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Latest News: Eswatini Trade Information Portal (ETIP) to go live in September

By |10th September 2020|

Despite the challenges of getting back to business-as-usual as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the establishment of Eswatini’s first-ever trade information portal is progressing as planned and scheduled to go live at the end of September.

The Eswatini Trade Information Portal (ETIP) will be a single authoritative source of reference for a range of information […]

Latest News: The AfCFTA and Compliance: lessons and innovations from an analysis of African RTAs

By |27th August 2020|

Imani Development has designed an innovative and bespoke Compliance Mechanism for SADC which was recently approved and adopted at the 40th Annual SADC Summit. In relation to this and leveraging on learnings and research done in the process of designing it, Chad Capon and Dr. Charalambides have written a working paper on the importance of […]

Leveraging opportunities to accelerate Agri-tech in COVID-19 times by Caroline Kensett

By |20th August 2020|

Traditional aid and sustainable development
World Humanitarian day is held annually on the 19th August to pay tribute to humanitarian workers across the globe and to increase public understanding of humanitarian assistance activities. Traditionally (and correctly) the words ‘humanitarian assistance’ evoke images of aid workers delivering immediate and necessary life-saving support to beneficiaries in conflict zones […]

Latest News: Approval and Adoption of the SADC Vision 2050, RISDP 2020-2030, and Mechanism

By |19th August 2020|

Imani Development is proud and grateful to note the official communique from the recent 40th SADC Summit.

The Heads of SADC States approved and adopted Vision 2050, which articulates the shared development objectives of the region for the next 30 years, and the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) 2020-30, which provides clear and achievable goals […]

Unlocking MSME growth in Sub-Saharan Africa by Katlego Nkgudi

By |26th June 2020|

Private sector development – micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) – as envisaged by SDG 8, typically follows a state-led approach, where national agencies conduct a variety of activities in order to i) improve the business environment: including investing infrastructure, establishing apex bodies, and arranging trade deals with foreign partners on behalf of the private […]

Supporting South Sudan to cope with the trade impact of COVID-19 by Charles Data Alemi

By |22nd May 2020|

Like every other country, the spread of COVID-19 is proving to be a double tragedy with effects on both health and economic well being. Despite taking a while to confirm its first case, which happened on 6th April 2020, the number of cases in South Sudan are growing rapidly with the count reaching 194 cases […]

Latest News: STATEMENT ON COVID-19

By |7th May 2020|

During these challenging and unprecedented times, we all find ourselves in uncharted territory. Here at Imani Development, we wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the tremendous difficulties being experienced by many of our clients, partners, and associates as they are uniquely affected by COVID-19.

Like most people and organisations, we have been doing our best […]

The potential impact of COVID-19 on African trade by Andrew Parker, Nick Charalambides and Jay Grunder

By |1st April 2020|

There will be a number of changes to African trade due to COVID-19, but it is acknowledged that at this stage there is a very high degree of uncertainty around scenarios.

Not just global supply chain disruptions, but changing demand: Supermarkets in the Global North are struggling with changing demand to domestic consumption rather than retail. This […]

Identifying additionality in an established market system: A market system review of the Avocado & Mango sector in Kenya by Martin Eichhorn

By |10th January 2020|

INTRODUCTION

The AgriFI Kenya Challenge Fund Initiative aims to support productive and market-integrated smallholder agriculture in Kenya, improving the capacity of farmers to practice environmentally sustainable agricultural businesses in inclusive value chains (VCs). The anticipated impacts of the fund include benefits relating to gender, youth, climate, nutrition and food security. Through their interactions with smallholder farmers […]

Latest News: Richard Hess retires as Group Chairman of Imani Development International

By |22nd November 2019|

Today we would like to take this opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge Richard Hess as he retires from his position as Group Chairman of Imani Development International.

Richard Hess started Imani in 1982 in Zimbabwe, from his humble home office in Harare. From these early beginnings the company grew to having a broad footprint across Eastern […]