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An unconventional suggestion to tackle unemployment

An unconventional suggestion to tackle unemployment

Employment prospects through CSR programmes.

It’s incredible how high the unemployment rates have persisted in the Mediterranean basin. Without an end in sight, the percentage of those out of work has steadily gone up, despite the opportunities for growth in the agricultural sector.

Mainly, countries rich in biodiversity, including Greece, Spain, Italy, Croatia, and Cyprus have untapped potential to make their agricultural output great again. Instead of crafting work relief programs, these countries are misguided through desperate actions of claiming loans to fund more debt and social welfare initiatives.

Work-relief programme vs Social welfare programme

Do not get me wrong; I believe that social welfare is useful for those not able to work and in danger of falling into the poverty trap. However, a nation-wide work relief program would be more beneficial in the long run for the individual and society. Millions of long-term unemployed Mediterranean would preserve their dignity and working skills.


To address this unfortunate economic phenomenon, the high-performing corporations could exercise impactful corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs across geographical borders. By joining forces with the public sector of countries plagued with high unemployment rates, CSR programs can be designed to establish long-term work- and skills development projects, particularly in the fields of sustainable agribusiness and GreenTech.

Perhaps the European Commission and its member-states could mandate an incentive-driven program for enterprises of all sizes to create employment and stem a tide of societal degeneration?

Corruption is a byproduct

I know the cynics reading this would scream this proposal as a breeding ground for fraud and corruption. But realise this: Corruption is a byproduct of Public-Private Partnership (PPP), and only behavioural reform and possibly technology can banish fraudulent activities. Your argument is welcomed in this respect.

A work relief program initiated by CSR and powered through PPP may force high initial investments with no immediate returns, but in the long run, the benefits include high national output, healthy competition, higher consumer spending, preserved self-respect for those out of work, and more.

Just a thought. What are yours?



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Using CSR marketing to confront the cancer epidemic

Using CSR marketing to confront the cancer epidemic

Using CSR marketing to ensure healthy lives

It seems like all we hear about these days is the topic of cancer. Why is that?

The gruesome fact is that hardly any of us will be spared by cancer. One way or the other, either yourself or someone close to you will be afflicted with this prevalent disease.

But don’t worry. If you are based in the developed world, you will be alright. Most middle- and high-income countries have all the facilities to prevent and treat cancer. Africa, on the other hand, has too many patients and not enough cancer specialists nor equipment.


Impressive advancements have been made to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

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Behind every challenge lies an opportunity. Strides are made to confront the rising cancer crisis around the world.

Technologically advanced countries in the Sub-Saharan region, such as Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa actively seek to collaborate with top cancer experts in Europe and elsewhere on research and development programmes customised to local needs.

Cancer registries are virtually non-existent in most African countries. So far, only the African Cancer Registry Network (AFCRN) established in March 2012 is carrying the burden of collecting data on patient history, diagnosis and treatment.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) established a Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT) in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other organisations are working towards cancer control.

We can all be instrumental in confronting the cancer epidemic across the world. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a powerful mechanism to initiate market expansion across geographical borders, attract and boost engagement with loyal customers who can relate to the campaign.


Watch this short video to recognise opportunities of cancer treatment and prevention in Africa

Nwabisa Mayema

Nwabisa Mayema

Aphropean Partners is proud to present Nwabisa Mayema

Nwabisa Mayema joins a panel of leading experts and practitioners to share her insights on Corporate Social Responsibility Across Borders: Kenya, Nigeria & South Africa on the third series of #FOD17 Frontiers of Dialogue held on 21 September 2017 in Vienna, Austria.

An entrepreneur with a zest for life and adventure. Nwabisa is passionate about developing female entrepreneurs across the African continent. She is nominated as one of Inspiring Fifty South Africa 2017 and listed as one of the Independent Media Group’s Top 100 Young Independents of Inspiring and Aspiring Young South Africans (innovation category).

