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Ongoing project

Strengthening of capacities of private sector agencies and NGOs through regional networking and supporting Women and Youth Entrepreneurship (PGTF)

During the last five years UNIDO has supported entrepreneurship development programmes targeting women and youth in agri-businesses in Malawi, Kenya, Eritrea, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe with internal and external donor funding. The approach applied in these programmes included Training of Trainers (ToTs), institutional capacity building and setting up market linkages. Training in technical areas and in business skills, as well as equipment for demonstration and production has been provided to women, including youth.This project constitutes an ultimate phase where UNIDO seeks to build the capacity to set up sustainable business development services (BDS).The objective is to strengthen capacities of private sector agencies and NGOs, and to build cohesion in selected African countries (Botswana, Malawi, Kenya, Eritrea, Tanzania and Zimbabwe), through regional networking of entities/institutions and through the application of 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-businesses.The project will contribute to poverty reduction, through private sector development at the national level, promoting productive activities, building networks and market linkages, and ultimately creating sustainable job opportunities through strengthening the base of WED/YED programmes.

By promoting synergies through regional training and exchanges between national programmes, it is expected that new developments and capacity building will be triggered off at the national level.

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

The project is implemented with the participation of the Perez-Guerrero Trust Fund (PGTF) for Economic and Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries, Members of the Group of 77.

During the last five years UNIDO has supported entrepreneurship development programmes targeting women and youth in agri-businesses in Malawi, Kenya, Eritrea, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. The approach applied in these programmes included Training of Trainers (ToTs), institutional capacity building and setting up market linkages. Training in technical areas and in business skills, as well as equipment for demonstration and production, has been provided to women, including youth.
This project seeks to build the capacity to set up sustainable business development services (BDS).
The objective is to strengthen capacities of private sector agencies and NGOs, and to build cohesion in selected African countries (Botswana, Malawi, Kenya, Eritrea, Tanzania and Zimbabwe), through regional networking of entities/institutions and through the application of 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-businesses.
The project will contribute to poverty reduction, through private sector development at the national level, promoting productive activities, building networks and market linkages, and ultimately creating sustainable job opportunities through strengthening the base of WED/YED programmes.
By promoting synergies through regional training and exchanges between national programmes, it is expected that new developments and capacity building will be triggered off at the national level.

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

The project is implemented with the participation of the Perez-Guerrero Trust Fund (PGTF) for Economic and Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries, Members of the Group of 77.