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Event: Scaling Up! - Inclusive Business in East Africa

Date: Wednesday, 3rd June, 2015 Time: 12:00 -18:00 pm Venue: Nairobi (TBC) Dear Global Compact Kenya Members, We are pleased to invite you to Scaling Up! – Inclusive Business in East Africa, an event co-hosted by the Business Call to Action (BCtA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Kenya, in collaboration with the Global Compact Network Kenya (GCNK). The event will take place on Wednesday, 3rd June 2015, 12:00 - 18:00 pm in Nairobi, Kenya. The exact venue of the event will be communicated to participants in due time. This interactive event will gather leaders from prominent Business Call to Action member companies in East Africa, as well as representatives from the Kenyan private sector including Global Compact Member companies, government, bilateral donors, civil society and the United Nations. The half-day event will offer an opportunity to showcase innovative work, engage in peer-to-peer knowledge exchange, network and establish linkages with other leaders in the field. During the second half of the event participants are welcomed to join either of two trainings: · 1) The Business Call to Action Impact Measurement Training for BCtA member companies and participants with existing inclusive business initiatives. This session will introduce the latest trends in impact measurement for capturing real-time operational performance and social impact of inclusive business initiatives; or · 2) The Africa Management Initiative (AMI) Identifying Impact Training for companies who have just started or are planning/interested to start an inclusive business initiative. The event will end with a networking cocktail. A more detailed agenda and signed invitation letter are attached. Kindly confirm your participation by filling in the attached registration form and emailing it to Judy Njino on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (+254 (0) 721 442 404) before close of business on Tuesday, 27 May 2015. Kindly indicate which training you wish to take part in. Any questions regarding the logistics of the event can also be directed to the above contacts. Please note, there are no charges to participate. We look forward to seeing you there. Yours sincerely, Subathirai Sivakumaran Maria-Threase Keating Programme Manager Resident Representative, a.i. Business Call to Action UNDP United Nations Development Programme Kenya

Value chain development by the private sector in Africa

This publication sheds light on current understanding, experiences and challenges around inclusive business approaches in Africa. Its specific focus is on the role and re- sponsibility of the private sector as regards value chain development in the sub-Saharan region. The following are the main learning objectives which this publication attempts to address:

  • Share key lessons learnt by focusing on factors that determine successful value chain development on the part of the private sector; conversely, highlight determinants that contribute to unsuccessful projects in this area;
  • Explore and highlight opportunities and challenges for the private sector concerning value chain development; and 
  • Capture experiences in ways that generate new insights and perspectives, and inspire innovation in inclusive business approaches and value chain development.

Coporate Social Responsibility in sub-Saharan Africa

The objective was to identify and gain deeper insight into factors that promote or hinder success in CSR project management and delivery, and on the basis thereof to arrive at conclusions and recommendations about enabling instruments that will benefit, strengthen and expand CSR impact in the region. In this survey it was found that CSR concepts were for example enhanced through collaboration with Global Compact local networks, but that CSR in sub-Saharan Africa is still in its infancy. Social and environmental activities of individual companies remain scattered.

GCNK Case studies on Anti Bribery and Corruptions survey report

Bribery and corruption remains a constant threat to public trust and confidence in institutions and companies. In East Africa, bribery and corruption directly threatens growth, development and even the security of our people. Currently, there is a significant initiative from both the private and public sector to combat bribery and corruption. Although organizations do their best to formulate comprehensive and proactive strategies to manage the risk, they still need significant effort and commitment to ensure success in deterring bribery and corruption

African Perception Survey of Chinese Business in Africa - final version

This survey measures Africans’ perceptions of the business practices of Chinese nationals (hereafter “Chinese Business”) in African countries. Such a survey is long overdue. While there have been several studies of the perceptions of Chinese and Europeans,  Africans are  the ones who are directly affected by investment of Chinese Business in their countries. Also, there is a widespread perception that Chinese investment in Africa is not benefitting  Africans. China stands accused of being a ‘new colonial power’, extracting resources for their own benefit with little return for Africa. In addition, Chinese presence in Africa is viewed with suspicion, especially from Western countries, and their human rights record, labour practices and environmental practices are often questioned. On the other side, the Chinese are very positive about their investment in Africa, contending that it contributes to the development in Africa.