KTN Global Alliance Africa is a six-year project co-funded by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), and with the strategic partnership of Innovate UK to drive networking activities that can help foster long-lasting, strategic partnerships between Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa, the UK and across sub-Saharan Africa. In doing so, it aims to accelerate innovations that promote economic growth and job creation.

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About Global Alliance Africa

Global attempts to address development challenges have undergone a shift in recent years. Whether seeking to create employment opportunities, promote economic growth or reduce poverty, innovation and technology are increasingly viewed as fundamental contributors of solutions to long-term problems. Different players – including the UK government – are taking action.

In August 2018 it was announced that the UK’s ODA spending would be redirected away from away from short-term poverty reduction programmes and toward long-term economic security and innovation partnerships. Global Alliance Africa is a pioneer project within this new aid agenda, looking to enable the already-resounding response across Africa.

With this in mind, Global Alliance Africa has been designed to address two specific initiatives:

  1. The Business Innovation for Development priority within the Innovation and Commercialisation strand of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), as funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
  2. The UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDOAfrica Technology and Innovation Partnerships (ATIP) programme, designed to strengthen networks between the UK and African policymakers, investors, businesses, innovators and other key stakeholders.


Our long-term ambition is to promote job creation, inclusive growth and poverty reduction through knowledge sharing, skills building and opportunities to support businesses and innovations that can deliver scalable impact.

The overall objectives of Global Alliance Africa are to develop stronger UK-African and Pan-African knowledge and innovation networks that lead to mutual socio-economic benefits for African partner countries as well as the UK.

Over the next six years, the project will take a market-focused approach, viewing issues through a pragmatic business lens to:

  • Convene – in helping investors, innovators and governments to connect, the Global Alliance Africa will open new doors for job creation and economic growth in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa.
  • Collaborate – KTN will work closely with other initiatives from the UK Government to ensure a more aligned approach to UK support for innovation in Africa.
  • Enable – by hosting networking and training events, KTN will create opportunities for champions of innovation to share their work with one another. Global Alliance Africa will not only facilitate new connections but will allow them to grow organically.
  • Exchange knowledge – by encouraging sharing and learning, we aim to showcase the latest ideas and best practice in innovation.


Related events: Global Ideas Exchange Event Series: Enhancing Innovative Resilience in Africa - October 2020

19th to 29th October 2020

The Global Ideas Exchange Series is the first in a series of new activities designed to respond to the impact of Covid-19 and support resilience and recovery in African innovation ecosystems. We hope to encourage sharing and learning and aim to showcase the latest ideas and best practice in innovation.

Current Initiatives

Rapid Response to Covid-19

The dramatic spread of Covid-19 has highlighted the critical role that innovation and technology have to play in confronting some of the biggest challenges facing sub-Saharan Africa today.

We are addressing the challenges by developing UK-African and Pan-African knowledge and innovation networks comprising governments, academic institutions, the private sector, innovation hubs, and civil society who together have the necessary resources, insights and knowledge to fast track innovations that respond to the immediate crisis and beyond.

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Related events: Strengthening the Investment Pipeline - February 2021

2nd, 8th and 9th February 2021

The Global Alliance Africa team hosted three fireside chats aimed at discussing some obstacles faced by early stage and late stage investors in deploying capital in Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya. The sessions featured engaging conversations between early and late-stage investors, as well as technical experts and government representatives, working in innovation funding and finance in Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya.

The fireside chats provided a platform for entrepreneurs and fellow investors to raise key questions such as ‘At what stage of a project should you starting approaching investors?’, ‘What mistakes do start-ups make when approaching investors?’ to some of the highest profile investors in Africa, whilst also listening to their experiences and guidance.

The sessions are definitely worth a watch if you are interested in the international investment landscapes. Click on the links below to view the recordings and further information on the Fireside Chat.


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