Fostering Entrepreneurship in the Caribbean: $764,200, 2011-2014 (IDRC Project)
This project seeks to answer two questions. Can entrepreneurs play a significant role in promoting economic advancement in the Caribbean? What policies would allow Caribbean entrepreneurs to play this role? The project investigates the characteristics and determinants of entrepreneurship, the role of entrepreneurship in job creation, the challenges faced by entrepreneurs, and the regulatory reforms and policies needed to encourage them. The findings will be compiled in a publicly available database, and used to inform public policy and as baseline for setting policy targets and monitoring performance
Promoting Private Sector Growth - Compete Caribbean: $20.0 million, 2010-2015
This multi-donor initiative managed by the Inter-American Development Bank, is intended to enhance sustainable economic growth through improved competitiveness and private sector development in select Caribbean countries. It also aims to create new job opportunities, especially for women and youth, and to encourage exports in non-traditional sectors. Compete Caribbean promotes business climate reforms, business clusters and small business activities within a comprehensive regional private sector development (PSD) strategy.
PROPEL: Promotion of Regional Opportunities for Produce through Enterprise and Linkages (Caribbean) $19.4 million, 2012–2016
The project helps farmers to increase the quality and quantity of fresh, regionally grown fruits and vegetables and help small and medium-sized producers link with buyers such as regional grocery chains, cruise lines, airlines, hotels, and restaurants. Technical assistance helps the producers to supply sufficient quantities of their produce and maintain internationally accepted food quality and safety standards.
Agricultural Sector Supply Chains in Mali: $14 million, 2008-2015
This project aims to improve the performance of selected agricultural supply chains in Mali by intervening in critical phases of production, processing, and marketing chains. The project focuses mainly on producing Shea Nuts (6,000 additional tons during this project), as well as shallots, onions, and garlic (15,000 additional tons). This increased production, combined with more efficient processing, is anticipated to boost sales by 10,000 tons for the shallot, onion, and garlic supply chains, and by 4,000 tons for Shea Nuts. To achieve these results, the project strengthens the production, productivity, marketing and organizational management capacities of 150 participating organizations.
Canada Investment Fund for Africa (CIFA): $100 million, 2005-2014
The Canada Investment Fund for Africa (CIFA) is a Government of Canada initiative created to provide risk capital for investment in Africa. The Government of Canada’s investment of $100 million has leveraged an additional $160 million for investments in fifteen individual African companies. Sectors targeting include: oil and gas, mining, consumer goods, financial services, agribusiness, manufacturing, and logistics sectors, as well as two regional equity funds targeting SMEs.
Vietnam Skills for Employment Project: $20.0 million, 2011-2017
The Vietnam Skills for Employment Project (VSEP) is structured around two inter-dependant components. Component one will strengthen the capacity for leadership and management of Technical and Vocational Education and Training institutions (TVET). Component two will focus on TVET institutional development. There are three phases: (i) strengthening the management of the TVET system in three target provinces; (ii) improving the performance of three TVET institutions (one in each focus province); and (iii) improving the performance of other community colleges in Vietnam.
Entrepreneurship Program Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC): $10.0 million, 2011-2017
This program is intended to develop a regional network of business incubators, and through them grow small and micro businesses in the region. EPIC: (i) supports and expands the Caribbean network of business incubators; (ii) upgrades incubator manager skills and provides resources for regional policy makers; and (iii) develops a regional micro business and small and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) seed fund.
Trade and Agriculture Production (Nile Basin): $9.7 million, 2007-2012
This programme forms part of the Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Programme (NELSAP). It is funded by CIDA and is executed by the World Bank. The objective of the project is to increase production for export to other Basin countries. The programme focuses on the following activities: (i) irrigation and various water collection schemes; (ii) conservation techniques; (iii) livestock production; and (iii) marketing of agricultural products.
Entrepreneurial Development of Cooperative Federations (Guatemala): $7 million, 2002-2011
The goal of this project was to strengthen the management and administration capacity of two federations of agricultural cooperatives: FEDECOAG (Guatemalan Federation of Agricultural Cooperatives) and FEDECOVERA (Federation of Cooperatives from the Departments of Alta and Baja Verapaz). The project aimed to (i) expand production and exports and (ii) increase the income and living standards of the thousands of small family producers. FEDECOAG focused on the production and export of snow peas, while FEDECOVERA focused on the production and commercialization of cardamom. In 2002, FEDECOVERA had no cardamom export capacity. Today it is the number one exporter of organic cardamom in the world supplying 20 countries. The project has led to family income increases of between 10% and 20% reaching out to approximately 2,400 families.
Canadian Market Access and Trade Capacity Building (Guyana, Ecuador, Haiti, Burkina-Faso, Indonesia): $3 million, 2009 - 2012
The project, managed by the Trade Facilitation Office Canada (TFOC) has two main components:
(i) Canadian market access services for developing country exporters and trade support institutions (details under Market and Trade Information).
(ii) Trade capacity-building and linkage services for five partner countries, consisting of a series of trade development projects implemented by TFOC and its local partners. This component will enhance the trade support services available to SME exporters in these countries. It will also build the capacity of selected SMEs in order to increase their trade competitiveness and establish contacts that enable increased export and employment growth. An important initiative within this component aims to strengthen the capacity of Haitian artisans to develop and to export their products.
Strengthening Haitian Artisans’ Marketing and Export Capacity: $1.3 million, 2011-2013
This project contributes to rebuilding the private sector in Haiti through developing export activity. The main goal is to develop and promote artisans’ craftwork in order to increase Haitian exports in the home décor and gift sectors. In addition, the project aims to raise general export capacity through exporter training for entrepreneurs and managers of SMEs. This project has three components. The first two components focus on developing “go to market” programs for four communities of artisans (informal sector micro-entrepreneurs) and a group of export-ready SMEs. These two components also support the capacity of these producers to develop and sustain access to international markets. The third component helps business-support institutions establish an exporter training program. This training component is intended for all SME exporting sectors. This project is part of the Canadian Market Access and Trade Capacity Building project. It is implemented by the Trade Facilitation Office Canada in cooperation with the BRANDAID Project and its Haitian partners.
Trade Facilitation Office Canada. $4.08 million, 2009-2012
TFOC has recently launched an innovative work program on public-private partnerships in international trade. The goal of the research is to establish best practice in the creation of supply chains/relationships between importers in the developed and producers in the developing world,