Invest in Africa (IIA) is a not-for-profit organisation with the vision to create thriving African economies. Working in partnership with both private and public sector companies, IIA more effectively identifies and tackles the challenges of doing business in Africa, delivering more impactful and cost-efficient solutions.
We do this in 4 ways:
- Creating sustainable cross-sector partnerships
- Empowering local enterprise
- Championing private sector-led growth
- Simplifying doing business in Africa
We believe the challenges of doing business in Africa cannot be solved by one company or one sector alone. But by pooling resources and sharing knowledge, IIA leverages existing and new opportunities to drive long-term growth across African economies.
IIA is focused on job creation and improving the business environment for both investors and local SMEs. Our priority is to increase the linkages between large international and domestic companies and smaller local business and increase access to skills, markets and finance.
- The African Partner Pool (APP) is IIA’s online marketplace that allows SMEs to promote the products and services they can deliver and the standards they can deliver to. This makes it easier for big companies to find the right local suppliers to work with.
- The Business Linkage Programme (BLP) is IIA’s business skills training programme part-funded by the African Development Bank. The BLP gives members of the APP the opportunity to receive coaching and mentoring from international and local consultants as well as IIA Partners to make them more competitive and more able to win business from larger companies.
IIA was launched in 2012 and has since partnered with leading private and public companies across sectors, including:
- Tullow Oil
- Equity Bank
- Clyde & Co
- Atuabo Freeport
- Guinness Ghana Breweries
- UT Bank
- AB & David
- Ghana Investment Promotion Centre
- Association of Ghana Industries
Our Partners work with IIA across all our countries of operation. They define the strategic direction of IIA and have decision-making authority on the IIA Board.
IIA also have a number of Local Partners that help us deliver our initiatives in our specific countries of operation.
Where we work
IIA has offices in the UK, Ghana and Kenya. The APP was launched in Ghana in late 2014, while the BLP began training with the first group of SMEs in September 2015.
IIA Kenya opened in October 2015 with plans to launch the APP and BLP initiatives later on in 2016.