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COVID-19 and Global Food Systems: Where to next? by Dr Isla Farley

By |26th February 2021|


Global food systems are complex and have become increasingly so over recent decades. Continued population growth, higher consumption levels, inequality, ever increasing demand for processed food and the challenges of our changing climate are putting them under extreme stress.  Although food systems developments and innovations have helped to address some of these challenges, unfortunately we […]

The Chikolongo Livelihoods Project – Successes, Impact and Challenges by Jonathan Thorneycroft

By |29th January 2021|


The origins of the Chikolongo project are in a response from IFAW to address human-wildlife conflict (HWC) with the community outside Liwonde National Park (Malawi). Through a process of adaptive management, founded on a partnership approach between IFAW, Imani (as local partner) and the community, the Chikolongo project has evolved into an integrated farm and […]

Facilitating the free movement of people in Africa by Jay Grunder

By |18th December 2020|


The movement of people across national borders is a vital component of any region’s economy. Whether for cross border trade, seasonal work, to establish a business, or any other economic activity, the flow of people greatly contributes to African economies. The importance of such movement has been recognised at regional and national level. As such, […]

Understanding the AfCFTA: observations and opportunities by Chad Capon

By |20th November 2020|

I recently completed a four day short course with TRALAC on reading International Trade Agreements, with a specific focus on the AfCFTA. In my role at Imani Development, I have been involved in work on the AfCFTA and I find it extremely interesting, but it is also very intricate and multifaceted. Accordingly, I wanted to […]

SME Export Capacity Building to Develop Nigeria-UK Business Linkages in Goods and Services (2019-2020)

By |22nd October 2020|

The FCO’s Global Trade Programme aims to reduce poverty and achieve economic growth through an increase in competitive SMEs (including women owned SMEs) which are able to trade internationally, including with the UK, contributing to economic and export base diversification, higher economic growth and job creation.

The access of Nigerian exporters to the UK market is […]

Challenge funds as a form of impact investing by Andy Simpson

By |16th October 2020|

Here’s my latest brain dump, borne from some significant personal and organisational experience in Challenge Funds – some of it will have wider application than just challenge funds.
So, what is a Challenge fund? 
Typically, a large institutional donor recognises that a systemic blockage exists in a value chain or an economic ecosystem and presents a CHALLENGE […]

SADC – Formulation of SADC’s Development Vision 2050 and RISDP 2020 – 2030 (2019-2020)

By |9th October 2020|

The SADC Council of Ministers, at its meeting in August 2014, noted that the draft Revised Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) 2015-2020, contained a proposed roadmap for the development of the SADC long-term Vision, which would bring together the Revised RISDP and the Strategic Indicative Plan of the Organ (SIPO) – the latter designed […]

Development of a Framework for the Establishment of One Stop Border Posts at Kazungula (2017-2020)

By |2nd October 2020|

The Kazungula Bridge is a joint project between the Government of the Republic of Botswana and the Government of the Republic of Zambia. The Project lies on the border between the two countries on the North-South Corridor (NSC), a vital trade route in SADC.

Informed by two key studies, Feasibility Study and Preliminary Design (2001) and […]

Market Study and Training on Vegetable Value Chains (2019-2020)

By |2nd October 2020|

Private Enterprise Programme in Zambia (PEPZ), is a six-year (2014-2020) UK Aid-funded private sector development programme designed to encourage and support investment and job creation. PEP Zambia helps intervention partners to introduce business innovations (new products, services or business models) that deliver profitable growth for our partner and open up new market opportunities for Zambian […]

Rapid Remote Trade Assessment: SACU+M Regional Trade Analysis (2020)

By |2nd October 2020|

From 2018-2019, Imani Development undertook the Finalisation of Programme Design and Preparation of the Outline Business Case for the FCO SACU+M GTP: Trade Capacity Building Programme (TCBP).

Imani Development is the primary Local Service Provider (LSP) of a DAI-led consortium contracted to implement the GTP: Trade Capacity Building Programme (TCBP).Trade Forward (SACU+M TCBP) provides assistance […]