Agricultural small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) across Africa typically have few pathways to scaling their operations: They could invest in new machinery to increase outputs, but loans are often out of reach. Product quality and pricing could be tailored for bigger food manufacturers’ needs, but existing systems often don’t align with large-scale manufacturers’ requirements. These are but a few of the many obstacles that agricultural SMEs face when it comes to joining global supply networks.
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Kanishka is an Associate Partner with Dalberg based in Mumbai. He advises private and public sector partners on strategy, strategy planning and management, market analysis, and monitoring and evaluation.
Vicky is Dalberg’s Global Finance Director, based in Johannesburg. She is responsible for all aspects of the firm’s financial and risk management, including taxation, reporting, budgeting and internal risk reviews.
Vicky also oversees the global IT function and is currently involved in rolling out a new ERP system for Dalberg and updating the digital transformation strategy.
Mass Entrepreneurship as a driver for mass employment
This article originally appeared in French in the May 25, 2019 edition of Jeune Afrique. The original article can be viewed here.
Layusa Isa-Odidi is an Associate Partner leading Dalberg’s presence in Melbourne, Australia. She focuses on strategic planning and financing across the areas of education, employment, agriculture, and gender. In doing so, she has advised governments, foundations, Fortune 100 companies, multilateral institutions, bilateral donors, and INGOs.
Alexandra Stanek is an Associate Partner in Dalberg’s Johannesburg office. She is passionate about developing human capital and strengthening employment across the African continent. She also works extensively in industrialization and access to finance, two areas that can help economies unlock growth. Alex has advised businesses, foundations, bilateral organizations, government bodies, and NGOs in their strategy, analysis, and evaluation of projects.
Rym is an Associate Partner based in Dakar. Her work covers West and North Africa, and focuses on strategic planning, program design, and implementation. She has experience in inclusive economic development, youth employment and entrepreneurship, agriculture, and ICT.
Arnaud is an Associate Partner and Co-Director of Dalberg’s Abidjan Office. He advises multilateral and bilateral organizations, corporations, foundations, and NGOs on strategy, financial planning and management, market analysis, and monitoring and evaluation. Arnaud’s areas of expertise cover strategic planning, operational management, and business process improvement. His experience spans across sectors and continents. He has led and participated in key engagements in several countries across Europe and Africa.
Shyam Sundaram is an Associate Partner at Dalberg Advisors and Director of the Washington DC office. Shyam leads our global Talent, Training and Leadership practice area – working with mission-driven organizations and firms to find the best strategies and approaches to attract, activate and unleash their organizational talent. Shyam also leads much of our work on strategy and organizational effectiveness and helps clients define a vision, identify optimal organizational structures, and facilitates effective change management processes for large and complex organizations.
Dayoung Lee is an Associate Partner based in Mumbai and a co-lead of the Education to Employment Practice. Her other focus areas include early childhood & youth development, gender, health, ICT and monitoring, evaluation & learning (MEL). She enjoys working at the intersection of strategy and human-centred design and is excited about leveraging technology right to enhance and scale impact.