jobs in emerging and diverse sectors.
It intends to increase the employability and business skills of TVET graduates (young people and women) by providing upskilling through development, business advisory sessions, mentorship, and investment to enable them to create sustainable income opportunities.
Our programmes are shifting stereotypes by showing the transformationa impact of diaspora contributions on the ground, hand in hand with African partners.
None of this work would be possible without the involvment of our partners. With funding from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and our local partners Concree, EDC, MDF Benin and MDF West Africa and Strata DB Consulting.
We will conduct research and due diligence to select diaspora and local entrepreneurs with early stage businesses to obtain grants/loans to grow their enterprises.
ABC West Africa will invest a match-fund of €400,000 into diaspora and local businesses in Benin, Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal.
ABC’s key focus continues to be on decent job creation, social impact and financial sustainability, with an extended emphasis on increasing employability for TVET graduates.