MEDA - Eastern, Southern and Central Africa

Ethiopia | Agricultural Transformation through Stronger Vocational Education (ATTSVE)

Ethiopia | Agricultural Transformation through Stronger Vocational Education (ATTSVE)

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ATTSVE Training PhotoMost Agriculture Technical and Vocational Training Colleges (ATVETs) in Ethiopia are located in rural areas and focus largely on competency-based curriculum approaches and outcomes. ATVETs and their students are increasingly interested in practical programming that emphasizes rural economic growth through agriculture and development of the private sector.

Ethiopia | Value Chains for Economic Growth in Ethiopia (VCEGE) / Ethiopians Motivating Enterprises to Rise in Trade and Agri-business (EMERTA)

Ethiopia | Value Chains for Economic Growth in Ethiopia (VCEGE) / Ethiopians Motivating Enterprises to Rise in Trade and Agri-business (EMERTA)

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Despite rapid economic growth during the past decade (averaging 10.8% growth/year) 87% of Ethiopians live on less than USD $2 per day. More than 80% of the population live in rural areas where most households are engaged in small scale, frequently subsistence, agriculture. In 2015 the government of Ethiopia released its second Growth and Transformation Plan which lays out ambitious plans designed to move the country to middle income status by 2025. Agriculture and mining are two sectors of the economy that the government will focus on to drive growth. In order for this growth to have broad, inclusive impact, small-scale producers, particularly women, must have greater opportunity to participate in the economy.

Expanding Access to Supply Chain Finance for SMEs in East Africa (EASE)

Map of study areas showing Kenya Uganda and Tanzania

MEDA's Expanding Access to Supply Chain Finance for SMEs in East Africa (EASE) project with the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) is committed to the improved access to finance in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania by commercializing technology driven supply-chain financing solutions to small and medium enterprise (SME) value chains in East Africa through various banks and financial institutions. 

The project (valued at NOK 29,174,797) will provide technical and financial assistance to MEDA’s implementing partner – Financial Access (FACM), and at least three financial institutions in Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. These institutions will facilitate a collateral-free working capital loan to at least 100 SMEs with a total portfolio of at least USD 10 Million through reverse factor and supply finance solutions. 

Project Quick Facts

Goal: Improve access to finance through implementation of supply chain financing franchise model through local banks and financial intermediaries.
Reaching: 100 small and medium enterprises
Funding: Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)
Project length: January 2019 to December 2021

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Expanding Access to Supply Chain Finance for SMEs in East Africa (EASE)

Map of study areas showing Kenya Uganda and Tanzania

MEDA's Expanding Access to Supply Chain Finance for SMEs in East Africa (EASE) project with the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) is committed to the improved access to finance in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania by commercializing technology driven supply-chain financing solutions to small and medium enterprise (SME) value chains in East Africa through various banks and financial institutions. 

The project (valued at NOK 29,174,797) will provide technical and financial assistance to MEDA’s implementing partner – Financial Access (FACM), and at least three financial institutions in Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. These institutions will facilitate a collateral-free working capital loan to at least 100 SMEs with a total portfolio of at least USD 10 Million through reverse factor and supply finance solutions. 

Project Quick Facts

Goal: Improve access to finance through implementation of supply chain financing franchise model through local banks and financial intermediaries.
Reaching: 100 small and medium enterprises
Funding: Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)
Project length: January 2019 to December 2021

Supporting Documents

 

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Invest East Africa

IEA LogoSmall and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the East African Community benefit from liberalized regional trade but often lack the trade support, information and growth capital to take advantage of these opportunities. MEDA’s Invest East Africa project aims to address these challenges through fundraising and investing up to $40 million USD into SMEs engaged in or having the potential to expand trade in the region and through the creation of a technical assistance facility, which provides Trade Innovation Grants (TIGs) to improve firm capacities to trade within the East African Community.

Kenya | Equitable Prosperity Through Private Sector Development (EPTPSD) / Maendeleo Sawa (M-Sawa)

Kenya | Equitable Prosperity Through Private Sector Development (EPTPSD) / Maendeleo Sawa (M-Sawa)

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While Kenya is generally one of the more developed countries on the Africa content, high levels of inequality and poverty persist, especially in rural areas. Unemployment rates in Kenya are very high at 11%1, with unemployment among youth particularly high at 22.1%2. While many job opportunities exist in Nairobi, limited opportunities exist outside of the capital.

Tanzania | Building an Economically Sustainable Seed System for Cassava in Tanzania (BEST Cassava)

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Cassava is a vital crop for millions of smallholder farmers in Tanzania. Cassava has shifted in status from a survival crop to a staple crop and now to a commercial crop generating an economically sustainable livelihood for farmers which is increasingly crucial to the agricultural transformation in Tanzania. Today, cassava farmers experience low productivity due to the use of low yielding varieties, poor agriculture practices and outbreaks of viral diseases which invest and destroy cassava plantings over large areas.

Tanzania | Enabling Growth through Investment and Enterprise (ENGINE)

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The ENGINE project will increase private sector investment leading to inclusive, broad-based economic growth in the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT). MEDA will be responsible to facilitate the growth and capacity building of a sustainable market for business development service (BDS) providers, resulting in at least 60 BDS providers becoming sustainable. MEDA will support the breadth of BDS services through the development of an eVoucher platform. ENGINE will also employ smart incentives to encourage BDS providers to work with women and youth-owned small-medium entrepreneurs (SMEs). Finally, MEDA will leverage the expertise of 24 North American-based business experts as volunteers in Tanzania.

Tanzania | Strengthening Small Business Value Chains (SSBVC) / Kuza Biashara Sawia

Tanzania | Strengthening Small Business Value Chains (SSBVC) / Kuza Biashara Sawia

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The project aims to contribute to Tanzania’s economic growth and increase job creation by sustainably improving the business performance of small, growing businesses (SGBs) and small entrepreneurs (SEs). MEDA will work with local partners to provide business development services and support market development. MEDA will also help financial institutions improve access to financial services in the extractives, agri-food, logistics, construction, and manufacturing sectors.