Exploring Networks As A Powerful Mechanism for Impact: Invest in Africa, Kenya Case Study

2021-09-02T14:09:13+01:00September 1st, 2021|

Locally led impact networks, such as Invest in Africa, Kenya (IIA Kenya), 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 shows how the IIA Kenya team have applied a networks approach to deepen member engagement and accelerate their impact. “The [...]

Join Us at the ANDE West Africa Conference

2021-07-23T09:09:08+01:00July 23rd, 2021|

We are proud to be sponsoring the ANDE West Africa virtual conference 27 - 28 July 2021 The ANDE West Africa Regional Conference, which was piloted in 2017, is a gathering of ANDE Members and partners in the region including leading investors, capacity development providers, foundations, banks, corporations, and research institutions. This year’s virtual conference will feature live webinars focused on solutions to common challenges for SGBs, live panel discussions, interactive breakout sessions, dedicated sessions for the Francophone audience, online networking, and one-on-one engagement. As part of the conference we are holding a panel session on 'Adopting a Networks [...]

Announcing the Appointment of Wangechi Muriuki as Africa Networks Lead

2021-07-22T11:26:46+01:00July 22nd, 2021|

We are pleased to announce our appointment of Wangechi Muriuki as Creative Metier Africa Networks Lead. Based in Nairobi, Wangechi will lead Creative Metier’s work across sub-Saharan Africa to build on, and further develop, our impact networks practice. “We are excited to have Wangechi on board to lead on this key Impact Area, to lead and build on our engagement with rural impacting networks in East Africa and West Africa.”  Glynis Rankin, CEO, Creative Metier Wangechi joins us from Invest in Africa (IIA) (Kenya) which she was involved in founding in 2015. As Country Manager, she set up the IIA (Kenya) [...]

Announcing Creative Metier Action Research to Accelerate Network Impact in West Africa

2021-06-23T16:58:17+01:00June 23rd, 2021|

Locally led impact networks can play a critical role in strengthening business ecosystems by bringing their members together to address complex systemic challenges. In rural sub-Saharan Africa, impact networks have the potential to deliver significant impact by aligning key stakeholders who are committed to strengthening financial systems and resources, and increasing the income-generating opportunities needed to improve lives along every step of their respective value chains. We are pleased to announce that we are commencing work with four impact networks in West Africa, to understand and demonstrate their reach, potential, business models and the challenges that they experience. Supported [...]

Creative Metier Seeks a Project and Communications Coordinator – Global

2021-06-01T14:45:12+01:00June 1st, 2021|

Creative Metier are seeking a highly motivated and ambitious person to join our team as Project and Communications Coordinator – Global, based in Nairobi. The objective of the role is to ensure effective and efficient coordination of Creative Metier’s projects and to support communications as part of the wider Creative Metier team. You will also have an opportunity to contribute to Creative Metier’s strategy and build relationships with the networks and people we work with. The Project and Communications Coordinator role is challenging and exciting, presenting many opportunities for learning and development. Through this role you will build a [...]

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

2021-09-02T13:04:41+01:00March 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 [...]

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 [...]

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