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East Africa

The East Africa Chapter brings together ANDE members who support small and growing businesses (SGBs) in East Africa. We work with our members to identify common challenges that can be addressed collectively. This has led to a variety of programs, including developing a legal toolkit for enterprises in Kenya. In 2018, we hosted the Metrics from the Ground Up conference in Nairobi, taking the opportunity to focus on impact assessment tools and resources for a Sub-Saharan African context. 

The chapter also hosts quarterly meetings for members in Nairobi. These meetings are an opportunity for members to share best practices for supporting entrepreneurs in the region and to seek out opportunities to collaborate with one another. 

If you would like further information on the East Africa chapter, please contact any member of our regional staff, listed below. The ANDE Chapter in East Africa operates in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, and Ethiopia. 

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The Small and Growing Business (SGB) Evidence Fund is a joint effort of ANDE and the International Growth Centre (IGC) to support collaborations between researchers and practitioners to understand the most effective ways to support SGBs and the economic and social impact of SGB growth. To learn more, visit the website or read the one-pagerPractitioners who are interested in participating in the fund should complete a short questionnaire 

Uganda Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Initiative: Phase I 

ANDE, the Center for Development Alternatives, Enterprise Uganda, and Koltai & Company released the Phase I findings of ANDE's Uganda Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Initiative on November 28. The Phase I report maps the entrepreneurial ecosystems of Kampala and Gulu—two key regions for Ugandan economic growth. It then outlines a strategic path forward for promoting entrepreneurship in these regions, recommending specific actions to overcome ecosystem constraints. The second phase of the initiative will use these findings to design and implement a multi-stakeholder, multi-million-euro program to develop Ugandan entrepreneurship, beginning in 2019. Learn more about the initiative. 

What We do

  • Quarterly Member Meetings to share initiatives and opportunities for collaboration.
  • Connections with Local Actors: The Chapter has helped ANDE members who are not based in the region to make connections with local actors. 
  • Workshops: ANDE, in collaboration with Care International, the Rockefeller Foundation, USAID and Acumen, hosted a workshop on early stage incubation for social enterprises in East Africa in December 2012. Full report here. Executive summary here. in February 2015, we hosted a workshop for entrepreneurs on understanding the investment process, which included a legal toolkit for enterprises that was developed by the ANDE Legal Working Group. 
  • Regional Sector Meetings: The Chapter has facilitated SGB sector meetings in Kigali, Dar es Salaam and Kampala.
  • Investment Manager Training: The ANDE Investment Manager Training (IMT) was hosted by the chapter in June 2013 in Nairobi with 30 regional and international participants. The chapter will be hosting the 2019 East Africa chapter IMT in Uganda. Click here for more details. 
  • Roundtable Discussions: Convened a roundtable to strengthen the ecosystem that supports Invention-based business in East Africa, with a grant from the Lemelson Foundation, and contributed to a global report on Impact Inventing. The East Africa Chapter also has held roundtables on education-focused entrepreneurship in Kenya, and on Agribusiness in Tanzania. 

Upcoming Meetings and Events

The East Africa Chapter regularly hosts meetings and events for the small and growing business sector. This includes quarterly meetings, forums, and more. Please see our events calendar for more information, or check back here regularly for updates. 

ANDE Members Active in East Africa

Click here to see a map of ANDE Members working in East Africa.


Chapter Manager, East Africa: Maryanne Ochola

Maryanne is an impact investment professional working with early stage social enterprises in seven African countries in the agriculture, renewable energy, micro-finance and technology sectors. By applying the practical skills honed from nine years of commercial banking experience in Kenya, she supports entrepreneurs with high social and environmental impact refine their business models and attract investment. Alongside impact investment, she is applying her private sector experience to support nonprofit organizations adopt market oriented approaches in addressing poverty across Africa. She is also a trained financial journalist passionate about fueling economic growth in Africa through data driven journalism.


Program Associate, East Africa: Antony Maina

Antony joined ANDE in May 2017 as a senior program coordinator for the East Africa chapter. He previously worked as a regional communications and advocacy officer for the Parenting in Africa Network. Prior to that he was a communications officer for The African Institute for Children Studies. Antony has a long-standing interest in helping the world’s most vulnerable populations and strongly believes that entrepreneurial endeavors can help move people out of poverty. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Communication Studies from Moi University. 


Senior Program Associate, East Africa: Khatuchi Khasandi

Khatuchi Khasandi joined ANDE in May 2016 as an East Africa Chapter Program Coordinator. Previously, she worked as a Program Officer in charge of the development department with the Global Peace Foundation (GPF) Kenya. Prior to that, she was a Program Officer at Sustainable Development For All Kenya, and a Program Associate with Village Enterprise in Uganda and Kenya. She brings her experience in program design and management, impact measurement, and operations and partnership management to the team. Khatuchi is passionate about development and sees social entrepreneurship as the means to sustainably address the development issues in the region.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology & Sociology) and a Minor in Literature from Kenyatta University in Kenya and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from the same university.

Program Coordinator, East Africa, Edna Karanja

Edna Karanja joined ANDE in May 2017 as an East Africa Program Coordinator. Previously, she worked as a finance project officer with the Supporting Access to Justice for Children and Youth in East Africa Project (SAJCEA) funded by the Canadian Bar Association, where she gained extensive experience working with children in conflict with the law and those in need of care and protection. She brings her experience in project management, proposal writing, grants management and network building to the team. She has a Master of Arts in Project Planning & Management and a Bachelor of Art, Sociology & Psychology from the University of Nairobi.


Operations Coordinator, East Africa: Lisa Mwende

Lisa joined ANDE from Practical Action, where she served as an Administration and Finance Assistant to the regional projects team. Prior to that she worked in the Finance Department at the Nakuru County Government in Kenya. She brings on board budget management, project implementation and administration experience. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Project Management.



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