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Changemaker International was founded in the Netherlands in 2015 to offer international development services. Our key services include training, trade and investment advisory, Investment facilitation and organising trade investment missions from Europe to Africa and Africa to Europe.

We organise these activities in collaboration with Government Ministries, African Embassies and partner organisations in Africa and Europe

Through our networks we connect European Startups and established  companies with entrepreneurs and government agencies in Africa.




Our flagship event is the Africa Trade and Investment Convention born from the need to promote the huge trade and investment potentials that remains untapped in Africa. The main objective of the conference is to create a productive meeting of knowledge and trade partnerships to foster trade and investment exchange between Europe and Africa. The event offers conferences, workshops, B2B meetings, commercial partnerships and great networking activities to lay a solid foundation on which to build trade and investment opportunities based on the awareness of each others business needs.

For more information visit www.investinginafrica.eu



We offer training to humanitarian organizations, NGOS, Government organizations and businesses to enable them offer their services effectively. 

This we achieve through developing and implementing high quality consultancy projects and delivering innovative capacity building solutions for United Nations (UN) agencies, governments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and private individuals in Africa.

We offer development and business training in partnership with Strategia Netherlands (www.strategianetherlands.nl and www.capacityafrica.com)

We have conducted training for key development partners in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Congo, Somalia, Tanzania, Burundi, and Rwanda, Djibouti, Chad, Sudan, Zambia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Botswana, Namibia, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Cameroon.



A Case for Small and Medium Enterprises


Africa is one of the fastest growing economies in the world yet more than 350 million people cannot access a bank.Still, the growth of Africa is driven by the small businesses. 80% of these businesses have limited or no access to capital for growth and expansion. This is a huge problem for Africa’s growth and prosperity because the small businesses can’t borrow money to expand, create jobs and fight poverty.


The developmental impact of SMEs can be enhanced by increasing access to finance and their capacity to manage their strategies and their finances throughout the life cycle - inception, survival, growth, expansion, and maturity. Access to finance for SMEs can add a massive contribution to economic growth in African countries. Without access to financial services, they lack the means to create goods and innovations that are crucial for achieving this growth.Small businesses in Africa are the true drivers of the economy employing 60% of the productive population.


Different institutions provide funding to micro enterprises through to medium-sized enterprises. Different financiers target specific industries, business types or locations. Finding the appropriate financier is important but remains a struggle for smaller entrepreneurs on the continent.


Changemaker International manages Investinafrica crowdfunding platform that connects African entrepreneurs with international investors



  1. Across the continent, economies are growing attracting the attention of foreign investors.
  2. Currently, six of the world’s 10 fastest growing economies are in Africa.
  3. The ease of doing business in Africa is improving to the extent that a good number of countries (including South Africa, Ghana, Mauritius and Tunisia) now outperform China, India, Brazil and Russia. 
  4. Despite these promising trends, significant development challenges persist across the African continent
  5. Development and expansion of private business activities and partnerships is a key tool to driving sustainable development in Africa. 

Drivers of Investments in Africa

  • 40% of the global population growth will be in Africa by 2050
  • More than 50% of Africa’s population is under 20 years old, making it the world’s youngest continent – in comparison only 28 % of the population of China is under 20 years old
  • 500 million Africans are between the age of 18 and 24.
  • By 2040, African population forecast is 1.1 billion — more than in China or India
  • Consumer expenditure is set to rise from USD 600 billion in 2010 to nearly USD 1 trillion in 2020
  • Urban African consumers spend the largest share of their budgets (45%) on food and groceries –more than the average consumer in the BRIC countries
  • More than half of all African households are projected to have discretionary income by 2020 – corresponding to almost 130.000 households
  • Consumer Industries (retail/wholesale, banking, telecommunication and tourism) in Africa are expected to grow by USD 400 billion by 2020, with apparel, consumer goods and food accounting for $185 billion
  • GDP growth for the continent is forecast at 5.4% in 2013 and 5.7% in 2014
  • 6 of 10 of the world’s fastest growing economies are currently in Africa
  • FDI inflows to Africa have increased by 13.6% and FDI outflows by 55.6% since 2010
  • Average annual return on capital of African companies was 65-70% or higher than that of comparable companies in China, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam
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