Strengthening of capacities of private sector agencies and NGOs in selected African countries through networking and ECDC/TCDC supporting Women and Youth Entrepreneurship (WED/YED)

Project overview

This 18-month project, which started in April 2008, is being implemented by UNIDO and Perez-Guerrero Trust Fund for Economic and Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries (PGTF). PGTF was established by the Group of 77 (G-77) to support activities and technical cooperation among developing countries in order to achieve national or collective self-reliance, in accordance with development priorities. The Small Industries Development Organisation (SIDO) of Tanzania is the project partner assisting UNIDO in implementation.

The Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) and the Zimbabwe Opportunities Industrialization Centers (ZOIC) are participating in the project. ZNCC is a chamber for small and medium size firms in all sectors of the economy while ZOIC in a local poverty alleviation through productive employment NGO.

The project seeks to contribute to poverty alleviation through private sector development at national levels by promoting productive activities, building effective networks and market linkages, and ultimately creating sustainable job opportunities for women and youth. Participants will, through regional activities access technical training and coaching programmes for promoting competitive agri-businesses as well as technical know-how to support effective national level BDS through the use of UNIDO tools, methodologies and approaches. Regional seminars will be conducted with financial institutions, i.e. commercial banks, industrial banks, micro-credit agencies and SME banks and network representatives to include credit options in BDS.

The first seminar/workshop for participants was held in Dar-es-Salam, Tanzania from 17 to 19 June, 2008. Zimbabwean participants are developing their work plan. The next seminar/workshop is scheduled to take place in Malawi in October 2008.


To strengthen capacities of private sector agencies and NGOs, and to build cohesion in selected African countries (Malawi, Kenya, Eritrea, Tanzania and Zimbabwe), through regional networking of entities/institutions and through the application of Economic and Technical Cooperation among Developing countries (ECDC/TCDC) approaches to support Women and Youth Entrepreneurship Development (WED/YED), for setting up effective business support services (BDS) and essential training and coaching programmes promoting agri-business.

Expected outcome
  1. Regional network alliance of private sector agencies and NGOs for supporting WED/YED, initiated and functioning.
  2. Capacities of private sector agencies and NGOs using ECDC/TCDC approaches for supporting WED/YED, strengthened.
  3. Awareness created and information shared on existing credit options relevant to the participating countries.

Project No

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UNIDO Project Manager

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Area Officer

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Project value

US$ 125,330 to cover the five countries mentioned above