MEDA - West Africa / MENA

Ghana | Farmers' Economic Advancement Through Seedlings – FEATS

Ghana | Farmers' Economic Advancement Through Seedlings – FEATS

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FEATS 01Ghana’s tree crops subsector accounts for a substantial 16% of GDP (US$4 billion) and sustains over 1.6 million families. Cocoa alone contributes 11.5% to GDP and nearly one-third of the country’s foreign exchange earnings. (All 2013 data - latest available)

Ghana | Greater Rural Opportunities for Women (GROW)

Ghana | Greater Rural Opportunities for Women (GROW)

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Ghana-MarketGhana has emerged as one of Africa's economic success stories with steady economic growth during the past two decades, particularly in its agriculture and mining sectors.

Jordan | Jordan Valley Links: Enterprise Development for Women and Youth in the Jordan Valley

Jordan | Jordan Valley Links: Enterprise Development for Women and Youth in the Jordan Valley

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jordan valley olivesPhoto by: Amer Swedan, RENAS Women Cooperative (Food processing – Olives) – Project Funded by Gender Social Fund (CIDA) Jordan is of great geo-political significance in the Middle East and is considered a ‘pocket of peace’ in a region that is otherwise highly unstable – both politically and economically. The Jordanian economy suffers from structural unemployment and weak labour market governance.

Jordan | USAID Jordan Local Enterprise Support (LENS)

The USAID Jordan Local Enterprise Support Project (LENS) encourages the long-term economic growth and development potential of underserved Jordanian communities. It brings local governments, business owners, and key community groups to collaborate together on initiatives that will boost economic development and create jobs in their communities.

Libya | Libya Economic Empowerment

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In Libya, business support networks for entrepreneurs in general, and for youth entrepreneurs in particular, are weak. As a result, promising entrepreneurs in need of mentoring, access to finance, and improved general business acumen are failing to commercialize good ideas and to develop job-creating businesses at a time of heightened economic fragility in the country.

Nigeria | Youth Entrepreneurship and Women's Empowerment (WAY)

Nigeria | Youth Entrepreneurship and Women's Empowerment (WAY)

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Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and MEDA are supporting 16,000 small scale businesses and entrepreneurs, particularly those run by women and youth, to improve their business performance and the business
environment in the agricultural sector in Bauchi state. The project will also aim to increase communities’ awareness on the issues of early and forced child marriage with 25,000 community and family members in Bauchi state.Girls Nigeria WAY

Nigeria | Youth Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Access and Development Project (YouLead)

Nigeria | Youth Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Access and Development Project (YouLead)

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Nigerian-YouthYouth Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Access and Development Project (YouLead) is a four-year project undertaken in collaboration with Cuso International to promote youth employment and entrepreneurship in natural resources sectors of agriculture, forestry, ecotourism and aquaculture in Cross River State, Nigeria.

Yemen | Themar - Approach for Development Finance Enhancement

The overall objective of Themar is to help transition Yemen to a non-oil economy through the creation of an environment conducive to private sector development and job creation, which could eventually lead to poverty reduction.

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Themar aims to support the development of inclusive financial systems targeted at micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). The project will work with Yemeni financial services providers (FSPs) and key facilitating partners (KFPs) aiming to increase the availability and effectiveness of financial products and services, to better meet the financial needs of MSMEs. Structurally, a fund and a technical assistance component will be established. Under the fund, Themar will disburse on-lending funds to FSPs working with MSMEs. Themar will also establish non-financial services linkages with MSMEs, as, in private sector development, access to non-financial services are as important as the access to financial services.

Ultimately, it is hoped that this intervention will lead to long-lasting impact and sustainable results. After the project has finished, the fund component would be transitioned to a local FSP. On the whole, the project aims to strengthen capacity of the local institutions by transfer of knowledge.

 Project Quick Facts

Goal – To help transition Yemen to a non-oil economy through the creation of an environment conducive to private sector development and job creation, which could eventually lead to poverty reduction.

Reaching – 5,000

Funding – European Commission

Duration– Nov 2013 - July 2019