Dear Friends and Partners,
Happy New Year! We hope you had a restful holiday and that 2023 is off to a good start.
2022 was daunting – many of our clients were hit hard by inflation, food insecurity, supply chain shocks, and a sudden tightening in global capital availability. But we also saw an immediate response and more willingness to act than ever – billions in investment dollars continued to flow into Africa while we pulled together to launch new, creative and exciting initiatives across climate, gender, health, and agriculture.
At OCA, we were proud over the year to help more than 125 African SMEs to strengthen and scale their businesses, to raise US $200M+ of fresh capital for our African clients, and to launch new initiatives and funds with great organizations like Acumen, DOEN Foundation, FCDO, Gates Foundation, Shell Foundation, USAID, and many others to combat climate change, scale gender smart approaches, increase access to energy, increase food security, accelerate water access, and improve livelihoods in refugee-hosting communities.
A few 2022 highlights:
Check out our impact report for more detail on these and other case studies below.
We are excited to have scaled our presence, now with team in Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Senegal in addition to our offices in Kenya, Uganda, and Zambia. Our team is now over 150 full-time staff and we are looking forward to continued, exciting growth in 2023 – if you or someone you recommend might be interested in joining us, please take a look at our open opportunities and reach out!
2023 will be a difficult year in many ways and we’re all bracing for it. But it’s also a year with tremendous opportunity to see real change for the better. We’re so excited to work with you to achieve this!
All our best,
Annie & Andreas