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The Power of Convening

“When we see each other face-to-face there’s a deeper connection, a deeper inspiration, and a deeper commitment, and that helps us to advance much quicker in critical global themes. The themes we are dealing with today cannot wait.”

– Terry Kinyua, Country Manager, Invest in Africa Kenya

Our inaugural partner gathering brought together more than 70 colleagues in Nairobi to connect and learn from one another. Centred around the theme of ‘reaching rural SMEs,’ attendees shared about their work and vantage points of the ecosystem in sub-Saharan Africa. We asked our partners for reflections on why coming together is important, and here is just some of the wisdom they shared:

Small Foundation believes convening is critical to understanding what is happening in the systems we work within, including common challenges and required changes. We have been delighted to receive feedback that our gathering kindled both relationships and inspiration, and look forward to seeing these sparks nurtured into collaboration.

We appreciate our partners investing this time together with us to build foundations of trust, and believe this investment will better equip us all to work together towards shared goals.

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