Ashoka is the largest global network of social entrepreneurs with system-changing solutions, focussing on creating an “Everyone is a changemaker” world. Ashoka has had a presence in Africa since 1990 and elected over 500 Ashoka Fellows in 20 countries who have been innovating alongside youth and changemakers from the corporate, investment, media and policy spaces. Ashoka is spotting patterns and trends in social innovation and facilitate the emergence of collaborative models that can address the most critical societal challenges at scale.


The British Council was founded in 1934 to create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and the wider world. Across Africa, the British Council creates opportunity, especially for young people to fulfil their potential by improving their employability, resilience and networks. Part of this is delivered through the British Council’s Global Social Enterprise programme which enables social enterprise as a route to positive social change, inclusive growth and sustainable development while also sharing learning and building trust between the UK and other countries.



The Responsible Business Forum (RBF) on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, 25 – 27 June 2018, will focus on how innovation, youth and technology can be leveraged to achieve each of the 17 SDGs. Convening more than 400 delegates from businesses, governments, UN agencies and NGOs and the development community, the Africa forum will share their vision for an equitable and prosperous future in Africa. With the targets of each of the 17 SDGs woven into the 10 parallel workshops, delegates can design their own RBF 2018 agenda around the goals most relevant to their organisations and participate in discussions around innovation, youth and technology.



CTA is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU. CTA’s activities contribute directly toward achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with specific focus on:

GOAL 1 – No poverty:
End poverty in all its forms everywhere.

GOAL 2 – Zero hunger:
End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

GOAL 5 – Gender equality:
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

GOAL 8 – Decent work and economic growth:
Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all.

GOAL 13 – 
Climate action:
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. 

CTA’s headquarters are located in Wageningen, the Netherlands. An additional branch is located in Brussels, Belgium. CTA is primarily funded by the European Development Fund but receives additionally funding through a diverse set of international partners. CTA is active in 79 ACP countries.


Improving the health and quality of life of patients is the goal of the research-driven pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim. The focus in doing so is on diseases for which no satisfactory treatment option exists to date. The company therefore concentrates on developing innovative therapies that can extend patients’ lives. In animal health, Boehringer Ingelheim stands for advanced prevention. Family-owned since it was established in 1885, Boehringer Ingelheim is one of the pharmaceutical industry’s top 20 companies. Some 50,000 employees create value through innovation daily for the three business areas human pharmaceuticals, animal health and biopharmaceuticals. In 2017, Boehringer Ingelheim achieved net sales of around 18.1 billion euros. R&D expenditure, exceeding three billion euros, corresponded to 17.0 per cent of net sales. As a family-owned company, Boehringer Ingelheim plans in generations and focuses on long-term success, rather than short-term profit. The company therefore aims at organic growth from its own resources with simultaneous openness to partnerships and strategic alliances in research. In everything it does, Boehringer Ingelheim naturally adopts responsibility towards mankind and the environment.



Total is one of the largest major integrated oil and gas companies in the world, with activities in more than 130 countries. The Group is also a first rank player in chemicals. Its 98 000 employees put their expertise to work in every part of the industry – exploration and production of oil and natural gas, refining and marketing, gas and new energies, trading, and chemicals. Total is working to help satisfy the global demand for energy, both today and tomorrow. Total is committed to developing renewable energies, improving energy efficiency and improving the carbon intensity of their current production mix. In addition, Total is committed to supporting local economic development, extending energy access to the least advantage and harnessing community commitment to create value.


The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is the agency for international cooperation of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). The SDC is responsible for the overall coordination with other federal authorities of development and cooperation with Eastern Europe as well as for humanitarian aid delivered by the Swiss Confederation. Swiss international cooperation, which is an integral part of the Federal Council’s foreign policy, aims to contribute to a world without poverty and in peace, for sustainable development. It fosters economic self-reliance and state autonomy, contributes to the improvement of production conditions, helps address environmental problems, and ensures better access to education and basic healthcare services.


The Frey Charitable Foundation (FCF) is a Swiss family foundation established in 2004 by Tatjana and Rainer-Marc Frey. Guided by an entrepreneurial mindset, which has been key to the family’s own success, FCF aims to empower the underprivileged to successfully take control of their own lives. This means helping individuals by giving them self-confidence and the means to master difficult situations during their lives. While active in different countries around the world in the first decade of their activities, FCF focuses particularly on Africa and Switzerland. In Africa, FCF focuses on supporting outstanding social entrepreneurs in a variety of thematic areas.



We build strategies to showcase talents, find the right opportunities, and inspire mindset change surrounding how people should work together by pushing forward our belief that everyone has interests in collaborating effectively, with a focus on the African continent. Baobab Consulting offers four principal services: 1. Personal Branding and Reputation Management for aspiring and established public figures. 2. Exchange programmes for academic, professional and cultural development. 3. Strategic Communications and PR. 4. Advisory, Facilitation and Training. By virtue of our dynamic global team, which spans seven countries in North America, Africa, and Europe, Baobab consulting has access to a vast network of influencers to connect our clients to the right opportunities. Having worked with governments, entrepreneurs, academic institutions, businesses, non-profits and public figures, Baobab Consulting offers expertise in entrepreneurship, education, communications, youth development, women’s leadership, impact investing, design thinking, international development and much more.


Set up in 2010 as one element of the broad-based black economic empowerment transaction conducted by South African Breweries Ltd (SAB), the SAB Foundation is an independent trust that annually invests millions of Rands towards developing entrepreneurship in South Africa and the benefit of the wider South African community. They focus on providing funding for small, medium and micro-sized enterprises, in order to contribute to the economic and social empowerment of historically disadvantaged persons. This is done primarily by supporting entrepreneurship development and social innovation with a priority focus on providing opportunities within small, medium and micro-sized enterprises for women and youth, people in rural areas, as well as persons with disabilities.

PROBONO.ORG operates a legal clearinghouse, in Constitutional Hill, Johannesburg. Here clients are seen on a daily basis and cases are referred to a panel of pro bono attorneys where necessary. have a staff of 12, which includes the National Director, a Head Staff Attorney, two legal advisers, other support staff and a number of volunteers. In addition, ProBono.Org holds legal clinics on matters relating to wills and deceased estates, refugees, labour law, housing, domestic violence, family law and consumer law. Throughout the year, holds a number of workshops, for both attorneys and communities. also work with a number of NGOs and CBOs who refer cases on to them.


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