"It takes time to grow the small and large businesses able to create the jobs and income needed. So we must start now. Nothing less will help to achieve the Millennium Development Goals."
Kofi Annan, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations
The Kofi Annan Business Schools Foundation aims to stimulate local entrepreneurship by creating a new generation of innovative and socially responsible entrepreneurs in developing regions through tailor-made and practice oriented study programs.
The goal of the Kofi Annan Business School Foundation is to provide the opportunity for talented and motivated students from developing areas, who do not belong to a privileged class and lack sufficient financial means, to study at and obtain a diploma from one of the associated business schools in Europe.
Upon return to their home countries, this new generation of entrepreneurs can contribute to the strengthening of entrepreneurial capacity and business administration in developing areas as an effective catalyst for economic development, job creation and poverty alleviation.
The initiative is an implementation of the UN Millennium Development Goals project, more directly contributing to the targets of achieving full and productive employment and decent work for all, of integrating the principles of sustainable development, and of developing a global partnership for development in cooperation with the private sector.
The main objective of developing a global partnership for development is capacity building and knowledge exchange in order to come up with innovative business solutions that can contribute to economic growth and poverty alleviation in developing areas.
The Kofi Annan Business Schools Foundation is a joint initiative of the Public Advice International Foundation (PA International), Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School (Vlerick) and Hogeschool Utrecht University of Applied Sciences (HU).
‘Being an entrepreneurial leader requires three things: courage to try something new and push boundaries; resourcefulness in finding solutions; and stamina to do what needs doing. Often leaders must go the extra mile for the defenseless and voiceless who cannot thank or repay. Each of us has unique gifts that come as seed to be nurtured. Just as an apple tree bears apples not for itself but for others, these gifts are given to us but do not belong to us; they are meant for others.’
Berlinda Mkanganwi from Zimbabwe
Kofi Annan Fellow at ESMT (2011)