The Hub Orientation for the ACBP was a huge success. It was conducted at the AfriLabs Annual General Meeting (AGM) held during the AfriLabs Annual Gathering 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The Orientation was done to properly inform AfriLabs members about the programme. The Orientation had over 80 leaders in attendance from across Africa and other diaspora Enterprise Support Organizations. The Orientation was led by Rebecca Enonchong (Board Chair, AfriLabs), Anna Ekeledo (Executive Director, AfriLabs) and Temitope Isedowo (Director of Programmes, AfriLabs) who are the ACBP Project Leader, Curriculum Development & Content Delivery Co-Lead and Project Manager respectively.
The Orientation started by discussing the capacity gaps identified in the hub community such as inadequate technical resources, inadequate support systems/challenging regulatory environment, inadequate funding etc.
The AfriLabs Capacity Building Programme (ACBP) funded by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) was then introduced as a solution to bridge these identified capacity gaps. During the Orientation, hub managers and staff present were properly informed about the ACBP; the funder - Agence Française de Développement (AFD); the various components - 30 Physical workshops in 15 convening African cities, 12 Quarterly Hubs Learning Weeks, full Hub Management Certification Course in partnership with a major African University, Hubs-in-Residence at AfriLabs Annual Gathering 2020 and 2021, toolkits on business development and investment management, SDG meetup grants, capacity building awards etc.; strategy/phases - Design and Implementation; projected impact, as well as the various benefits to hubs and the communities.
After each section of the Orientation, hubs were allowed to ask questions, make contributions and seek proper clarification where they needed one. The hubs went on to express their gratitude to the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and AfriLabs for a well-timed programme such as the ACBP with them and their communities as the core beneficiaries.