We achieve our goals by working with established and high-impact organizations whose missions align with ours.
Although the ACA Foundation was created to broaden the nation-building work of its founding partners, the ultimate selection of implementation partners for various projects is by invitation only and is according to strict guidelines that ensure effective and efficient use of our limited resources. We work closely with the following partner organizations and provide both financial and strategic support where necessary.
Apostles in the Marketplace (AiMP)
The AiMP network was established in 2003 by a small group of Christian professionals committed to making a lasting impact on society. AiMP’s founding objective is to help individuals in their personal transformation leading to transformation at all levels of society. The ACA Foundation lends support to AiMP’s key leadership team and several ACA executives are involved in the organization’s leadership projects.
Enactus Nigeria was founded in 2000 and provides a platform for teams of outstanding university students to create community development projects that put the ingenuity and talent of our youth at the core of their capacity to improve their livelihoods. Enactus teams work through the year to design their projects. At the end of the year, each team presents their annual report and projects to a panel of top business/corporate leaders at the Enactus Business Challenge (Annual National Competition). The ACA Foundation was the main sponsor of the final round competition of the 2017 Enactus Nigeria National Competition.
FATE Foundation was founded in 2000 and provides aspiring, emerging and experienced entrepreneurs with training, knowledge, and information on how to start, grow and sustain their businesses. The ACA Foundation is the sole sponsor of the FATE Agribusiness Accelerator Pilot program, designed to provide training and financial support to early-stage, high-potential and growth-driven agribusinesses over a 3-6 month period.
Junior Achievement of Nigeria (JAN)
JAN was founded in 1999 with the mission to instill one million primary and secondary students in Nigeria with the necessary entrepreneurial mindset and civic values through economic education programs by the year 2020.
Since 2001, ACA Foundation has supported the Venture in Management Programme (ViMP), a program designed to introduce high-performing members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to rigorous management education to adequately prepare them for the workplace.
Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) and other Public Sector Initiatives
First convened by Chief Shonekan in 1993, the NESG is the largest public-private sector partnership in Nigeria. Its purpose is to assess and implement pathways for national development. It is supported by various private and public sector leaders in Nigeria, including ACA co-founders Dick Kramer, Pascal Dozie and Mohammed Hayatu-Deen. Over the years, ACA partners have continued and still support the NESG through public-sector initiatives such as the Petroleum Industry Bill, the Pension Commission Reform and several ministry initiatives including the Ministry for Information and Communications Technology. The foundation also sponsors the NESG Private Sector Development and Cooperation (PSDC) for Public Impact Program, an initiative intended to formulate and push policies affecting the business environment.
African Leadership Academy (ALA)
ALA, founded in 2007 in South Africa, is a pan-African academy with the objective to identify, develop, and connect the next generation of African leaders. It admits 100 outstanding secondary school students across Africa every year and immerses them in rigorous leadership development and entrepreneurial programs before placing them at top universities worldwide. In the past, the foundation has sponsored outstanding Nigerian students and an ACA executive sits on the academy’s Global Advisory Council.
African Leadership Institute of West Africa (ALIWA)
ALIWA originated from the Africa Leadership Initiative in 2006. Its main objective is to develop the next generation of community-spirited leaders in Africa and help them to meet the challenges of corporate and civic leadership in the 21st century. ALIWA fellows are men and women between the ages of 30 and 45, successful in their fields, both in the public and private sector, and committed to promoting values-based leadership. The foundation is a sponsor of the ALIWA class of 2015/2016 and sits on the organisation’s Board of Directors.
Center for Research in Leadership and Ethics (CRLE)
CRLE was founded in 2013 with the aim to positively influence the Nigerian and African environment through knowledge creation (research) and dissemination in the area of leadership and ethics. The ACAF has sponsored CRLE’s research and events including its 2017 Agribusiness Industry Breakfast Meeting, which explored the role of high ethical practice in improving the overall competitive advantage of businesses operating in the Agriculture sector.
Government College Umuahia (GCU)
GCU is an all-boys secondary school founded in 1929, which recently became the first public school in Nigeria to be transferred to private ownership through a trust. The trust known as the Fisher Trust is working to restore the school as a citadel of excellence and to ensure it receives proper management and sustainable funding going forward. The ACA Foundation is rendering financial and strategic support to GCU’s leadership team.
Harvard Business School Alumni Association of Nigeria (HBSAN)
Registered in 1983 and founded by Dick Kramer, Chief Shonekan and other HBS alumni, the HBSAN was created to serve as a network capable of interfacing with the government. Soon it would become a valuable resource for the eventual take-off of valuable initiatives including the Nigerian Economic Summits, ‘Vision 2010’, the NESG, and the Nigerian Vision Foundation.
Since formally entering into partnership with HBSAN, ACA Foundation has invested in reviving HBSAN’s membership to support leadership excellence and entrepreneurship in Nigeria through its ethical leadership series, business plan competitions, mentoring circles and support for entrepreneurs in all sectors of the economy. ACA Foundation partner, Dick Kramer, serves on the Board of Trustees and several ACA executives are involved with the Private Equity Mentor Circle.
Lagos Business School (LBS) and Pan-Atlantic University (PAU)
LBS was founded in 1991 to offer management courses relevant to the Nigerian business environment with a view to creating a world-class management education institution.
In 1996, LBS began a joint Executive MBA programme with IESE Business School, Barcelona and received federal government approval to establish a Pan-Atlantic University in January 2002.
By 2007, LBS had consolidated its status as Nigeria’s only premier business school, ranking among the top 50 business schools globally, according to the Financial Times.
ACA founders Dick Kramer, Chief Shonekan, Pascal Dozie and Okey Enelamah have held teaching positions and served on the board of LBS, with Mr. Dozie still Chairman of PAU Foundation Trustees. The ACA Foundation also sponsors scholarships for financially needy students in the undergraduate arm of the Pan-Atlantic University.