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Yes, YOU. We are always looking for new authors that add value. If you have an idea, viewpoint or research that will delight our audience we are keen to hear about it. We are excited to learn about fresh perspectives.

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What we are looking for

Submit a rough draft, or a short pitch (a paragraph or two summarizing your argument and why it matters to our audience) combined with an outline. The more complete your submission is, the better feedback we can give you. We are interested in original content. This means content that has not been published anywhere else (including your own blog).

We want your content to be the best it can be, and we’ll push you to get there. Once accepted you will get feedback and we may ask you to do several revisions before we publish it.

Make sure your submission:

  • has a clear argument and value add
  • is written for an audience of tech-savy game changers and social innovators focusing on Africa
  • is supported with convincing arguments, not just opinions. Fact-check, and cite sources where appropriate.
  • Write short, skimmable paragraphs

Please note that at this point we do not offer any payments for your content. We may, however, be willing to offer links.

What we publish

We will publish anything that we consider being high-quality content that adds value to our audience. This content can include written articles, infographics, case studies and videos.

The topic of your content should fall within the realm of social innovation and/or how technology is being used to solve socio-economic and environmental issues in Africa. This can be anything relating to unemployment, poverty, health challenges, education, crime, agriculture, food security and the environment. In particular, we are interested in how emerging technologies like fintech, machine learning, big data, internet of things, drones and others are being leveraged to provide solutions to pressing challenges.

Make sure you outline the challenge being addressed with some well research quantitative data and show clearly how the social innovation or technology is providing a compelling solution.

Our audience

In order to add value to our audience, you should probably know a bit more about our audience and what they are interested in. Here a brief overview. Our audience is:

  1. ​English speaking
  2. over 50% are between 25-34 years old
  3. over 20% are between 35-44 years old
  4. over 15% are between 18-24 years old
  5. 60% are male & 40% are female
  6. Most of our readers come from: UK, USA, South Africa, Ghana & Kenya.

Audience pain points

Our audience' time is valuable and scarce and that is why we need to provide great value to make their time investment in visiting Rise Africa Rise worthwhile. We can only do this by providing great answers to some of their main pain points:

  • How to amplify the positive impact of a social enterprise in Africa?
  • How to scale a social business sustainably? 
  • How to access influential decision makers in a variety of different organisations (governments, multinational companies, foundations, networks etc.)?
  • How to access patient capital to develop their social enterprises?
  • How to build a great team and where to find the right people?
  • How to use technology to drive social innovation or run their social enterprise?

Examples

If you want to have a look at an example of a guest post read the article by Kofi Yeboah, an alumni from the Amani Institute in Kenya, offering his perspective on what social entrepreneurship is not. This is valuable reading, because there is often the perception that anybody who does some form of "social good" is a social entrepreneur.

As Kofi Yeboah shows this is simply not true and provides good examples of why not. He clearly offers an interesting viewpoint with good reasoning in a language that is easy to understand and consume. That is what we are looking for, because this adds value to our audience.

Another example is Ryan Stewart, who is a digital marketing consultant with over 8 years of experience. Ryan helps Fortune 500 brands grow their online presence and has been featured, among others, on Moz and Search Engine Journal. He currently resides in Miami, where he owns boutique creative agency WEBRIS.

Ryan took the time to share his expertise on how African tech startups can use digital marketing to succeed in their target market. It is a well-written and insightful post packed with actionable tips that anyone can implement.

Digital Marketing in Africa for tech startups
The African continent consists of 53 countries. This means that finding new customers and brand advocates can be a time-consuming[...]

Finally, here is an example of a co-authored guest post on social impact assessment by Kenya based Deepali Gohil from Converge Impact Catalysts and Mutembei Kariuki from the Amani Institute.

It is a value packed post that gives a short introduction to doing social impact assessment. It is perfect for social entrepreneurs who do not know how to get started with this important topic, because the language is easy to understand, the paragraphs are skimmable and the article links to valuable resources for further research.

How will you benefit?

If you believe that thoughts and mindsets shape actions and that actions shape our destiny then we would like to think that by contributing great content, you will influence the thoughts and mindsets of social innovators across our continent and beyond. And by implication, you will have a ripple effect in shaping the destiny of our continent. Remember, it all starts with the right thoughts and beliefs...

We will obviously post your article or case study on our blog. Beyond that, we will regularly share it on our social media profiles like facebook and twitter. And of course, we will share it with our email subscribers who tend to be our most engaged audience. If you want to see samples of our newsletters you can do so here. We count award-winning social entrepreneurs, impact investors, staff from social innovation institutes and MBA students from some of Financial Times top 100 MBA schools globally amongst our subscribers.

How to submit

Send an email to thandie@riseafricarise.com with your documents and explanation.