We take an intelligence-led approach to strategic development, seeking new insights, testing new methodologies and sharing our learnings as we progress. We connect like-minded partners and stakeholders together to help build critical mass of activity and we also directly manage a range of activities.
Explore: We look internationally for models of sector growth to identify innovations and new technologies that can be used in East Africa.
Scan: We engage in continual data gathering to analyse the changing markets of the region.
Monitor: We amass industry-speciﬁc data to monitor on-going growth trends within our areas of focus.
Catalyse: We deploy a spectrum of market systems tools from direct firm capacity building to facilitating supporting environments for entrepreneurial growth.
Invest: We provide direct investment to pioneer ﬁrms and leverage external funds for rapid acceleration of technology transfer and industry growth.
Bring Market Information: We build consensus for action.
Use market information: We demonstrate opportunities and increase competitiveness among groups of businesses.
Technology transfer: We link industries with expertise, frontier technology and innovation.
Msingi’s work in supporting economic development in East Africa is inspired by leading international organisations who play a pivotal role in transforming local and regional economies. We endeavour to leverage these learnings into on-the-ground practice that best suits the East African context.
Msingi builds close learning partnerships to understand how, at an organisational and industry level, we can play a highly effective role between the public and private sectors.
As an independent organisation, these learnings have informed the way we work, from alignment with governmental policy, development of ever-evolving flexible tools, the deployment of financing instruments, and the provision of technical assistance.
Our strategic intent is to help industries grow employment and income opportunities for the benefit of the people of East Africa. We actively seek positive impact beyond just job and income creation. We pay particular attention to opportunities to promote:
A new chapter for Msingi East Africa
After years of successfully working together as partners with a shared mission of transforming sectors in East Africa, Gatsby Africa, Kenya Markets Trust and Msingi have integrated to become one organisation. Combined, we have a long history operating in East Africa and have worked with governments, development partners and others in the pursuit of sector transformation.
The integrated organisation is a philanthropic entity of Lord David Sainsbury operating across a portfolio of six sectors in East Africa – Commercial Forestry, Aquaculture, Textiles and Apparel, Livestock, Agricultural Inputs and Water. Our consolidated portfolio puts us in a strong position to deliver meaningful levels of impact for millions of people in the region, and strengthens our ability to generate and share our learning with others.
What does this mean for the work that we have been passionately championing over the years? There will be no changes to the focus and modalities of how we work or our shared commitments – our existing programmes will continue to operate and drive transformation as they have always done.
However, we will retain our current Msingi website for a minimum period of six months, so that our knowledge materials are available to you. We shall be moving these over to our new website so that nothing will be lost.
As we launch the integrated Gatsby Africa, we are excited about the opportunities that this integration brings for our people, the sectors we work in and the communities we serve. Coming together allows us to leverage the strengths of the three organisations, unlocks a new world of opportunities for our staff, our sectors, and millions of East Africans.
We are excited about what the future holds and our collective contribution to the region we all believe in and are committed to.