As the Executive Director (one of two) of nnfinity, Nwabisa focuses on delivering knowledge and insights to multinational corporations and globally-minded education institutions on social entrepreneurship and female-specific enterprise development.

Nwabisa is a natural networker, which allows for nnfinity to direct its efforts towards fostering the growth of female entrepreneurs through relationships and networks. Nwabisa is also the co-founder of The Collective Genius, a youth-oriented consultancy in corporate social responsibility.  

Nwabisa Mayema holds a Bachelor Degree in Public Policy & Administration and Political Science

The Business of Sustainability

The Business of Sustainability

Learn. Diversify. Adopt.

Distracted by the financial and migration crisis of the past few years has left Austrian businesses hard pressed to grow. Instead, many companies have been forced to become more risk averse, affecting the export market. But shying away from expanding into new markets will get us nowhere.

What it takes to gain an advantage.

It takes a risk taker armed with data, local partners and reliant cash flow to invest in the emerging markets successfully. So, it should not come to a surprise that the share of Austrian exports to Sub Saharan Africa peaked at 0.6% trade volume in 2016. That is not even 1%! Just imagine the benefits reaped from a monopolised position by these key players in Kenya, Nigeria, Kenya and other investment destinations.

Today’s climate presents an opportunity for you to increase revenues and profits in the long run. Austria’s well-funded program in start ups, green innovation, and digital solutions has made the execution of an internationalisation strategy easier today than yesterday. Now has come the right time to build on strategic partnerships, learn about options to diversify and adopt the smart business of sustainability.

Learn. Diversify. Adopt.

Among existing core strategies to develop your business, consider expanding to the sustainability market of developing countries. Sustainability is a trending element to innovative business models and ambiguous in the definition. In Europe, the ecological component of sustainability is of highest priority to manage climate change. In Africa, it is the economic part of sustainability that ranks first to improve the quality standards of living. But you probably know that.

At the upcoming Frontiers of Dialogue held on 7 September 2017, accompanied by a distinguished panel with Africa experience, we will explore together the opportunities and challenges of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Across Borders with a focus on Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. As you look forward, consider sustainable business and CSR initiatives for growth to acquire new customers, build strategic partnerships, expand into new markets and new product/service additions.

Challenge the status quo.

To bridge the sustainability market with Africa, you need to understand the business conduct and market demands fully. Those of you who have already attempted trading in Africa: what your business did to be successful in the past might not be ideal to in the future. Africa is connected and enlightened today more than ever before.

The underserved markets of Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa demands technology, know-how, and investments to develop in water and sanitation, agriculture, health, and education.

Too many Austrian businesses fail to realise the high potentials of combining business with sustainability and ethics to expand to Africa’s emerging markets. Of course, this comes with a higher level of risk taking, trust and understanding. The strategic and cross-cultural partnership is crucial to the success of international business relations. You need to have a knowledge of the sustainability market, opportunities and challenges of the underserved emerging markets in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.

Leverage on your strengths.

Austria should not be intimidated by uncertainty and the barriers set by China and the US. Instead, we should leverage our strengths of social capital, high-quality production of energy efficient solutions and knowledge-intensive services.

Let us challenge the conventional thinking about doing business in Africa by asking the right questions. Together we can increase our understanding of the international business of sustainability. We shall explore innovative solutions and ideas to bridging the sustainability market between Austria and Africa’s emerging markets.

Join the upcoming Frontiers of Dialogue on CSR Across Borders: Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa held on 7 September 2017, 18:00h at the Salon Razumovsky, 1030 Vienna.
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Adding value to Africa’s capacity

Adding value to Africa’s capacity

Insights on ways to efficiently improve skills for Africa’s industrialisation development.

As an advocate for corporate social responsibility and profit-oriented sustainability programs, I believe we can tackle global issues such as the excessive migration flow, climate change and so forth through education and training.

