Facebook offers virtual programmes for African SMEs in wake of COVID-19

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In an effort to equip small businesses in Africa with digital marketing skills to help them stay open, connect with and acquire new customers to survive challenges presented by corona virus, Facebook has announced that all its Economic Impact Programmes will be offered virtually.

The company’s Economic Impact Programmes include Boost with Facebook, currently implemented in 11 African countries and targeting over 41,000 small businesses, SheMeansBusiness available in Nigeria, South Africa and Senegal reaching 7,500 participants, Digify Pro offered in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa with 230 participants andAspiring Entrepreneurs Programme which works with 360 participants in Nigeria.

The programmes which will be available virtually from June 23rd 2020 will include 90 minute long Instructor-led live webinar sessions featuring presentations, demonstrations, lectures and virtual discussions. As part of this there will also be Facebook/Instagram Live sessions that will feature business owners, entrepreneurs, and startups who will provide seminars and talks on various topics, with trainers also hosting ‘office hours’ to accommodate questions  asked by participants.  

Commenting on the announcement, Phil Oduor, Policy Programs Manager for Economic Impact and Digital Literacy, Facebook said, “We know that businesses all over the continent, especially small businesses, are experiencing unexpected challenges. These specially curated programmes will provide much-needed support and advice to SMEs looking to build, establish and grow their businesses.”

Facebook remains committed to supporting SME’s across Sub Saharan Africa by offering training aimed at equipping SMEs with vital skills to leverage digital tools to stay in touch with their customers and achieve their business goals in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.