COVID Business Survival Kit

An interactive session to get insights on the Global & Regional outlook, emerging issues and how to make a business recovery plan in the face of Covid-19.

How businesses can use scenarios to plan for resilience during the Covid-19 crisis.

"Emergent strategy will give room for new businesses with fresh ideas" Dr. Fred Ogola of Strathmore  Business School

Alex Ndegwa, a Corporate Lawyer and Strathmore Law School Alumnus, addresses the question on how to mitigate potential liabilities that could accrue from the various legal obligations.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has impacted the ability of businesses around the globe to maintain operations and fulfill existing contractual obligations. In just a matter of days, the World Health Organization (“WHO”) declared COVID-19 a pandemic. What does this mean for employers and their employees? According to the UK Ghana Chamber of Commerce (UKGCC), the answer is in the laws applicable to both parties as stated in employment contracts. #Employmentcontracts #Employmentlaw

Despite the shock to businesses across the world due to coronavirus, some small businesses have flourished. Innovative technological solutions are now welcome to the business world. Are you a business owner who is creating business solutions for risk control and success mitigation? Action Against corona has created a spreadsheet where you can advertise your business solutions. See here. #BusinessDevelopment #ActionAgainstCorona #BusinessResponse 


Many businesses are currently adjusting to working from home and it has become especially important to ensure you and your employees are cyber safe. Global consulting firm McKinsey & Company suggests 4 strategic principles that can help companies ramp up their cybersecurity measures in a bid to protect confidential company information as well as promote business continuity. #Cybersecurity #WFH #COVID19 

Decisions to respond to COVID-19 within the workspaces/businesses are global. Does your workplace have a pandemic preparedness plan? The World Health Organization has prepared a in-depth guide on how you can ensure you are prepared for the current crisis as well as future crises. #WorkingFromHome #WFH #Crisispreparedness 

Governments around the world are taking decisive steps to limit the human and economic impact of COVID-19. Many countries have taken extraordinary monetary and fiscal policy measures. The National Treasury of Kenya is taking steps to pass a tax amendment bill. RSM Eastern Africa LLP & RSM (Eastern Africa) Consulting Ltd has provided an analysis of the draft bill ahead of the bill being passed by and signed into law by the President. See their analysis here. We will share the official bill once it is passed. #TaxAmendment #IncomeTax #GoK #COVID19 

At the State House on 25th April 2020, the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta signed into law the Tax Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020. The new tax law amends several statutes to cushion the economy and Kenyans against the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. To read more go hereTaxAmendment #IncomeTax #GoK #COVID19 


The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating the changes that are reshaping various industries. Global management consulting firm Ernst & Young has prepared different scenarios that show the effect of COVID-19 on the markets of different industries on a global scale.  #IndustryReport #Global #COVID19Impact  

COVID-19 has affected businesses globally with many industries having to pivot to promote business continuity and development. According to Sinapis, an SGB accelerator, there are 10 areas businesses can innovate in to foster resilience during crisis. #BusinessInnovation #BusinessResponse 

The COVID-19 pandemic has been defined in 5 stages (Resolve, Resilience, Return, Reimagination, and Reform) which span from the crisis of today to the next normal that will emerge after the battle against coronavirus has been won:​

​As we prepare to enter the 3rd stage of Return, the Resilience and Reinvention during and post-COVID webinar is designed to ensure your solid preparedness for a resilient re-emergence after the COVID-19 pandemic and enable you to reinvent yourself out of the pandemic and to thrive in any season in the future. ​

The International Monetary Fund has designed a policy tracker across governments that summarizes the key economic responses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tracker is not meant for comparison across members, as policy responses vary depending on the nature of the shock and country-specific circumstances. The tracker focuses on discretionary actions that supplement existing social safety nets and insurance mechanisms. See the responses of all countries including Kenya, Ghana, Senegal, and Mauritania here. #IMF #Governmentpolicies #Globa

This webinar is specially designed to support Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Retailing, Manufacturing and Agribusiness to overcome supply chain disruptions in the context of today’s realities.​

The objectives of the webinar was:

