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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.

There are a number of effective ways to improve skills for Africa’s industrialisation development with focus on entrepreneurship, training and corporate social responsibility programmes.

1. Integrate entrepreneurship in the school curriculum.

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: 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 curriculums 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.

Challenge: acute skills shortage in leadership, marketing, sales and artisan work

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

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 their insights on
Corporate Social Responsibility Across Borders: Kenya, Nigeria & South Africa on the third series of #FOD17 Frontiers of Dialogue held on Sept. 7., 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 their insights on
Corporate Social Responsibility Across Borders: Kenya, Nigeria & South Africa on the third series of #FOD17 Frontiers of Dialogue held on Sept. 7., 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 their insights on Corporate Social Responsibility Across Borders: Kenya, Nigeria & South Africa on the third series of #FOD17 Frontiers of Dialogue held on Sept. 7., 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.
www.hansstoisser.com

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 their insights on Corporate Social Responsibility Across Borders: Kenya, Nigeria & South Africa on the third series of #FOD17 Frontiers of Dialogue held on Sept. 7., 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.

CSR Across Borders: Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa

CSR Across Borders: Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa

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Thursday 7 September 2017, 18:00-21:30
Salon Razumovsky, Vienna

 

Countless organisations across the world have voluntarily improved their corporate social responsibility (CSR) performance for financial reasons. Today’s global marketplace increasingly explores opportunities to trade with Africa’s emerging markets through profitable sustainability programs and CSR in view of strengthening skills, tackling climate change, erratic energy supply and weak infrastructure with focus on:
– Education and Training,
– Cleantech Solutions,
– Commercial Agriculture,
– Financial Services.

Why not extend sustainability efforts beyond national borders?
What role does technology play in launching a sustainability program?
What are the benefits and pitfalls?

Aphropean Partners in collaboration with IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Chapter facilitates an open debate about Corporate Social Responsibility Across Borders: Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa.
Together with a distinguished panel of academic experts and practitioners, we explore strategies that make social responsible international business operational by placing sustainability at the forefront.

WHEN? Thur, 7 September 2017 – 18:00 – 21:30

WHERE IS IT? Salon Razumovsky, Jacquingasse 57, 1030 Vienna

WHY IS IT OF INTEREST?
The purpose of discussing corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives across borders is to realise an alternative approach to penetrate the emerging markets in Africa.

The aim of #FOD17 is to help decision-making on sustainability initiatives, thus attract investors and brand loyalty by understanding sustainable business opportunities in emerging markets.
We will focus on Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa in aspects of:
– its customs/culture and consumer expectations,
– opportunities to build local capabilities,
– challenges and pitfalls, and
– how to work with stakeholders to determine impact solutions in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.

WHO ARE THE PANELLISTS?


WHO WILL ATTEND?

Professionals and peers with a mutual interest in sustainability, international trade and relations:
Corporations, Entrepreneurs, Investors, Consultants, Academics and the Curious.

We place emphasis on promoting intercontinental experts and thought leaders based in Austria.


HOW WILL IT BE DELIVERED?

An exclusive and engaging panel discussion with four speakers moderated by the host to address key themes of intercontinental relevance.

The event ambience is in an intimate and international setting including:

– Language: English
– 
Education: 60mins interactive panel discussion and 30mins Q&A
– Entertainment: drinks and snacks, music during networking period
– Price  €10 (students) – €20 (standard) including hors d’oeuvres and drinks (wine, beer, water, juice).


PROGRAM
18:00    Reception, Networking
18:30     Welcome and Debate Introduction
18:40     Debate Round One
19:00     Debate Round Two
19:20     Debate Round Three
19:40     Audience Q&A
20:10     Debate Conclusion
20:15     Drinks & Canapes Reception, Networking

 

#FOD17 FRONTIERS OF DIALOGUE

#FOD17 Frontiers of Dialogue is an event series for entrepreneurs, executives and professionals exploring the opportunities in Africa’s emerging markets. A panel of leaders of thought and practice exchange views on matters concerning business, technology and current affairs in the context of profitable sustainability.

Frontiers of Dialogue helps to expand the understanding of the African consumer, their needs and trends. Participants interact and build relations to actively engage on the internationalisation of their business to the top economies of Sub-Saharan Africa.

 

Previous topics of #FOD17 included:
Mastering Disruptive Innovation and Technology (March 2017)
Driving Environmental Performance with Technology (May 2017)

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