There are a number of effective ways to promote industrialisation development through capacity building in the Sub-Saharan region. Here I focus on three:

1. Integrate entrepreneurship in the school curriculum.

Necessity is a main driver of innovation. Teaching school children the principles of entrepreneurship would eventually transform the social and economic landscape. The rise of EduTech is on the path of overturning under-financed and archaic education system.

You are on the right track if you have come up with a concept to deliver education content through mobile SMS. Most of the population in low-income countries do not have smartphones…

Challenge: an underfinanced education system; relatively few companies within and beyond borders allocate resources to act socially responsible specifically for the education and training sector.

Outcome: an increased chance for local small-medium sized enterprises to trade globally, a vast pool of a skilled and emerging workforce, attract international business and foreign direct investments.

Do you know of the Integrated Entrepreneurship Education (IEE)?
The IEE covers the teaching of knowledge and skills that will enable the individual student to plan, start and run his/her business, delivered as an integrated part of the curriculum at an acknowledged education and training institution within the national education system. It’s an initiative funded by and supported by enterprises and organisations.

The IEE is constantly on a mission to upgrade school curriculum with a focus on entrepreneurship as one of the subjects of instructions. Botswana, Kenya and Uganda have already successfully integrated entrepreneurship and skills development in their school curriculum with a focus on administration, ICT, engineering and agribusiness.

2. Prioritise training programmes and apprenticeships to match skills with jobs on a global scale.

The misfortune of others is fortunate for another.  Acute skills shortages in leadership, marketing, sales and artisan work present as a great business opportunity and philanthropic deed for small and medium-sized enterprises.

Consultancies, artisan associations, multinational organisations and educational institutions that are willing and able to supply training programmes to match demands in Africa are in the chance to cater for the rising number of affluent consumers.

Challenge: low capacity in leadership, marketing, sales and artisan work in many Subsaharan countries.

Outcome: Match skills demand and supply of industry and education. Develop the capacity to manage and solve problems; drive the performance of individuals, businesses and the society as a whole.

There is no such thing as a useless university degree. In fact, each countries priorities lie in different companies. Occupations in health and manufacturing, such as mechanics, welders and electricians are high in Africa’s demand. Perhaps you can supply?

The apprenticeship system within the DACH region is world renown and often regarded as the potential model for developing countries. Apprenticeship brings some benefits including self-employment, adequate job security, and skill development for those with no education. On the flip side, apprenticeship systems can carry risks if not standardised, which leads to limited skill transfers or underpaid employment.

Have you heard of the Green industrialisation?
It’s another coined description of becoming industrial to meet energy demands and preserve the environment. Renewable energies, financial and education technologies present great opportunities for Africa’s youth to drive green industrialisation forward. All it takes is an investment, private sector involvement and the right policies to drive training and apprenticeship programs forward.

3. Engage private sector to help shape skills development policies

Capacity building and skills development are both a means and an end.

Challenge: Competition poaches trained workers after all the invested efforts of training. This misfortune happens across all sectors and corners of the business world.

Outcome: Develop skills of the local workforce to match international standards. Partnerships with enterprises, business, industry, craft associations, unions, and other formal and informal stakeholders to make training more relevant to the labour market (AfDB/OECD, 2017).

Corporate social responsibility initiatives across borders

Today’s global marketplace increasingly explores opportunities to trade with Africa’s emerging markets through profitable sustainability programs and corporate social responsibility programmes.

Complex questions have arisen on how to execute international corporate social responsibility programmes without relieving the public sector from its duties. Who is responsible for solving today’s pressing issues? What role does technology play in launching a sustainability program? What are the benefits and pitfalls?

Frontiers of Dialogue, part of an event series started in Vienna, is a vigorous discussion among a distinguished panel and audience to address these questions and more. On September 7th, 2017, a distinguished panel and audience discuss Corporate Social Responsibility Across Borders in view of Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. Click here for more info.

Ursula Oberhollenzer

Ursula Oberhollenzer

Aphropean Partners is proud to present Ursula Oberhollenzer, MSc.