  1. To enable you to adapt to the realities of a COVID-19 world  and risk management. ​

  2. To enable you minimize supply chain risks and overcome supply chain disruptions while looking at third party issues.​

  3. Navigate on dynamics and decision-making process on the supply chain disruptions ​

This webinar is intended to heighten our  awareness of the risk for fraud and misconduct that might occur inside an organization during this period , as a result of, the crisis we are in . ​Reality of fraud  is ,it often hits when we least expect. In  this period of economic hardship and significant organizational change the environment has created the ‘perfect storm' for fraud ​

This webinar is intended to enable you:​

  1. To embrace change and thrive in the new normal.​

  2. To recognise and overcome limiting Mindsets, to move your business to the next level.​

  3. To reprogram your mind for growth.

The objective of the profit first webinar is to help you:​

  1. Gain knowledge to support your business survival during and post COVID-19​

  2. Understand how to develop a system for building your business in a sustainable way for long term success ​

This is one of the IIA Webinar Series, which was held on 23rd July 2020 in partnership with BIDCO Africa to share insight to farmers on the needs of a large buyer, quality business management and how to handle logistics.

The Masterclass was designed to help business Leaders of Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to look beyond their short-term survival and consider the full range capabilities of their enterprises as they build back better.

nvest in Africa and Mastercard Foundation Masterclass Series designed for business Leaders in to explore the strategies for fostering businesses' growth during and post the pandemic

Invest in Africa and MasterCard Foundation Masterclass, designed for entrepreneurs and business leaders to explore insights on the risks SMEs are facing in the new business environment occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic and a framework on how these risks can be mitigated.

WORKING CAPITAL is the difference betweencurrent assetsand current liabilities.Practically speaking, it is the daily, weekly and monthly cash requirement for the operations of a business.

This presentantion covers the following areas: Introduction to fraud risk, why fraud exists in SMEs and MSMEs, Global Profile of a fraudster, Red flags to identify fraud risk early, Asset Misappropriation Fraud highest fraud risks for
SMEs, How to control Asset misappropriation for SMEs, Seven (7) facts to remember about fraud.

This presentation looks at : Enterprise response, How to plan respond, EY 7 Drivers of .Growth

WORKING CAPITAL is the difference betweencurrent assetsand current liabilities.Practically speaking, it is the daily, weekly and monthly cash requirement for the operations of a business.

IIA Webinar Series, specially designed for youth and women in agribusiness to explore opportunities in the Sunflower and Bee-keeping value chains. The virtual session was be facilitated by John Kariuki, Agribusiness Development Lead at BIDCO AFRICA LIMITED KENYA.

IIA Virtual Masterclass tailored for women in business to understand the value of ESG and gender diversity for business response and recovery from COVID-19

#IIAMasterclass aimed at giving entrepreneurs and business leaders of SMEs, an overview of the available funding sources, based on the various sectors they operate in.
Building SMEs resilience to disasters requires an all-of-society approach and it is for this reason that IIA organized a Dialogue Series to engage with partners and SMEs to create a culture of risk management and strengthen support in the development and implementation of Comprehensive Disaster Management Programs at the SME level. This first session was aimed at laying a foundation for the dialogue series by enhancing the understanding of disasters and risks.
IIA Masterclass on Strategies for Customer Acquisition and Retention. The Class was facilitated by Frank Mwiti, Eastern Africa Markets Leader at EY Africa, and it shared insights on the best strategies for SMEs to win new customers and sell more to existing customers. It also highlighted how these businesses can use Customer Relationship Management Systems to analyze and improve on interactions with current and potential customers.
#IIAMasterclassSeries, designed for SMEs and MSMEs to understand how to use digital and social media presence to enhance relationships with key stakeholders. The Masterclass highlights social media marketing tactics for these businesses to prioritize when under a tight budget as well as practical and easy to use tools to execute digital marketing strategies and monitor progress.
IIA and Mastercard Foundation Masterclass, tailored for agribusiness enterprises aiming to join the export market by understanding the requirements, procedures, and regulations for export. #SMEagriExport
This Masterclass is designed for SMEs to understand the budgeting process and how they manage their cash flow effectively #IIAMasterclass #SMEbudgeting
This masterclass aims to enhance the awareness of Youth-led SMEs on existing and new opportunities in the agricultural value chain and how the youth can access opportunities. #IIAmasterclass on #Agribusiness4Youth

Foreword The Horticulture Import/Export policy of Kenya must be of a competitive and facilitativenature in order to nurture local enterprises and enable them to compete globally with the ultimate goal of stimulating greater economic activity. Challenges in international trade are common due to market uncertainties, compliance requirements, political turmoil, changing requirements in procedures and documentation to mention but a few.

