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Franchising Opportunities in Egypt for US Firms

Franchising has increased in Egypt, as well as in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region. According to statistical business sources the Franchise Industry is valued at over $14bn and is growing at an annual rate of 27%. Franchising has developed quite extensively in Egypt over a short time; it has proven to be one of the most successful [...]

Combining Business and Social Value Chains to Do Business in Africa

Combining Business and Social Value Chains to Do Business in Africa

A hybrid value chain is “A business model connecting the strengths, variances of the business world and the citizen sector world to generate and social impact while doing business,” says Ashoka senior change leader, Stephanie Schmidt. There are many untapped markets in various sectors on the continent and hybrid value chains can assist [...]

Leveraging Social Entrepreneurs to Do Business in Africa

Africa has a significant contingent of social entrepreneurs making social impact. This same group is also a significant asset for business. Social entrepreneurs understand Africa, and this is something businesses need to enter African markets successfully points out Nassir Katuramu, Program Manager for Venture and Fellowship in East Africa for [...]

Waking Up the World to Business in the New Africa

Waking Up the World to Business in the New Africa

While Africa is on the move, most of the world slumbers. Why do I say this? In Charlotte, North Carolina, a "new" market for promoting business in Africa, I had the great opportunity to speak about the business potential in Africa on a local radio talk show with Vince Coakley. But I was shocked that the majority of people, who called in, were [...]

Lessons on Doing Business in Africa from Women

Lessons on Doing Business in Africa from Women

Starting a business in any market, let alone a frontier market, comes with many inherent risks and challenges.  However, all successful businesses have had to overcome adversity at one point or another.  Loide Monteiro and Funke Opeke are two women who are fully aware of such adversities and today they each own and operate successful businesses [...]

Shaping Value to Enter Emerging Markets Like Africa

Shaping Value to Enter Emerging Markets Like Africa

This is an excerpt from the Shaping Value to Enter African Markets chapter in the forthcoming book, Growing Rich in the New Africa. In Redefining Business in the New Africa, I shared about leveraging trust networks to do business in Africa, offering a straight-forward framework. But, I also noted that trust is not enough. Leveraging any [...]

The Rise of Global African Entrepreneurs

The Rise of Global African Entrepreneurs

I have been watching a growing shift over many years in global business networks, which suggests a new regime is getting ready to exercise its power and influence in Africa and the globe in a visible and coordinated way. The new regime will change the very fabric of business, society, and politics. The networks of Global African entrepreneurs are [...]

Business Partnership Strategies for Africa

Business Partnership Strategies for Africa

  When conducting business in Africa, or any other developing nation, you will face challenges that you might not necessarily encounter in the developed world.   Jumaane Tafawa, Director of Frontier 100 at the Initiative for Global Development, points out that, “For many companies, whether they’re African companies expanding to other [...]

The Business Opportunity in Adding Value to Small Farmers in Africa

The Business Opportunity in Adding Value to Small Farmers in Africa

Food is essential for sustaining life, so while the growing global population is a boon for business there is also major concern echoed around the world as to whether or not we can generate enough food to feed a world population of over 9 billion in less than 100 years. Since Africa holds much of the available arable land in the world, there is [...]

The Role of Public Private Partnerships in Africa

Africa has seen the rise of a new structure in public service provision that not only augments the capacities of Governments, but improves service delivery and creates  employment for its citizens. Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) combine the efficiency of the private sector with the authority and risk-sharing capacity of the Government, but [...]

The Kaleidoscope Effect: Shifting Strategies to Do Business in Africa

The Kaleidoscope Effect: Shifting Strategies to Do Business in Africa

This week I have the opportunity to discuss the evolving strategies we see for doing business and investing in Africa at the panel discussion, hosted by the World Bank at its headquarters in Washington, which launches our new book, Redefining Business in Africa. The panel includes leading African experts from the World Bank – Shantayanan [...]

A Recipe for Change: Emerging Business Patterns

A Recipe for Change: Emerging Business Patterns

This article was commissioned by ITWeb’s Brainstorm Magazine of South Africa for July 2010.  Permission to re-print was granted to Afribiz. Constant change in business is seen as a problem. But what if it wasn't a problem, but an opportunity? The turbulent, fast-paced business environment is causing many organisations to re-think both [...]

Using Leverage Points for Strategic Business Success in Emerging Markets

Using Leverage Points for Strategic Business Success in Emerging Markets

"Give me a place to stand, and I shall move the earth with a lever" Archimedes International business and trade is challenging and adds complexity to a business venture.  Add to that  today's turbulent business environment, it would seem that reaching beyond domestic borders can be too difficult.  In business, there is rarely, if ever, a time [...]

The Age of Identity and The Facebook Generation

The Age of Identity and The Facebook Generation

This article was commissioned by ITWeb/Brainstorm of South Africa for the June 2010 issue. The original article is “Facebook Generation.” Consumers are becoming increasingly identity-focused. Corporations will have to keep up to remain relevant €" both as suppliers and employers.  Diane Hessan, CEO of Communispace, a US company [...]

Shifting Economic Paradigms: A New Future for Africa?

Shifting Economic Paradigms: A New Future for Africa?

Commissioned by ITWeb/Brainstorm of South Africa for May 2010 issue. While the economic crisis at the end of the first decade of the 21st century has made the most headlines, there are more significant shifts afoot that will inform the future of business. The years 2000 through 2009 represented not only a decade, but the end of a generation in [...]

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