Designed a market-driven BDS fund, requiring participating companies to cover 50% of the cost of the business development services they used.
During the two year project, disbursed the majority of the funds to 66 participating companies to pay for business development services. Ten of the recipients were companies involved in renewable energy.
70 BDS providers in 8 regions attended BDS training programs, as well as executives from business membership organisations and 200 fund applicants.
Ten commercial clean energy enterprises are providing improved renewable energy services.
Ten value chains are stronger as a result of greater quality control, business performance and new linkages among the companies within each value chain.
New job opportunities were created for women.
Designed and managed the $2 million development fund, focusing on businesses in agriculture, food processing, plastics, salt, cosmetics, textiles and garments, tourism, horticulture, furniture, construction and renewable energy. Responsibilities included marketing the fund, supporting businesses to prepare grant applications, selecting and contracting businesses to receive the grants, and monitoring the grant projects’ progress.
Built the capacity of business development service (BDS) providers, including business associations, chambers of commerce and sector organisations, primarily through training programs and on the job mentoring and coaching.