August 26, 2022

09 - 03 pm
GMT+1

"INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM"

Social Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development in sub-Saharan Africa: Lessons learned from business incubation in Cameroon, Burkina Faso, and Ghana

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About the Social Entrepreneurship Project

Since September 2020, the Nkafu Policy Institute, a Think Tank at the Denis and Lenora Foretia Foundation, in partnership with organizations in Ghana (Innohub LTD) and Burkina Faso (Burkina Business Incubator), is implementing a 2-year project. This project is entitled: “Social Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development in sub-Saharan Africa: Lessons learned from business incubation in Cameroon, Burkina Faso, and Ghana” and is funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

Social Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development

Objective of the International symposium

  • The link between business support organizations and the ecosystem for innovation and science in sub-Saharan Africa is established, with evidence on what works and what needs to be improved/modified for sustainable scaling.

  • The current challenges faced by business support structures in achieving the set objectives are critically assessed in each selected country.

  • Weaknesses in current practices and the impact of the cultural and institutional environment identified in the selected countries.

  • An in-depth and evolving research project across sub-Saharan African countries on business incubation practices and the achievement of the SDGs is initiated.

" This event aims to present general report of the research to the stakeholders. It will also serve as a forum for the Nkafu Policy Institute, its partners in Burkina Faso and Ghana, to discuss the way forward. "

Special Guests

H.E. Mr. Richard BALE Square

H.E. Richard Bale

Canadian High Commissioner To Cameroon

Mme Julie Crowley

Mme Julie Crowley

Regional Director – West and Central Africa, IDRC

Dr. Flaubert Mbiekop

Dr. Flaubert Mbiekop

Senior Program Specialist · International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

M. Thomas WIREDU

M. Thomas Wiredu

Chief Operating Officer InnoHub Ltd Ghana

M. Soulamane Konkobo (2)

M. Soulamane Konkobo

Chief Executive Officer, Burkina Business Incubator, Burkina-Faso

M. Neya Beyon

M. Neya Beyon

Organization and Information Officer, Burkina Business Incubator Burkina-Faso

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M. Mahamourou Zan

Permanent Secretary of YouthConnekt Ministry of Sport, Youth and Employment Burkina-Faso

Ms. Abigail Swad Laryea (2)

Ms. Abigail Swad Laryea

Deputy CEO of National Entrepreneurship & Innovation Programme (NEIP) Ghana

Letitia Varney

Letitia Varney

Senior Portofolio Analyst Innohub. Ltd Ghana

Participants

  The International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

5 invitees per country (Ghana & Burkina-Faso)

  • Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation.
  • Ministry of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Social Economy and Handicrafts.
  • Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and the Family.
  • Ministry of Higher Education.
  • Ministry of Finance.
  • Ministry of Youth Affairs and Civic Education.
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Business support organizations
  • Social Entrepreneurs
  • Capital providers
  • Ecosystem enablers/policy makers
  • Professional associations;
  • Community-based organizations (CBOs)
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
  • Higher institutions of learning – universities;
  • Vocational schools
  • Experts;
  • Public personalities
  • Medias

Tentative -Event Schedule

Time

Activities

Facilitators

09h00-10h00

Arrival and networking

Participants

10h00-10h05

Welcome Remarks by the Board Chair

Mrs. Jane Mbonde

Board Chair – Denis & Lenora

Foretia Foundation

10h10-10h15

Special speech

Dr. Denis Foretia

Co-chair, Denis and Lenora Foretia Foundation,

Executive Chairman of the Nkafu Policy Institute

10h15-10h20

A Word from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Mme Julie Crowley,

Regional Director – West and

Central Africa, IDRC

10h20-10h25

Special Address

10h25-11h00

Presentation of the General  Country Report (Main findings and policy recommendations)

Dr Jean Cedric Kouam,

Deputy Director of Economic Affairs, Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation

11h00-11h40

Brief 5-Minute Statements by Special Guests on the Research and its Findings

11h40-11h55

Photos and Interviews

Communication Department, Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation

11h55-12h30

Lunch and departure of Officials

Foretia Foundation Team

12h30-13h30

Press conference

Panelists

Dr. Jean Cédric Kouam (Nkafu Policy Institute)

Mrs Letitia Varney (Innohub Ltd)

M. Soulamane Konkobo (Burkina Business Incubator)

Moderator

Mrs. Fri Asanga (CEO, Foretia Foundation)

13h30-14h30

Q & A session

Panelists & Moderator

Audience

Journalists

14h30-14h45

Recap of the day

Comment from: Ms. Emmanuella Muna,

Head of Business Incubation service, MINPMEESA (Cameroon)

14h45-14h50

Closing Remarks

Mrs. Fri Asanga

(CEO, Denis and Lenora Foretia Foundation)

14h50

End and departure

Participants