Founded in 2012 by the Netherlands-African Business Council (NABC) and the African Studies Centre (ASC), Africa Works! is a leading international platform dedicated to inform, inspire, and connect the Dutch private sector with the various regional industries of Africa.
The third edition of NABC’s flagship conference promises to be a prominent B2B platform which focuses on Africa’s growing economies, particularly in light of innovations developing in the financial sector.
Conference participants will help to realise the positive potential that innovation in the financial sector can have on economic development in Africa. In essence, those who attend demonstrate their commitment to the African growth story.
Africa Works! 2014 was a bristling and interesting event that brought together a wide range of people from many different disciplines, all connected through their interest in Africa and that offered, therefore, a very diverse view of Dutch activities on the continent and a great opportunity for networking, with peers and like-minded, but also across different sectors and across different interests.
The Africa Works Conference in 2012 provided a very effective platform on which public sector, private sector, civil society and knowledge institutions from the Netherlands and Africa could meet and interact. The Dutch Diamond in practice! The Call for Proposals that was made public by the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP), an initiative sponsored by the Dutch government, lead to real credit for real investments. Those are the tangible results that made the Africa Works Conference stand out.
I participated at the Africa Works event of 2012. By bringing together people of NGOs, knowledge institutions, government and companies who understand the opportunities and challenges in African countries Africa Works plays an important role in bridging the gap between practice and research. It was a pleasure to be part of this great event organized by Netherlands African Business Council and the African Studies Centre.
Africa Works was a great opportunity to explore ICT in Africa with representatives from business, academia and the non-profit sector. At Africa Works, we were able to go well beyond the repetitive numbers on connectivity, mobile phone penetration and the next exciting application. There is much we can learn from each other and Africa Works offered a common forum to all of us.
The Africa Works! conference in 2012 brought together a varied group of professionals from the private sector, NGOs, knowledge institutes and the Dutch government interested in doing business in Africa; a great opportunity to expand my professional network within the Netherlands. I look forward to meeting you on 16 and 17 October during the 2014 edition in Leiden.