Entrepreneurship Development Programme

What is the project about

Under Ethiopia’s Growth Transformation Plan (GTP), development of growth-oriented micro and small enterprises (MSEs) was identified as an effective private sector development strategy which can contribute to the country’s bottom-up economic growth and bring about a transformational change in the economy.

The Entrepreneurship Development Programme seeks to bring about a transformational change and unleash the growth potential of MSEs through entrepreneurial and business management skills training and provision of comprehensive business advisory services. The project also focuses on strengthening of business capacity of existing medium and small enterprises.

The programme directly supports the building of entrepreneurial skills and mindsets potential entrepreneurs, particularly women and youth, and supports the Government’s efforts in establishing service institutions for sustainable provision of entrepreneurship development support.

What have we accomplished so far?

Since the launch of the programme in February 2013, the progress made as of November 2013  is as follows:  

1,000 people gained the entrepreneurial skills and knowledge through the EDC-organized entrepreneurship training

About 800 micro, small and medium business owners availed the BDS support to improve their business operations

74 national trainers undergone the training of trainers (TOT)

27 consultants trained as the EDC business advisorsSupport of the Programme rolled out to the four regions: Oromia, SNNP, Amhara and Tigray

Who finance it?

The total funding require for the full scale implementation of the Programme is USD 26 million. UNDP has committed a total of USD 6 million for the 3-year programme period.

Project Overview
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Economic Growth & Poverty Reduction
Project officer:
Mio Yokota, mio.yokota@undp.org
Ministry of Urban Development and Construction, Federal Micro and Small Enterprise Development Agency