ABOUT THE AFRICA BUSINESS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP RESEARCH SOCIETY, Inc. (ABERS)
The Africa Business and Entrepreneurship Research Society, Inc. (ABERS) was created in 2012 with support from a grant of the U.S. Department of Education. It is an international and interdisciplinary network of scholars, business professionals, government officials, and members of international organizations and funding agencies. The organization is dedicated to the understanding and advancement of business and entrepreneurship in Africa, in a broad and inclusive sense. Researchers and practitioners from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, and North America come together in annual conferences using French and English as their languages of communication for both conference presentations and journal articles.
WHAT IS OUR MISSION?
Our mission is to promote public understanding of business and entrepreneurship and the contributions business and entrepreneurship make to public affairs and social issues in Africa. This broad and inclusive mission aligns well with our recent Africa Business Conference sessions related to interdisciplinary topics like the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations Agenda 2030
Our scholarly analyses and discussions provide assessments and recommendations on how business and entrepreneurship in Africa can address and respond to multidisciplinary challenges involving economic development, health care, the environment, and social equity listed on the SDG chart. Similarly, our members, in their conference presentations and their articles, frequently address regional and international issues such as globalization and the building of an African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in line with the African Union’s Agenda 2063.
ABERS promotes collaboration among member institutions and a sharing of access to existing networks. Partnerships make up the 17th Sustainable Development Goal of Agenda 2030, and partnerships among universities are inherent in Agenda 2063’s call for an Africa-wide online university. The ABERS Vice President for Partnerships seeks to help develop public and private partnerships with universities. Interdisciplinary and international partnerships are transforming higher education, and collaborations are expanding to make higher education business curricula and research initiatives more international and more interdisciplinary. ABERS brings together English and French-speaking institutions in ways that will prepare the next generation of business leaders. Not only will they need 21st-century technology skills, but business students of this decade will benefit greatly from experiences on international project teams with others whose home institutions function in a language and culture different from their own. ABERS seeks to promote opportunities to collaborate with educators who are preparing the business leaders of the 2030s.