Ursula Oberhollenzer joins a panel of leading experts and practitioners to share her insights on
Corporate Social Responsibility Across Borders: Kenya, Nigeria & South Africa on the third series of #FOD17 Frontiers of Dialogue held on 21 September 2017 in Vienna, Austria.

Ursula Oberhollenzer is the founder of blue cube, an agency for sustainability & communication in 2007. She is a freelance journalist for Business Art Magazin, Austria’s most important sustainability magazine. Since 2016, Ursula is active at the Global Impact Investing Vienna Exchange (GIIVX), a platform linking impact investors with sustainability entrepreneurs / social enterprises.

She is also active as management board member of CSR Dialogforum, an NGO accredited to provide eccos22, the certification of Corporate Social Responsibility.

Prior to establishing the agency blue cube, various positions in Sales & Marketing, e.g. at L. Bösendorfer Klavierfabrik GmbH, Alois Czipin Produktivitätsberatung GmbH, HVB Alternative Investment AG, Korn Ferry International (CEE-Headquarter, Vienna) and Economist Intelligence Unit (Vienna office).

Ursula holds a Masters Degree in CSR & ethical management.

Chuks Ojeme

Chuks Ojeme

Aphropean Partners is proud to present Chuks Ojeme, MSc.

Chuks Ojeme joins a panel of leading experts and practitioners to share his insights on
Corporate Social Responsibility Across Borders: Kenya, Nigeria & South Africa on the third series of #FOD17 Frontiers of Dialogue held on 21 September 2017 in Vienna, Austria.

Chuks Ojeme is a cyber security and forensic consultant with years experience of advising corporations how to survive in an advanced, adaptive and persistent cyber risk environment. He is an expert in transformational strategy and a leadership facilitator for volatile, digital business & governance climates.

Presently, Chuks leads the information security audit and carries out strategies to mitigate cyber attacks as chief information security officer at Gebauer & Griller.

As founder of the nonprofit organisation, Conscience Matters, Chuks is charged with the responsibility of restoring fast degenerating human values caused by a nearly failed conflict resolution mechanism.

Chuks holds a Master of Science from the University of Applied Sciences in Vienna and is professionally certified as Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Certified Internet Web Security Analyst (CIWSA), Cisco Information Security Specialist (CISS), Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS), Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MSCA).

Hans Stoisser

Hans Stoisser

Aphropean Partners is proud to present Mag. Hans Stoisser.

Hans Stoisser joins a panel of leading experts and practitioners to share his insights on Corporate Social Responsibility Across Borders: Kenya, Nigeria & South Africa on the third series of #FOD17 Frontiers of Dialogue held on 21 September 2017 in Vienna, Austria.

Hans Stoisser is an entrepreneur, management consultant and author with long-time experience in Africa’s emerging countries. In his book “Der Schwarze Tiger” he explains why Europe has missed to link up with modern Africa and what could be done instead. Currently, he offers seminars in “Silicon Savannah” in Nairobi, one of Africa’s innovation hubs.

Hans Stoisser hat mehr als 30 Jahre lang Infrastruktur in Dritte-Welt-Ländern aufgebaut. Seit 1992 leitet er die Managementberatung ECOTEC, die unter anderem in Bulgarien, Palästina und Brasilien, vor allem aber in vielen afrikanischen Ländern, tätig war. In seinem im November 2015 erschienen Buch „Der schwarze Tiger – Was wir von Afrika lernen können“ erklärt der Ökonom das andere Afrika, das wir in Europa nicht zur Kenntnis nehmen wollen.

Derzeit organisiert er Seminare im „Silicon Savannah“ in Nairobi, einem der Hotspots des digitalen Afrikas. Er bloggt unter www.hansstoisser.com .

Doris Österreicher

Doris Österreicher

Aphropean Partners is proud to present Dr Doris Österreicher.

Doris Österreicher joins a panel of leading experts and practitioners to share her insights on Corporate Social Responsibility Across Borders: Kenya, Nigeria & South Africa on the third series of #FOD17 Frontiers of Dialogue held on 21 September 2017 in Vienna, Austria.

