The Pharo Foundation (the ‘’Foundation”) is a privately-funded entrepreneurial organisation that runs philanthropic programmes as well as for-profit social enterprises. The vision of the Foundation is an economically vibrant and inclusive Africa. The mission is to achieve this visi... read moreon by investing in the human and physical capital of Africa, with an emphasis on job creation.
Established in 2011, The Foundation has been implementing numerous programmes in Ethiopia and Somaliland and is in the process of expanding into Rwanda and Kenya. The strategic pillars of the Foundation are education, health, water, and agriculture. An example of a project is a girls’ boarding school in Western Ethiopia which provides secondary education for 240 pupils and is fully funded by the Foundation. Another is a large-scale water project in Somaliland that will soon bring water to 6,000 households and their livestock.
In 2020, the Foundation also established Pharo Ventures, its wholly owned social enterprise arm in East Africa. Pharo Ventures has already embarked on a series of ambitious businesses in Somaliland and Ethiopia in the construction and agro-processing sectors, and is about to launch its first Kenyan venture.
Headquartered in London, the Foundation has an operational HQ in Nairobi, Kenya with country offices in Ethiopia (Addis Ababa and Assosa), Somaliland (Hargeisa), and Rwanda (Kigali).