African social entrepreneurs seek to address critical social and environmental challenges facing the continent, whilst still providing goods and services for their communities. These entrepreneurs focus on transforming systems and practices by establishing innovative businesses that benefit low-income, marginalised and vulnerable people. Whilst some believe in the transformational nature of social entrepreneurship, sceptics doubt the sustainability of the business model. This panel will address the full complexity of social entrepreneurship through the journey of social entrepreneurs in Africa at the forefront of positive transformation in different fields. Panellists will highlight the risks, challenges and opportunities that exist in this space and other factors that may be necessary to aid the sustainability of social enterprises.
Anne Githuku-Shongwe (Representative for UN Women’s South Africa Multi-Country Office, SAMCO); Joseph Awuah-Darko (Co-founder, Agbogblo Shine Initiative); Luvuyo Rani (Founder, Silulo Ululo Technologies)
Moderated by Sefa Goho (CEO, The Songhai Africa Group)