The ANDE Annual Conference Supporting Small Business Ecosystem Growth across West Africa

The Aspen Institute of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is presenting its Annual West Africa Regional Conference under the theme ‘Accelerating Small and Growing Business Growth in Africa’ on July 19-20, 2022 at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra, Ghana.  The annual conference is a destination event for Enterprise Support Organizations, capacity building agencies, accelerators, academic institutions, impact investors, and governments that propel entrepreneurship in developing economies and promotes networking for more robust entrepreneurial ecosystems in Africa.

The conference will feature an interactive agenda with sessions focused on cross cutting sector issues  such as gender equality, climate and environmental action, employment, and economic growth with speakers including Kafui Bimpe, Group Head Business – Access Bank Ghana, Kofi Ofosu Nkansah, CEO – NEIP Ghana, Hamdiya Ismaila, Impact Investing Ghana Board Member/MD Venture Capital Trust Fund, Peter Bamkole – Enterprise Development Center of Pan-Atlantic University, Nigeria with a  keynote address delivered by Michael Mensah Baah, Deputy CEO of Development Bank of Ghana.  

“ANDE is proud to  announce the return of our in-person Annual West Africa Regional Conference to offer tangible opportunities to network, collaborate, and learn with some of Africa’s foremost leaders, practitioners, and visionaries across Francophone and Anglophone West Africa. We are also excited to use the conference as a platform to launch the new ANDE report on how Impact Measurement and Management (IMM) has changed in response to COVID-19, with a spotlight on Africa”, says ANDE Executive Director, Richenda Van Leeuwen. 

Interactive activities will include GIZ’s Private Adaptation Investment Bootcamp exploring gaps between demand and supply side finance with fund managers, ANDE’s gender-lens focused digital platform co-designed by the MIT DLab and funded by USAID, and an exhibition featuring Agriculture and Tech ventures supported by the UN International Trade Center. In closing, FMO (Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank) and Impact Investing Ghana will co-host a Reception bringing together investors, entrepreneurs, local experts and intermediaries to highlight successful deals as well as encourage closer connections between the industry insiders in attendance at the Conference.

The ANDE West Africa Regional Conference will be presented with strategic partner, Impact Investing Ghana and official sponsors including Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank (FMO), German Development Agency (GIZ),  Center for International Private Enterprise, Aspire Corporate Trust (ACT) Foundation and Platform for  Agricultural Risk Management (PARM). 

About ANDE 
The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is a global network of organizations that  propel entrepreneurship in developing economies. ANDE members provide critical financial, educational,  and business support services to small and growing businesses (SGBs) based on the conviction that SGBs  create jobs, stimulate long-term economic growth, and produce environmental and social benefits. 

As the leading global voice of the SGB sector, ANDE believes that SGBs are a powerful, yet underleveraged  tool in addressing social and environmental challenges. Since 2009, we have grown into a trusted network  of nearly 300 collaborative members that operate in nearly every developing economy. ANDE grows the  body of knowledge, mobilizes resources, and connects the institutions that support the small business  entrepreneurs who build inclusive prosperity in the developing world. 

ANDE is part of the Aspen Institute, a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and  equitable society.

About Impact Investing Ghana 
Impact Investing Ghana is a private-sector led initiative that builds a thriving ecosystem for  impact investing in Ghana. The organization represents the country on the Global Steering Group  for Impact Investing (GSG), the successor to the Social Impact Investment Taskforce that was  established by the G8.

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