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05 04 2018| Uncategorised
Project Report

Making Africa Work, is a one-year government funded pilot programme by PUM Netherlands senior experts (PUM) and Africa in Motion (AIM), which started February 2017 and ended December 2017. The programme aimed to stimulate entrepreneurship and employment in Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Rwanda and Sierra Leone. Click the image below the read the project's final report.

12 12 2017| Story
Transforming plastic waste to build up Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries in the world and struggling with many challenges. Plastic pollution is one of them. Plastic waste contributes to regular flooding, causing the outbreak of water-borne disease and damaging buildings and the infrastructure. Plastic waste enters the natural environment and, as it breaks down, ends up as microparticles in our bodies. At...

10 12 2017| new2
Blue Harvest Ghana: seaweed for sale

fishing communities along the republic’s coastline are struggling with water pollution and deteriorating fishing conditions, due in part to the aquatic plant’s rampant growth. Blue Harvest saw a business opportunity in collecting and processing this natural resource, and uses inexpensive techniques to do so. Harvesting seaweed will have a positive impact on impoverished coastal communities by providing a direct source...

10 12 2017| new2
Mutima Farm Ltd: hydro- and aquaponic farming in Rwanda

These young people face high rates of unemployment, but don’t see agriculture as a viable business or employment opportunity. As a result, the nation’s population of farmers is aging and unable to keep up with the rising demands of the food market. Rwanda imports a variety of produce from regional markets to meet domestic demands, suggesting that innovative agricultural...

10 12 2017| Winners1
On Point: streamlining intercity transport in Ghana

By bus, or by plane for that matter, is an ordeal. You have to buy a ticket in person days in advance at the bus station or, in the case of an airplane ticket, through a travel agent. On Point, a start-up specialising in mobility solutions, is going to streamline the process by allowing travellers...

10 12 2017| Winners1
SESEA: Could hemp be the catalyst for a bio-based economy in Africa?

As the crop can be grown simultaneously with other crops it generates additional income for farmers. SESEA is going to export hemp fibers. Due to the optimal weather and soil conditions in Sierra Leone the fibres are of high quality. One of its main customers developed a technique to soften hemp fibre for high-end textiles. Adinda de Vries: In our family...

29 11 2017| News
Wanted: 40 businesses in the Netherlands looking to achieve growth for themselves and Africa

Young entrepreneurs in the Netherlands looking to do business with Africa can join in with a new initiative: Making Africa Work. This year, some 40 entrepreneurs will be given the opportunity to obtain support in establishing a business in Africa. The assistance offered to them in finding local partners and developing their business plan is...

29 11 2017| News
PUM CEO Johan van de Gronden on BNR news radio about Making Africa Work

The launch of Making Africa Work did not go unnoticed in the media today. Johan van de Gronden, CEO of PUM Netherlands senior experts, was live on BNR news radio this morning in ‘Zakendoen’ to talk about Making Africa Work and the idea behind the initiative. Van de Gronden: “… On one hand we are...

29 11 2017| Update
Successful First Training for Coaches

The first group of coaches that signed up with Making Africa Work got together last week for a successful first training session. The coaches will be working with one or more entrepreneurs throughout 2017 to develop a business idea into a bankable business plan. The training session kicked off with the coaches learning more about...

29 11 2017| Update
Making Africa Work Inspiration Event

The Making Africa Work Inspiration Event was a big success with more than 130 people in attendance. The event took place at Pakhuis De Zwijger in Amsterdam last week. Doors opened at 13:30 o’clock sharp. Within minutes a long que formed in front of the registration desk. After some refreshments Marina Diboma, Head of External...

29 11 2017| Update
Making Africa Work – Where Are We Now?

It has been several months since the official launch of Making Africa Work back in February. What has happened so far? In a nutshell: after loads of media attention and several interviews with Johan van de Gronden, CEO of PUM Netherlands senior experts, applications from coaches and (future) entrepreneurs for the programme started pouring in. On March...

29 11 2017| Update
Making Africa Work – Where Are We Now, Part II

Dear all, First of all, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to all participants in submitting their Business Canvasses! We were positively surprised in the amount of complete cases received after our last request. Several actions have been undertaken in the month of May, and we would like to inform you what has...

29 11 2017| Update
Coaching session

Entrepreneurs and coaches whose business canvasses are eligible for follow-up, took part in a coaching session that was held on the 23rd of June, 2017. During the coaching session, Max Koffi presented the activity schedule for the remainder of the year and Jan Jongbloed presented the figures up till now and what to expect in...

28 10 2017| Story
How seaweed will help local fishing communities in Ghana

Entrepreneur Elvira de Rooij and coach Emmy Voltman make up Making Africa Work team ‘Goodget Ghana’. They were in Ghana this month to do market research and meet local partners for the social venture of Goodget Ghana, Blue Harvest Ghana. This is what they had to say about their plans: “Because of our presence in Ghana in the...

28 09 2017| Story
Younes plans to transform Ghana’s public transportation sector

Making Africa Work entrepreneur Younes Douari has a passion for public transportation. Wanting to explore Ghana while studying in Accra, he had to find his way through a complex transport system. Younes: “The only way to be assured of a reserved seat is to go to the bus station a couple of days in advance. This...

29 08 2017| News
Creating Jobs in Circular Economy and Sustainable Energy

How can we create African jobs that are sustainable? For more than 10 of the entrepreneurs participating in Making Africa Work, starting a business in circular economy* or sustainable energy is the answer. Even more are incorporating extra environmental friendly elements into their business. Here we introduce four of their plans. Hans Verberg travelled to...