The core objectives of the Foundations neither exclusive nor conclusive are;-

  1. Supporting rural African farmers, especially coffee sector with technology, information and good farming practices;
  2. Facilitating partnerships for the transfer and use of appropriate agricultural technologies by small-holder farmers and, in particular, resource-poor farmers;
  3. Developing, arranging and effecting access by small-holder farmers and, in particular resource-poor farmers, to existing agricultural technologies that can be adapted to or for their benefit;
  4. Improving food security – defined by the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation as existing when all people at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life;
  5. To develop funding strategies and development plans for sustainability and project progression for the benefit of the Foundation.

To help the resource-poor and disadvantaged rural and urban populations of Africa catch up with the rest of the world and realise their economic potential the Foundation will address itself through distinct themes in deployment of the objects above

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ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

Economic empowerment for Africa is what Mukao Foundation want’s to achieve because this is the only way that the continent can develop and grow in a sustained manner.

 

The plight of Africa is laid bare in the 2014 Africa Progress Report whose forward was authored by one of Africa’s illustrious sons, late Dr Kofi Annan with GDP less than that of France and half of the continent’s population is in poverty. The continent also has an extremely underdeveloped infrastructure, with 40 billion work hours a year just spent on collecting water. Both business and government can help develop infrastructure and, at Foundation, we want to empower Africa  develop itself through age old African concept of Mukao.

 

It is clear that there are myriad challenges that we have to overcome if Africa is to develop and utilise its workforce. Economic empowerment must be extended to both men and women in order to get the most out of Africa’s entire resources. Businesses and universities within and outside Africa have the power to foster links between themselves and grassroots communities or organisations to help the continent.

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KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER

UK and the rest of the developed world have access to and have benefited from a wealth of knowledge concerning business and societal development.

This knowledge is something that is comparatively lacking in Africa and could make a huge difference to the continent. That is why our second aim is the transfer of knowledge between the developed world and Africa especially the resource-poor.

 

In the developed world, businesses have been operating for hundreds of years as well as exciting new ventures. In addition to being home to hundreds of large multinationals, the developed economies are also thriving places for small businesses, with almost 6 million SMEs. The huge variety of businesses such as in the UK, products and services means that there is a very wide pool of knowledge available for African businesses to take advantage of.

 

As well as the UK, the EU has fantastic expertise and knowledge available. In the EU, there are so many different businesses and experts with knowledge that will be invaluable to the development of African businesses. We want to link Africa to this knowledge pool.

 

Knowledge transfer goes both ways. We want to foster links between businesses and universities world over including those in Africa with African businesses as well as communities for the betterment of both because the prosperity of Africa has multiple effect on the entire world. There are several exciting new businesses appearing all over Africa that have ideas and techniques that organisations in developed economies can benefit from, too.

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APPLIED RESEARCH

At the Foundation, we want to create and foster links between African, UK, EU and rest of world universities in order to promote research transfer between these regions.

Research is the key to technological and societal development so it is essential to develop Africa’s research potential.

 

As well as having a thriving economy for business, there will be access to cutting-edge research thanks to the UK’s array of excellent universities. For example, the UK is home to 12 of the world’s top 100 universities and even takes the two top places. Research is a huge part of the university ranking system so it is clear that the UK has much to offer when it comes to research.

 

EU universities take 23 of the top 100 spots in the list, showcasing the wealth of academic talent available in this region. However, the list features no universities from Africa. This is an enormous disparity and one that has a large impact on Africa’s research ability.

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ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENTS

Technology is key to all development so it is essential that all of the Foundation’s solutions
for Africa’s economic problems make the best use of technology.

We believe in the power of technology to solve the world’s problems so the solutions we promote are all technology-based and driven.

 

Technological development is something that the UK has been both a source and a beneficiary of over the years since the Industrial Revolution. Industrialisation brought
the UK and the rest of the developed world new technological advancements, as
well as incredible wealth and societal development. However, Africa has failed to industrialise on a large scale due to a variety of reasons.

 

Business and entrepreneurship are two driving forces of technological advancement as well as being major recipients of any advances. African entrepreneurs have so much to offer, and by linking them to their UK, EU and developed economies counterparts, we hope to promote technological exchange.

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RESOURCE MOBILISATION

Resources can refer to any number of different things that an organisation needs to function and thrive. These include money, employees and volunteers, among other things.

Resource mobilisation is the process of an organisation making sure that it acquires these resources in order to complete its goals.

At Mukao Foundation, we know how important it is for businesses to practice effective resource mobilisation. In Africa, where GDPs are small, government investment is minimal or non-existent and education is often lacking, the mobilisation of resources can be particularly challenging. That is why we are committed to promoting resource mobilisation.

Resource mobilisation is essential because once an organisation has learnt how to do it effectively; it should mean that it can continue to do the same in the future, leading to sustained and resilient growth.

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DATA DISSEMINATION

In order to have an even bigger impact, we aim to share all of our work and findings through our site. Data dissemination is an essential part of our aims and values because only through sharing information there be collective development.

 

Blog articles and webinars by our team of specialists’ volunteers, as well as guest experts, will offer insight into our work and the impact it has on the organisations we get involved with. We have a variety of blog posts discussing everything, from the work we are doing to news and events that are coming up.

 

Our webinars offer educational, informative and instructional presentations that are aimed at informing those interested in our organisation and providing useful instructions for those already involved.

 

We hope that many will also appreciate our aims and values and become interested in working with us to achieve them. Please get in touch if you wish to become involved in what we are doing.

CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE AND TRANSFER

In order to meet and achieve the wide ranging outcomes outlined above in pursuance of the objectives of the Foundation, Centres of Excellence and Transfer shall be set up with sole purpose of reaching out to the lowest ranks of the populations of Africa starved of modern techniques, technologies and knowhow of means of production in various sectors.

The design below gives the extent and scope of the calibre envisaged which is aimed as meeting point of two extremes.

Furthermore, the centres shall be depositories of mapping out unique assets, attributes and properties of diversity Africa possesses or has to offer the first of which will be Coffee Sensory mapping of Africa.