Entries by Mao Amis

Lessons from the informal economy

It’s a well-documented fact that the informal sector is key in many developing countries, accounting for most employment opportunities, delivering a full range of services and providing social cohesion. In Kenya, for example, the informal economy is referred to as Jua Kali in Swahili, which loosely translates to the ability to solve any problem.

Impact investment in a new economy

Impact investment has emerged as an important approach for mobilising financial resources for sustainable development. Through impact investment, it has been possible to divest from harmful business practices to sectors that have strong social and environmental outcomes.

BoP solutions for building inclusive cities in South Africa

New Economy Accelerator (NEA) hosts dialogue series NEA discusses the future of cities with Prof Edgar Pieterse Cape Town, 4 November 2015 – The New Economy Accelerator, a programme supporting enterprises that service or operate at the base of the pyramid (BoP), on Thursday 22nd of October held yet another successful dialogue about the role […]

Green Innovations and Entrepreneurship in South Africa: The role of SMMEs

Green Innovations and Entrepreneurship in South Africa: The role of SMMEs New Economy Accelerator (NEA) hosts dialogue series NEA discusses green innovations and entrepreneurship with Mr William Hugh MD of Impahla Clothing (Pty) Ltd Cape Town, 17 November 2015 – Last week Thursday 12th November, the New Economy Accelerator, a programme supporting enterprises that service […]

New Economy Accelerator Announces 2015 Cohort of the best BoP start-ups in South Africa

NEA announces the 10 startups targeting or operating at the Base of the Pyramid in SA program BoP business acceleration program convened by the African Centre for the Green Economy (Africege) and supported by Stichting Doen (Doen Foundation) and New Economics Foundation (NEF). Cape Town, 16 September 2015 – The African Transition To A New […]

Africa rising and the new economy

One of the key highlights of US President Barack Obama’s visit to Kenya last week, was the spotlight it placed on the importance of entrepreneurship, whilst co-hosting the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES). The occasion drew some of the world’s most high profile investors and budding entrepreneurs from the continent.This is a clear recognition of the investment […]

Launch of Africa Climate Smart Agriculture (ACSAA) Forum

The vulnerability of Africa to climate change and it’s interlinkages to poverty and food in-security are well documented. Africa’s growing population and a declining agricultural productivity, presents a major challenge to the continent’s development propects. There is a need to develop strategies that can support sustainable increase in agricultural productivity to generate wealth and build […]