Doris Österreicher is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna. Her research work concentrates mainly on energy-related concepts, design and methods in climate adaptive architecture and urban planning.

Before joining the university in 2015 she was Head of the Business Unit Sustainable Buildings and Cities in the Energy Department of the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), leading the topics Smart Buildings and Smart Cities and Regions.

Prior to starting at AIT in Vienna in 2006, Doris worked for over eight years overseas, mainly as an environmental designer in London, providing consultancy for many signature innovative low energy buildings.

Her work focused on design and simulation in the field of energy efficiency and daylight modelling as well as integrative measures for architecture and building system concepts.

Before that, she worked as an Architect for a well-known architectural company in London as well as with architects in Massachusetts, USA and Vienna, Austria. She additionally works as a consultant for international projects, lectures on environmental design and serves as a tutor and juror for architectural critics.

Doris is a qualified architect in Austria, and the UK holds a Dipl. Ing. and Dr.techn. in Architecture from the Vienna University of Technology and received the state price ‘award of excellence’ for her doctoral dissertation.

She also holds an MSc in Architecture, Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies from the University of East London.

Corporate Social Responsibility Across Borders

Corporate Social Responsibility Across Borders


Frontiers of Dialogue

CSR Across Borders: Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa

Thursday 21 September 2017, 18:00-21:30
Salon Razumovsky, Vienna

Today’s global marketplace increasingly explores opportunities to trade with emerging markets.

Salon-Razumovsky Frontiers of Dialogue location

Aphropean Partners in collaboration with IEEE TEMS (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Technology, and Engineering Management Society) invites you to be part of an inclusive conversation.

At this Frontiers of Dialogue, we’ll discuss the options of bridging the sustainable business divide between Austria and Africa.

We have invited a distinguished panel representing the academia, public and private sector who will be sharing their sustainability initiatives in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. These individuals are incredibly valuable sources of knowledge and even better, can help you and your enterprise avoid the same mistakes they made.

The #FOD17 Panellists

Nwabisa Mayema

Chuks Ojeme, MSc
Griller & Bauer

Arch DI Dr Doris Österreicher
Universität für Bodenkultur Wien

Mag. Hans Stoisser
ECOTEC – Institutionelle Infrastrukturaufbau GmbH

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What’s on the agenda?

An engaging dialogue between experts of sustainable business, technology, and Africa in a relaxed setting with an after-work canape.

In order to successfully, expand your market to Africa, you need to understand the business conduct and market demands fully. Those of you who have already attempted trading in Africa: what your business did to be successful in the past might not be ideal in the future. Africa is connected and enlightened today more than ever before.

Together, we’ll learn about the opportunities and challenges of ethics and sustainable business initiatives with focus on the underserved market demands of Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa – particularly in the field of agriculture, education, and training, renewable off-grid energy, finance, consumer goods, manufacturing, and transport.

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What’s the point?

At this #FOD17 evening, we’ll learn about the opportunities and challenges of ethics and sustainable business initiatives in the developing world.

If you are interested in strengthening your professional Africa-Austria relations, this is a brilliant opportunity to meet intellectual people, exchange views and learn. We may not solve the world’s problems by the end of the evening, but our conversations may be the most inspiring.

The evening will be casual and filled with those sharing a common interest in the sustainable development of Africa to stem migration, create a skilled workforce and reduce the reliance of foreign aid among other matters. We place emphasis on promoting leaders of thought and practice with Africa experience.

About Aphropean Partners2
Sponsors and Partners of Frontiers of Dialogue

Previous topics of #FOD17 Frontiers of Dialogue:

Mastering Disruptive Innovation and Technology (March 2017)
Driving Environmental Performance with Technology (May 2017)

Upcoming topics of #FOD17 Frontiers of Dialogue:

Making Profit and Sense of Sustainable Agriculture  (November 2017)
Corporate Social Responsibility Across Borders (September 2017)


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