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ANDE in West Africa

The West Africa Chapter is made up of more than 50 members who work to support small and growing businesses (SGBs). 15 of these members have their headquarters in West Africa.

Members benefit from the opportunity to network with and learn from other like-minded organizations, as well as to gain links to ANDE’s extensive regional and global activities, all while working together to support West Africa’s SGBs.

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 The West Africa Chapter is based in Lagos, Nigeria and serves intermediary organizations in West Africa. 

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What We Do

  • Knowledge Sharing & Research: ANDE West Africa  is committed to advancing knowledge on supporting SGBs in the region.
  •  Events & Networking: From our regular chapter meetings, to sector-specific roundtables, happy hours and regional conference, ANDE West Africa provides unparalleled networking and learning opportunities for its members.
  • Training & Development: ANDE West hosts periodic learning labs, training events and webinars discussing topics such as talent, SGB finance, impact investing and metrics.

Our Activities, Events, & Publications 

Research

Accelerating Youth-Led Enterprises in Nigeria

This knowledge brief seeks to capture information about incubators and accelerators in Nigeria and how they support youth-led enterprises. The brief was developed using Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI) data alongside interviews and stakeholder meetings held in Lagos and Abuja with support from Oxfam in Nigeria.

Read the full report.

 

 

ANDE West Africa Post Conference Report 2018

The 2018 ANDE West Africa Regional Conference brought together more than 80 ANDE members and partners including leading investors, capacity development providers, foundations, banks, corporations, and research institutions to network, collaborate, and discuss regional ecosystem issues. This report presents details about the sessions and activities of the conference.

Download the report here.

 

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem snapshots

ANDE’s West Africa Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Snapshots provide a point-in-time overview of the the organizations and systems that provide financial and/or non-financial support to entrepreneurs in various cities in West Africa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. These snapshots were produced through a review of existing literature, a series of surveys and interviews, as well as stakeholder meetings. The first set (Abuja, Accra, and Lagos) were part of an initial series of ecosystem snapshots prior to the launch of a dedicated ecosystem snapshot site. The next set (Ibadan, Port Harcourt, and Ghana) form part of that new site. Click on the cities below to access the ecosystem snapshots.

 

                   

 

Networking and Collaboration

Facilitating Connections: ANDE”s global and local network create opportunities for regional and international organizations to work together. The chapter assists with making introductions and connections between funding entities, technical assistance providers, consultants, and universities.

Conferences and Events

West Africa Regional Conference: A two-day, highly interactive event that brings regional members together to share knowledge and create solutions to shared challenges the SGBs in West Africa experience.

Chapter Meetings: Regular chapter meetings create time and space for ANDE members to network and build relationships while discussing relevant topics and sharing best practices.

Learning Labs and Roundtables

ANDE West Africa convenes regular learning labs and  roundtables on various topics that are important to the local ecosystem. These include:

Youth and Talent: This Learning Lab is a space where members can discuss challenges and solutions around youth development and talent management within the SGB sector.

Metrics and Impact Measurement: This Learning Lab is a platform for discussions and collaborations around impact measurement practices and how that influences SGB decision-making.

SGB Finance: This Learning Lab is a space for knowledge sharing and discussion around available financing for Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs).

Webinars

ANDE West Africa periodically hosts webinars featuring presentations from member organizations on their work and research. Previous webinar topics include youth entrepreneurship, financial inclusion, talent and SGB finance.

Happy Hours

At our regular informal networking functions, ANDE WA members are given the opportunity to network and create partnerships in the sector—over drinks and light refreshments. 

Who we are

Leadership:

Olatunji Ajani, Regional Chapter Manager, West Africa

Olatunji joined ANDE as our West Africa Regional Chapter Coordinator, based in Lagos, Nigeria, in February 2016. His past work spans across business development, management consulting and social development. Prior to joining ANDE, he was a Lead Consultant with Green Insight Solutions and a Business Development Manager for E-Green Services. He also co-founded an online resource portal that helps micro businesses connect with funding opportunities, resources and tools to grow their businesses. He has a B.Sc from University of Ibadan and is a StartingBloc Fellow. 

 

 

Joshua Adedeji, Program Associate, West Africa

Joshua joined ANDE's West Africa Chapter in September 2016 and he is based in Lagos, Nigeria. He has experience working in Africa’s nonprofit and social development sector. Joshua is passionate about international development, and maintains an interest in social entrepreneurship and sustainability. Prior to joining ANDE, Joshua worked as the youth representative of the Mara Foundation, based in Lagos, Nigeria, and as an advocacy lead of CSR-in-Action. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Ilorin and has a Masters of Public and International Affairs (MPIA) from the University of Lagos.  

 

 

 Confidence Ibomeze, Operations Coordinator, West Africa

Confidence joined ANDE in May 2018 as the West Africa Fellow/Intern based in Lagos, Nigeria. She brings on board database management, content development and administration experience. She is highly interested in human capital development, people management and social entrepreneurship. She holds a  Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Landmark University and a Master of Science degree in Employment Relations and Human Resource Management   from the University of Lagos.

 

 

Steering Committee Chair: Ténemba Anna Samaké

Ténemba Anna Samaké has more than 20 years of experience in business development and SME financing (Bank, Microfinance and impact investment) in West Africa.  She has been the CEO of MBC Africa since October 2015. Mobile Business Clinic (MBC) Africa is a model of enabling environment that aims to improve SMEs in agribusiness in Africa by integrating business services they need to grow on one single platform. Started as a training program for managers of SMEs is agriculture value chains, Tenemba has transformed it into an advisory firm with Pan-African outreach. Tenemba Anna is a trained lawyer, holds a MBA and is a certified business coach.


Steering Committee Members