November 2017: BMS as an incubator for innovative ideas

Our social innovation initiative won the "Female Innovators Prize 2017"! This is the second award for our concept and it encourages us to continue developing it further and establish it officially within the coming months. As a reminder: Afara Academic Publishing (AAP) aims at publishing peer-reviewed research papers from Africa and the Middle East online, while enabling researchers from these regions to earn an income and collaborate with others in order to start new projects, businesses and associations. The overall goal is to further develop a knowledge economy that creates life perspectives and enhances the quality of academic institutions in Africa and the Middle East. Furthermore it promotes information about it from a genuine, first-hand perspective.

Oktober 2017: The Free University of Berlin (FU Berlin) is now official partner of Afara Academic Publishing

The Free University Berlin is the official partner of Afara Academic Publishing. The FU central library supports Afara with regards to content and technical realization.

Afara Academic Publishing moves to its own domain. You can by now use the following domain to stay updated:

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August 2017: Afara/Business Makes Sense will participate in the Hamburg Sustainable Development Summit

Simon will travel to Hamburg in order to get in touch with participants of the summit who might be interested in supporting or cooperating with us. We look forward to his feedback from the summit and will let you know about it.

August 2017: Shakti Entrepreneurs - Proposal submission

We handed in a funding proposal for the new project "Shakti Entrepreneurs" to the foundation "Umverteilen!" and asked for support (10.000 EUR). We also published it on Please donate or support us by linking us up with interested supporters. (For more info, check "Projects" on this website)

June 2017: Afara - Winner of the FU Profound Innovation Competition!

We were awarded the 3rd place at the Research to Market Challenge competition with Afara Academic Publishing! So happy about it!

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