SMEs, micro-enterprises and start-ups are at the core of economic transitions in Africa: they create jobs, offer access to new goods and services, and bring forward innovative solutions to local challenges. Both the public and private sector have a role to play to stimulate local ecosystems of entrepreneurs and local innovators in order to create new market dynamics and opportunities.


Orange is one of the largest operators of mobile and internet services in Europe and Africa and a global leader in corporate telecommunication services.

Orange places human development at the heart of its strategy and believes in win-win collaborative approaches to turn digital transformations into development opportunities.

The Orange for Development approach is based on three pillars:

  • network coverage and connectivity to increase accessibility for all, including the rural population;
  • value-added services targeted to the needs of different population groups in the fields of health, education, agriculture, financial services, mGovernment, designed through local co-construction and partnership processes;
  • development of local innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Instead of supporting single projects, Orange has opted for an ecosystem approach: we support organisations working with entrepreneurs such as incubators, accelerators, or venture funds. We work in multi-partner coalitions with other companies, governments, and civil society to multiply the impact of our support. Our main goal is to empower local actors, provide the necessary framework conditions for local innovation, experimentation and for the co-construction of autonomous, (financially) sustainable structures. We are looking for a financial equilibrium, rather than for revenues: The incubators we support usually cover their own running costs after 4-6 years.

Our responsible commitment:

At Orange, we believe that digital innovation is a powerful tool for economic and social development. To enable people to progress, it must be available to everyone. For us, the main issue isn’t about technology; it’s about putting people at the heart of it.

Contribute to economic and social development:

Orange serves 263 million customers in 29 countries across Europe, Africa and the Middle East, actively participating in the socio-economic development of each of our operating countries. Our broad footprint means we have a strong responsibility with clear objectives: to make digital technology a catalyst for everyone’s progress.

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