African Facility for Inclusive Markets

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The African Facility for Inclusive Market (AFIM) is a regional project working to accelerate progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by supporting the development of inclusive, pro-poor markets across Africa.

This project is led by the Regional Bureau for Africa and implemented from the UNDP Africa Regional Service Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. AFIM's particular focus is on the promotion of Inclusive Market Development in Africa through development and expansion of regional value chains in job creating sectors such as agribusiness, tourism, renewable energy, retailing and mining.

AFIM’s inclusive market development strategy seeks to provide poor people with the tools and resources to lift themselves out of poverty through economic growth and development initiatives driven at the regional or country level, in partnership with the African Union, NEPAD, Regional Economic Communities, UNDP Country Offices.

AFIM builds on the work of existing pro-poor national and regional initiatives and serve as a platform for coordinating inclusive growth activities between the the United Nations, public and private sectors. Through targeted interventions, AFIM facilitates knowledge sharing, access to finance, and the dissemination of best practices in inclusive market development with emphasis on creating opportunities for low-income and marginalized groups.

Johannesburg Declaration

This Declaration was adopted at the High Level Public Private Dialogue (PPD), facilitated by the UNDP, on Engaging the Private Sector in Furthering Africa’s Agribusiness and Food Security Agenda on 19 October 2011 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The following organisations participated and supported the PPD:

It's Africa's Time

UNDP has partnered with the South Africa based Regency Foundation to advocate for Inclusive Business in Africa. The TV series "It's Africa's Time" which airs on CNBC Africa showcases how such inclusive business models contribute to sustainable development goals. All episodes can also be watched online, at It's Africa's Time.


Tomas Sales, Manager, Private Sector Regional Programme - African Facility for Inclusive Markets (AFIM), Email:

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Sub-Regional AFIM Weeks and Project Facilitation Platforms:

Three Sub-Regional AFIM Weeks were held:
1. The East African AFIM Week with the East African Community (EAC) in Nairobi, Kenya. See East Africa AFIM Week Report.

2. The West African AFIM Week with the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) in Dakar, Senegal. See West Africa AFIM Week Report.

3. The Southern African  AFIM Week with Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). See Southern Africa AFIM Week Report.

Featured Publications
Realizing Africa's Wealth: Building Inclusive Businesses for Shared Prosperity

This report, prepared by UNDP's African Facility for Inclusive Markets, describes the status of inclusive business in sub-Saharan Africa and the ecosystems underlying the enterprises and entrepreneurs driving such approaches. It identifies promising opportunities in strengthening these ecosystems, enabling enterprises and entrepreneurs to build more – and stronger – inclusive businesses.

Partners in Development - How Donors Can Better Engage the Private Sector for Development in LDCs

This report, prepared by United Nations Global Compact, UNDP and Bertelsmann Stiftung, provides concrete advice how donors and development partners can better engage the private sector for development in the least developed countries. The report provides examples of different collaboration approaches, donor programs and promising approaches for the public sector and private sector to join forces behind a common goal to enable wider development impact.