Supporting the GIBS mission to be 'close to business' across the African continent.
Two covers of
The Economist capture the divergent extremes of the Africa narrative: "The hopeless continent" in 2000 and "Africa rising" a decade later. The truth is that Africa does exhibit these extremes, as well as innumerable complexities and nuances in-between.
The Centre for African Management and Markets (CAMM) aims to better understand the vast extremes and the subtleties that might just explain them. How, for example, did Kenya jump 49 places in the World Bank's Ease of Doing Business Index since 2014, up from 129th to 80th? Is China a win-win investor or the spearhead of a damaging model of economic colonialism? And what makes Libya – in the midst of a civil war over territory and oil – the second happiest country on the continent in the latest UN World Happiness Report, behind sun-drenched and wealthy Mauritius?
We approach these questions through the lens of what we call "Build, Connect, Do":
At CAMM we conduct research into the markets and management philosophies of African countries and companies, while fostering dialogue and sharing knowledge between stakeholders on the economies of the continent.
The centre brings together thought leaders on Africa to discuss key issues impacting the continent. Our flagship event is the annual Business of Africa conference, which is supported by periodic forums.
A quarterly newsletter to share insights on the latest news and insights on business in Africa. Activities and research from GIBS that possess a content-wide perspective, will also be highlighted.
Through the creation of fellowships and partnerships, the Centre aims to build a network of connectors and collaborators who represent a broad and diverse set of interests. They cut across varying fields relating to business in Africa, including: institutions, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and business leaders.
Research and publishing:
The Centre will conduct research on Africa and will employ case studies from across the continent as tools for gaining a deeper and more insightful understanding. This will be developed into teaching tools and incorporated into the GIBS curriculum for academic and executive programmes.