No solution to poverty and famine is quite so effective as income. No method of generating income is quite so effective as safe and secure employment. No method of creating safe and secure employment is quite so effective as production - whether it be efficient agricultural production or the manufacture of needed goods.
This Foundation exists to support African entrepreneurs and farmers in establishing enterprises which can provide safe and secure employment to those needing it. Other attempts have tended to focus on either simplistic craft and trading solutions or the transfer of hi-tech machinery without support or purpose. We focus on initiatives adding real value to primary or natural resources with local enterprises using modern production techniques enabling the effective production of needed goods - and able to be competitive in the global marketplace.
What we know
We know that existing companies do not create new companies - it is not in their interests to do that. All the large enterprises employing many people now were once small... and most safe and secure jobs are created by large numbers of small enterprises. Few if any productive enterprises were in fact created or driven solely for the purpose of making money - only banks and the now "bottom line" driven corporations do that. Productive enterprises come from the entrepreneur and the innovator who wants to make money producing something to fill a need he or she understands.
Our team therefore is selected from people who know how to do this... how to support and guide the entrepreneur, the innovator or the farmer through the thousands of hours of learning and struggle it takes to establish a sound and profitable enterprise. This is what can in turn create employment for many and economic growth in the manner first described by one Adam Smith who had made the observation that the wealth of a nation was purchased with its own labor - and nothing else. No simple truth has spawned so much ingenious evasion.
What we do
The same thing our own forebears did - we support the creation of enterprises adding value to natural and primary resources. We work with African Individuals and Governments - Banks and Educational Institutes. We help to identify needs and opportunities - then we generate the business plans and provide one of ours to mentor the enterprise for as long as it takes.
What we believe
We believe iron ore should be exported or locally consumed in the form the end user needs - be it a tractor the farmer needs, an electricity generator a nation needs, or a washing machine a household needs. Cotton should be exported or locally consumed in the form of finished textiles whether it be children's clothing or dressings for local hospitals. Food should be processed locally for local consumption - not re imported. The list of opportunities is endless - and this is the only approach that creates the work and income needed by the local population to provide the purchasing power to consume such production. Exporting raw materials to feed the smelters and factories of foreign nations cannot provide anything except work and income for the people of those foreign nations. The only way these materials can be "bought back" in their value added state is with debt - and what the largest industrial nation on the planet is now demonstrating daily is the real effect of supporting consumerism with debt.
Our people are those who understand the generating station made in the West is actually an uncomplicated technology that can also be made in an African country - if the knowledge of how to do it is shared. The people on our team are experienced in the world of Western Industry - they know how to design and use CNC machinery - they know about manufacturing motors, generators and pumps - they know the chemistry and the processes of refining oils - they know how to dig iron ore out of the ground and reduce it to iron and steels before casting and machining it into the form of a tractor - and some know how to do that sort of thing very efficiently when using biomass fuels.
The Bosses are above - some more are below - in no particular order - the rest will be when they get a "round tuit" - (a tuit seems to be something needed before divulging personal information). So this will be a "Page under construction" for a while yet. Click on a picture to get a bio. (soon)
Dr Getachew Assefa
Dr Berhanu Demessie
Industries for Africa Foundation Amalia Jönssons Gata 25 42131 Västra Frölunda