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LC | New Business Developments in Africa

LC new business developments in Africa



Africa is the continent where business is developing rapidly. In several fields we see new and fast going developments (ICT applications, Agricultural field (seed breeding, irrigations, drone techniques for cultivating crops), Energy and the curse of natural resources). It is worth studying these developments in more detail and find out how this will work out. What will be specific for the African situation and what will be more universal. Besides the new business developments still questions of basic economic development are important. The contrast between fast moving industrial developments and the attempts to set up and start (industrial/economic) development will also be part of the focus in this Learning Community. What can we learn about this contrast and about the two developments in itself: Are there specific answers only for Africa?

We will work on these questions and students have to do an African Experience Activity. You can choose from different kind of activities that will help you to come up with interesting elements for the answers.

For: international 3rd year BSc and MSc students, of all degree programmes
Lecturer(s) involved: Dr. B.J (Bartjan). W. Pennink (coordinator), Prof. Dr. H (Henk) G. Sol
External businesses involved: Industrial and NGO contacts related to new business (ICT applications, Local Economic Development related, Energy (gas)), the Makerere University in Uganda and the Institute of Finance Management in Tanzania

Main benefits

Key learning outcomes:

  • Knowledge about high-tech business developments
  • Learning how to combine knowledge with experiences
  • Cultural sensitivity

Skills covered:

  • Knowledge about entrepreneurship
  • Knowledge about how to apply ICT in business situations
  • Out of the box/open minded thinking
  • Experience with international markets and projects, specifically Africa
  • Writing skills

Schedule & time investment

During this semester we will have three meetings:

  • Friday 22 September, 1.00 - 3.00 pm
  • Friday 27 October, 1.00 - 3.00 pm, and
  • Friday 15 December, 1.00 - 3.00 pm.


The registration for this learning community is open throughout the semester. If you have any questions or for more information, feel free to contact Marjan van Ittersum: Application details: You can sign up and share your motivation using this web form.

Last modified:11 October 2017 11.56 a.m.