Editorial of Rémy Rioux, Chief Executive Off ...

Social innovation is at the heart of the mission of the French Agency for Development. It promotes inclusion and the fight against inequalities. It encourages open source approaches and eases transversality and agility. It invites dialogue with a broad spectrum of stakeholders to address the issues and challenges of the people in collective intelligence. This is what prompted us to launch the Social Business Camp, an acceleration program for entrepreneurs with positive societal impact. Focused on Africa as a whole, this boost camp will be led by speakers from all walks of life. Whether you are an entrepreneur or an intrapreneur, you will be empowered to scale up your project. In addition to the funding it provides (€ 9.4 billion in 2016), the French Agency for Development supports and advises its partners in more than 100 countries on five continents and has a recognized experience in support and engineering training in development.

The Social Business Camp seeks to boost the dynamics of the emergence of privately initiated projects that pursue both a goal of economic return and the generation of strong social and environmental impacts on their communities.

Because we are convinced that solutions need to be built together in collective intelligence, through open innovation. Because each one of us is an essential link in collective action to build a world in common.

Rémy Rioux, Chief Executive Officer of the French Agency for Development (AFD)