Since its launch in 2021, Africa FAN has worked with more than 300 international fashion brands and retailers to understand their sourcing interests in and requirements of African suppliers. Detailed information on the production capacity, product categories, equipment and certification of more than 90 manufacturers in Ethiopia, Ghana, Morocco and Senegal has been collected, prepared and made available to international sourcing managers of fashion brands. This database makes it possible to provide customised scouting services, manage the communication about product and pricing information, and facilitate the exchange of technical pack and samples. On the supplier side, a dedicated local support programme has been implemented in Ghana, focusing on production efficiency and environmental sustainability.
Through the Africa FAN network, textile samples were exchanged between Europe and Africa. The first successful business linkage resulted in the launch in April 2022 of a Franco-Ghanaian fashion line under the Panafrica brand, which includes organic cotton T-shirts, jackets and trousers. Looking ahead, Africa FAN will continue to build on its solid base of local information and relationships with international sourcing managers. New virtual factory tours will be created to showcase manufacturers in other of the Network’s countries. The Network itself will also expand, with textile manufacturers in Côte d’Ivoire set to be included.
Africa FAN is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH within the framework of the Special Initiative "Decent Work for a Just Transition" of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and in partnership with United Nations International Trade Centre (ITC).