Image: CDC is investing in Feronia, an agricultural production and processing business in the DRC.

We believe that Africa is good for business, and that business is good for Africa.

We are a group of companies and international development organisations, working collectively to harness the development impact of business in Africa.


Partnering for Impact: Supporting Systemic Change to Deliver the SDGs in Africa

How are companies and their partners working to catalyse the systemic changes needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa?

Read our report with the Harvard Kennedy School CSR Initiative and The Partnering Initiative, launched in New York in 2014.
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New Africa 2014

New Africa: Nigeria - From Growth to Opportunity

How can business tap into the opportunities that Nigeria presents, while also maximising its contribution to long-term growth and broad-based socio-economic impact?

Read our report with the Initiative for Global Development, launched in Abuja in 2014.

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A New Global Partnership with Business

How can the development community partner with business to deliver the Post-2015 development framework and achieve sustainable prosperity in Africa?

Read our report with the Harvard Kennedy School's CSR Initiative and The Partnering Initiative, launched in New York in 2013.

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Business Action for Africa is driven by a Lead Group of companies and international development agencies.

Anglo American

Anglo American is one of the world's leading mining companies. Anglo American has identified six values to help guide how it behaves and interacts with others: safety, care and respect, innovation, accountability, collaboration and integrity.


CDC is the UK government's development finance institution. Its mission is to support the building of businesses throughout Africa and South Asia to create jobs and make a lasting difference to people’s lives in some of the world’s poorest places. It aims to invest where its job creation focus can have greatest impact: in countries where the private sector is weak and jobs are scarce, and in sectors where growth leads to jobs – directly and indirectly – such as manufacturing, agribusiness, infrastructure, financial institutions, construction, health and education. CDC invests to support the growth of all sizes of business from the micro-level right up to the largest because it believes that a balanced private sector is necessary for economic development and robust job creation. In addition to creating jobs, CDC intends to demonstrate that it is possible to invest successfully in challenging environments, thereby attracting other sources of capital including fully commercial capital in time.

De Beers

De Beers is the world’s leading diamond company with unrivalled expertise in the exploration, mining and marketing of diamonds. As part of its operating philosophy, the people of De Beers are committed to Living up to Diamonds by making a lasting contribution to the communities in which they live and work. This means carrying out profitable business, while simultaneously helping governments achieve their aspirations of turning natural resources into shared national wealth.


Diageo is the world's leading premium drinks business. Diageo’s approach to socio-economic development is defined around three central pillars: Local wealth creation – contributing to economic development through business activities such as local hiring, local sourcing, our tax contributions, and fostering an enterprise culture; Community investment – establishing investment programmes that empower individuals and communities as well as brand-led initiatives and charitable activity; and Advocacy and awareness – harnessing the power of consumers and collaborating with other companies, governments, industry bodies, and NGOs to advance sustainable development.


SABMiller is one of the world's leading brewers, operating across six continents. SABMiller is located in 37 countries in Africa. SABMiller understands that its profitability depends on healthy communities, growing economies and the responsible use of scarce natural resources.


Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies. To help meet tomorrow’s energy needs, Shell is working responsibly today. Shell’s approach to sustainability starts with running a safe, efficient, responsible and profitable business. Shell also works to share benefits with the communities where they operate. And they’re helping to shape a more sustainable energy future, by investing in low-carbon technologies and collaborating with others on global energy challenges.

Standard Chartered

Standard Chartered is a leading international banking group committed to building a sustainable business over the long-term. It is focused on banking the people and companies to drive the creation of investment, trade and wealth in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. By running its operations well, standing by its clients & customers and investing in local communities, Standard Chartered believes that it can be a powerful force for good.

The Coca-Cola Company

The Coca-Cola Company is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. The Coca-Cola Company is focused on initiatives that help build healthier, more active communities, advance environmental conservation and enhance the economic development of its communities.

UK Department for International Development

The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. DFID is ending the need for aid by creating jobs, unlocking the potential of girls and women and helping to save lives when humanitarian emergencies hit.

Do you share our optimism about the future of Africa, and our belief in the important role that innovative and responsible businesses can play in delivering broad-based development?

We want to help catalyse an evidence-based conversation about the role of business in Africa - that both informs and inspires positive action.

We regularly work with other business networks, civil society organisations, academic institutions, international development organisations and government agencies to share insights in the context of our thought leadership reports, private roundtables and informal working groups.


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