CSI+ is dedicated to getting development right and strongly believes in collective action. Over the years we have been facilitating and promoting meaningful corporate social investment across Africa.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Project Innovates the Vanilla Market in Uganda. CSI+ has designed and is playing a central role in the implementation of a CSR partnership between a major, global flavor company and a local vanilla processing company in Uganda. The innovative project is creating a market for sustainably sourced Ugandan vanilla as well as supporting a series of mutually re-inforcing activities to improve the livelihoods of some of the most impoverished farmers. The project is supported by the Danida Business Partnership.
Designed a "Company Driven Rural Development" Business Model with Continental Forests in Uganda. CSI+ helped design a "Company Driven Rural Development" Business Model together with a Danish forestry investment company and a local Ugandan plantation company focusing on sustainable forestry in the Kikonda forest plantation in Uganda. The design of this model relied heavily on the strong evidence-base available, using an in-depth baseline study conducted in the area a few months prior to the project design. The model focused on ensuring that the project would be catalytic in building a strong foundation for a long term sustainable approach balancing commercial interests, environmental protection and community outreach. The project recently received Danida co-financing as part of the Danida Business Partnerships (DBP).
Assisted South African Breweries (SAB) Miller to identify main gaps in the private sector response to HIV and AIDS in South Africa. This assessment contributed to developing a comprehensive strategy for the private sector’s role in the South African Government’s response to HIV. CSI+ also contributed to developing a high quality and successful proposal from to the Global Fund on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) which has led to the successful distribution of more than 800 000 condoms to taverns in the Tshwane and Odi districts over the last year and a half, using the company’s own beer delivery trucks and extensive distribution network.
Designed and launched Virgin Unite’s philanthropic initiative (Entrepreneurs Unite) in Sub-Saharan Africa. The initiative supports African business entrepreneurs in succeeding in their business endeavors. The services included consultation with prominent business owners within and outside the African continent, identification of African business-entrepreneurs that could serve as role models on the basis of their acumen and success and provision of recommendations for the project roll out.
CSI+ joined business leaders in the Middle East and North Africa to support a new generation of Arab entrepreneurs. The MENA 100 business plan competition is designed to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in the region. A regional jury of business leaders, including CSI+, analyzed project ideas and selected 100 teams to mentor and connect with additional sources of funding. Visit the MENA 100 site to learn more about how this program is inspiring entrepreneurs across the region.