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Exploring Networks as a Powerful Mechanism for Impact: Africa Rural and Agricultural Credit Association Case Study

2021-03-24T13:59:44+00:00March 24th, 2021|

Locally led multi-stakeholder networks, such as the Africa Rural and Agricultural Credit Association (AFRACA), play a critical role in strengthening business ecosystems by bringing their members together to address complex systemic challenges. They have the potential to deliver significant impact by aligning key actors who are committed to strengthening financial systems and resources, and increasing the income generating opportunities needed to improve the lives of people living in extreme poverty in rural sub-Saharan Africa. This case study provides an insight into the way in which AFRACA have applied a network approach to deepen member engagement and accelerate their potential [...]

Glynis Rankin to Join Panel at the Africa Executive Coaching Convention

2021-03-17T11:20:43+00:00March 17th, 2021|

We're delighted that CEO Glynis Rankin has been invited to join the panel discussing the advancement of entrepreneurs and their businesses through executive coaching at the Africa Executive Coaching Convention on 24th March. Head over to the AECC website for details of how to join the session; join the convention here

Exploring Networks as a Powerful Mechanism for Impact Research Summary

2020-09-24T15:08:39+01:00September 24th, 2020|

Research on the potential of multi-stakeholder networks to effect ecosystem level change Locally led multi-stakeholder networks play a critical role in strengthening business ecosystems by bringing their members together to address complex systemic challenges. They have the potential to deliver significant impact by aligning key actors who are committed to strengthening financial systems and resources, and increasing the income generating opportunities needed to improve the lives of people living in extreme poverty in rural sub-Saharan Africa. In 2019-20, Creative Metier worked with six membership networks to explore their potential and to test the Converge network approach, adapting it to [...]

Skoll World Forum Ecosystem Event

2020-09-24T16:11:04+01:00May 25th, 2020|

Creative Metier have been engaged by Small Foundation to conduct research into the potential of multi-stakeholder networks to address complex systemic issues in sub-Saharan Africa, and to test and adapt a “networks approach” framework developed by Converge. The initial stages of the research have focussed on identifying the potential and the challenges facing the research participants. This phase also explored the opportunities that adopting a “networks approach” presents to expand on the potential and resolve the challenges. The research so far demonstrates both the (often hidden) potential of locally led multi stakeholder networks to address complex ecosystem level issues, [...]

Interview Series: Kevin Moorhead

2021-02-22T13:24:39+00:00February 19th, 2019|

Kevin Moorhead, former CEO of AKF East Africa speaks to Creative Metier about the risks associated with CEO transition and his reflections on the value of the dedicated transition support he received when moving from CEO of AKF Afghanistan, to CEO AKF East Africa. What do you see as the top three risks associated with CEO transition for a programme or organisation? Continuity of business: The incoming CEO is inevitably going to want to put their stamp on their organisation and that can be quite a large cultural and strategic shift unless it is managed well by the [...]

Interview series: Zohra Baraka

2020-05-25T12:51:48+01:00December 3rd, 2018|

Meet Zohra Baraka, Founder and Director of Mohazo Eximpo Limited.  Mohazo Eximpo sells and distributes handcrafted items in the global marketplace. Zohra wears many hats. She is also the Chairperson of the African Women Entrepreneurship Programme (AWEP) Kenya Chapter and serves on boards of various organisations including Kenya’s National Committee on AGOA (the African Growth and Opportunity Act) and the Micro and Small Enterprises Authority (MSEA), a government parastatal under the Ministry of Trade. What led you to setting up your business? I initially wanted to join employment and looked for a job for a while. I had been [...]

Interview series: Felix Mutisya

2020-05-25T12:55:57+01:00October 22nd, 2018|

Felix Mutisya, a former night guard, and his wife Susan, a teacher, embarked on an ambitious journey 12 years ago to start a primary school. Together, they have successfully pioneered two schools in Mukuru kwa Njenga slums in Nairobi where they are educating over 600 students. Felix sat down with us to share his story. What led you to setting up Merry Cliff School? I started the school in 2006 with my wife Susan. We realised that there were no public schools around the Mukuru kwa Njenga slums where we lived. There was only one school which was about [...]

Interview series: Saidi Ahmed Ndope

2020-05-25T12:55:24+01:00October 22nd, 2018|

Saidi Ahmed Ndope can be summarised as a young, ambitious and determined go-getter. At only 35 years of age he has managed to grow his portfolio at Markmann & Co. Ltd by steering the product development and R&D departments to greater heights over the last couple of years. Starting off his career as a Sales & Marketing Executive in 2009 right out of University, he steadily rose up the ranks to hold his current position as the General Manager. Saidi was one of the participants in Creative Metier’s coaching programme for Small and Growing Business (SGBs) in Kenya. We caught [...]

Interview series: Deepa Dosaja

2021-02-22T13:25:17+00:00October 22nd, 2018|

Deepa Dosaja, Founder and CEO of Deepa Dosaja Ltd., is one of Kenya’s leading designers and has established a strong brand, not just in Kenya but across the globe. From showcasing her “My Flowers” couture collection on New York Fashion Week’s coveted runway in 2017, to participating in the inaugural Commonwealth Fashion Exchange at the Buckingham Palace in London earlier this year, Deepa is unstoppable.  Deepa Dosaja Ltd. is one of 10 companies that recently concluded a six month coaching programme with Creative Metier for small and growing businesses (SGBs) in Kenya. We caught up with Deepa to talk about [...]

Interview series: Saheel Shah

2020-05-25T12:59:10+01:00October 22nd, 2018|

Saheel Shah is the co-founder of Kenya’s Adpack Limited, one of the fastest growing packaging businesses in East Africa. Saheel started the business five years ago with his father. Adpack Limited manufactures gunny bags or woven sacks that are used to package cement, agrichemicals, fertilisers and feeds for the farming sector. Saheel sat down with us to talk about what inspires him as a leader and to discuss his entrepreneurial journey. What led you to setting up Adpack? I grew up in a family of entrepreneurs. My grandfather came to Kenya on a ship when he was 14 years [...]

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