Africa is not a country
It is a continent, home to 54 different independent countries with more than 2000 languages and 3000 distinct ethnic groups.
Understanding local customs, sensibilities and complexities and having access to on-the-ground experts is key when doing business in Africa.
With Afriwise, we have created a space where access to local expertise meets a passion for global excellence.
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We are an innovative organisation providing Sub-Saharan Africa focused consulting and advisory services to companies, governments, project promoters, entrepreneurs and development organisations.
Our mission is
- to offer a wide portfolio of relevant solutions and services to organisations, governments and communities, which address trends, changes and challenges in key countries in Sub-Saharan Africa;
- to provide clients with access to real knowledge of local customs, practice and language, and in this process,
- to provide thought leadership for change towards sustainability.
In our offices in Johannesburg, South Africa, we have a unique team of dynamic, dedicated and like-minded individuals, bringing together many years of experience in different parts of Africa as well as a variety of skills and expertise.
In addition, we have created the Afriwise community which brings together the finest local professionals, experts, advisers and consultants based in the African countries where our clients are active, enabling us leverage of their expertise and knowledge when advising our clients. Unlocking the potential of experts based in several African countries to collaborate productively on pressing problems is the power of the Afriwise innovation.
We also use our resources (team, Afriwise community, relationships and reputation) to deploy funding for starting entrepreneurs and SMEs in Africa and to support and accelerate their growth.
OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES
We believe that the key to success for Africa lies in the identification of shared interests of the three founding components of society, being private sector, public sector and local communities. Sure, the immediate aspirations of these societal components often differ but we believe that creativity and leadership can bring about long-term solutions with shared benefits agreeable to all. Aiming to bring about consensus through continuous dialogue is at the heart of how we operate.
We respect the uniqueness of each African jurisdiction and of its opportunities and challenges. Our focus is not to make standard models work in these unique environments but rather to adapt existing models and to create new ones in which ‘uniqueness’ is integrated.
Afriwise consult is the first professional services firm in Africa to concentrate its entire delivery model on the ability to assist our clients properly with advice that is genuinely tailored to situations and local environments, and all this through collaboration.
The design and implementation of our service model are grounded in the understanding that our advice must be implementable and fit into the local environments in which our clients operate.
We value integrity and ensure that the people we work with do the same, because we believe in honesty and are convinced that taking shortcuts affects a project’s viability in the long run.
We understand the challenges of running a business in environments with a different ‘business culture’, but we have seen that challenging the status quo can change mindsets.
Having been confronted, as business lawyers, tax advisers, risk advisers, bankers and development specialists, with the challenges and complexities of doing business in over 40 African countries, we decided to join forces and combine our knowledge, skills, expertise and unique backgrounds for the benefit of our clients.
Afriwise consult is a truly Sub Saharan Africa focused multi-disciplinary advisory firm, having the specialists required to provide expert advice and deliver optimal results to ensure that our clients’ ventures on the African continent are a success.
We are with our clients on every step of their project:
- we provide you all relevant information at the outset,
- we assist you with structuring,
- we help you manage your venture and deal with issues that arise,
- we help you manage your exposure and liabilities,
- we help you grow, expand and diversify.
In order to service our clients best, we created the Afriwise community so that we can call upon local expertise, knowledge, language capabilities and cultural affinity of local experts throughout Africa for the benefit of our clients.
We work in English, French, Dutch, IsiZulu, Lingala, Nyanja and have a basic knowledge of Kiswahili.
DISCOVER OUR CONSULTING SERVICES
We offer a wide range of services to clients active in Sub Saharan Africa, aiming at overcoming country specific challenges they are confronted with.
OUR DELIVERY MODEL
Our operational structure is designed around our client’s projects – effective delivery is our main goal. We really made relationship management and delivery of your project the core of our operational structure.
We propose the team, project methodology, key deliverables and pricing methodology, to you, for your input and approval.
Now the project coordinator assumes full authority over your project execution and the delivery by each of the team members. The experts who are part of the team are always clear about their individual roles and responsibilities.
We deliver on time and within budget. We review constantly, together with you, the performance of the project coordinator and each of the team members based on criteria that include client satisfaction, timeliness, budget control and team spirit.
We analyze your project requirements, provide detailed scoping and evaluate the assignment to make sure the project meets our mission and the partnership is a good fit.
We carefully choose our team consisting of a project coordinator and a tailored team of experts from within the Afriwise consult and Afriwise com talent pools, whose combined experience ensures a complete integration of your project’s requirements.
Throughout the duration of the assignment, our project coordinator works hand-in-hand with you and can be positioned as a single point of contact; even managing the relationship with your other external service providers where necessary.
MEET OUR TEAM
Our senior staff members have backgrounds with top professional services firms and international companies as well as the pragmatism born of experience in doing business in Sub Saharan Africa. They are committed, energetic, and adaptable. Our core team combines legal, regulatory, financial, tax, economic, risk, CSR and management capabilities. This unique combination and the fact that our consultants always team up with top local experts of the Afriwise community, allow for a complete approach to solutions for our clients and enable us to deliver great projects.