This manual is therefore developed with the aim of addressing the necessary legal, market and statutory requirements for export and import of horticultural produce in and out of Kenya. It is intended to give a quick overview to exporters or importers of horticultural products on the minimum requirements from the different government agencies involved in Horticulture.

Invest in Africa (IIIA) and International Coaching Federation (ICF) Business Growth Coaching Session designed for SMEs to understand the importance of Coaching in strengthening their business capabilities and growth.

A mentorship session aimed at enhancing peer-to-peer interaction and learning by highlighting the experience of peer Entrepreneur Business Leaders in navigating the COVID19 pandemic. It outlines useful approaches in leading in times of crisis and best practice in building leadership and enterprise resilience

This is an IIA Masterclass Series virtual session for Youth and SMEs in the agricultural value chain to learn how to access financing opportunities to operationalize their businesses. The session involves a dialogue with agricultural value chain industry experts, highlighting public and private sector initiatives to avail financial support to agricultural-startups

The session– themed “INVESTING IN DISASTER RISK FOR RESILIENCE” brought together public and private stakeholders to dialogue on SME disaster risk resilience. It highlighted best practices and learning from countries where disaster-risk investment has contributed to SME resilience. The dialogue aimed at aligning on actions to increase investment in SME Disaster Risk Resilience, including capacity development in the SME entrepreneurial ecosystem. It also Identified investment opportunities to strengthen SME disaster resilience, in collaboration with the public and private sector.

This session Followed the second edition of the IIA SME Dialogue Series, to engage the panelist on the issues arising from the dialogue and address the questions the participants had on the subject. Among the subjects being discussed are; partnering for risk informed SMEs and outreach and knowledge for resilience.

This is to notify you that, The Ministry of East Africa Community and Regional Development Department of Business Reforms and Transformation supported by the UK- Kenya Tech Hub successfully developed a Local Business Regulatory Guide toolkit to help businesses navigate the regulatory environment in Kenya. The business regulatory toolkit follows the journey of entrepreneurs from;

1. Business idea

2. launching

3. Managing

4. Scaling

The tool-kit provides key regulatory information and government support available at each stage in an accessible manner with infographics, videos.

Sustainability means meeting our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.1
  • Covers natural, social and economic resources needs
  • Embeds environment, health, social equity and economic development

A virtual masterclass aimed at empowering business leaders/owners to place their businesses on the path for long term growth and development. The class is facilitated by Reshma Shah, the CEO at InteStrat Services Ltd and a Partner at Kina Advisory. She shares important insights on how SMEs can promote key business drivers by integrating suitability in their strategies. #SMEsustainability

Online Marketing is now becoming the go for many businesses especially with Covid-19 causing profound socio-economic shifts that have necessitated many consumers to source goods and services online. How can you leverage on social media to rev up your customer reach? This Session outlines how business leaders/owners can use LinkedIn and other social media channels to enhance client base while retaining the existing ones.

This was a virtual class held in partnership with the International Coaching Federation (ICF), aimed at demystifying coaching and understand its impact as a tool for recovery and building back better, both for the individual business leader and for the enterprises. It also presented coaching opportunities available for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME)

This is a follow class for SME Disaster Risk Resilience Dialogue. It highlights the current vulnerability of businesses to cyber threats and the importance of building resilient ICT systems as a way addressing cyber security risks.

As a business leader, you will be required to understand the various business legal issues, including tax laws. This #SMELegalClinic discusses Tax and Business contracts laws, specifically highlighting current and emerging trends in taxation and the available tax cushioning mechanisms.

Every entrepreneur wishes to enhance revenue generation. Leveraging on Technological advancements to implement innovative ideas is one of the most reliable ways of increasing income. This virtual Masterclass, delivered in partnership with Mastercard Foundation, Ubunifu College and Vuma Global-Women Network, discusses how business leaders can boost income by innovating using technology.