“DEVELOPMENT IS ABOUT MORE THAN MONEY, OR MACHINES, OR GOOD POLICIES – IT’S ABOUT REAL PEOPLE AND THE LIVES THEY LEAD.”

– Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda

BACKGROUND

Africa has specific needs that cannot be addressed from the outside in; there’s a real need for African-driven solutions to African problems, and Shared Value is the key. For the innovative, forward-thinking business, real growth opportunities can be found in addressing social challenges.

Our continent is at a critical crossroads. The twenty-first century can be the era when Africa lifts itself out of poverty – if business silos and cross-border barriers can be eliminated. It is imperative that we create a network backed by businesses, both established and start-up, to collaborate, co-operate and engage to build stable, prosperous and sustainable economies, that leave no one behind.

OUR MISSION

MISSION

Bring together businesses and business communities from across Africa with a common purpose: to build the African economy. To shift Africa from being the poorest continent to the most economically viable. To bring about change at scale.

OBJECTIVE

Through partnership with a variety of stakeholder groups, including regional and national corporations, non-profits, multi-and bilat eral development agencies and foundations, the SVAI will create Africa’s most powerful business network.

COLLABORATION

is key to Africa realizing its potential in the twentyfirst century. It is time for business to step up. Indeed, it is sound business for companies to incorporate social development into their strategy. Africa’s challenges are great, yet they hold opportunities for sustainable growth and profit potential.

OUR COMMON PURPOSE

To build the African economy for our people and our continent.

WHAT IS SHARED VALUE?

The business concept of Shared Value was first coined in the foundational Harvard Business Review article by Prof Michael Porter and Mark Kramer in 2011. The Shared Value approach reconnects business success with social progress, positing that it is not only possible but indeed preferable from a business perspective to focus on creating both economic value for its shareholders and for society – summed up succinctly as profit with purpose.

Capitalism, long regarded by many as the enemy of true social progress, can be harnessed to become a key driver towards the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The Shared Value mindset, of seeing opportunity in the midst of struggle, is the way forward towards making Africa the economic powerhouse of the next century.

TOGETHER BUILDING AFRICA’S MOST POWERFUL BUSINESS NETWORK.