The main goal of Enabel’s work with the private sector and entrepreneurship is inclusive growth. Growth in which women, young people and vulnerable groups participate, but also growth that respects the environment and decent work standards. Through our Inclusive Growth actions, we improve business environments, create and develop businesses and strengthen value chains and economic sectors.
What we do
Improving business environments
Through our partnership approach, we connect the ecosystem of business development services providers and assist them in their sustainability.
In order to provide the private sector with skilled employees, we closely work together with TVET institutions to serve demand-driven employment.
Creating and developing businesses
Strengthening entrepreneurs and businesses is important for us. We do this by ensuring they benefit from adapted services, so they can grow and improve their performance, and thus create social and economic added value as well as jobs.
We focus on improving the match between the offer of financial and non-financial services and the demands of businesses. We do not offer financing, but by supporting initiatives, building capacities and putting parties in touch, we ensure, on the one hand, that entrepreneurs meet the conditions for receiving financial products from local financing actors, and on the other hand, that local financing actors (such as microfinance institutions) increasingly offer adapted solutions.
In some cases, we are involved in risk mitigating mechanisms, such as guarantees. We combine this with Business Development Services including mentoring and coaching in management, marketing, sales and HR. Special attention is given to the specific needs of women entrepreneurs.
Furthermore, the Trade for Development Centre provides coaching business development support to fair trade businesses, producers and cooperatives.
Strengthening value chains and economic sectors
Strengthening value chains means supporting everyone involved in production, from the farmer who grows pineapples, to the small enterprise collecting them, the medium enterprise cleaning and packing the fruit, the enterprise providing solutions for packaging and shipping, or the factory processing the pineapples into juice, or the outlet selling the end product to an individual.
Enabel’s efforts on structuring value chains focus on professionalising producers’ organisations, improving product quality and enabling better access to markets. When these elements are in place, small and medium-sized businesses have more opportunities for sustainable growth and decent job creation.
The Port of Cotonou in Benin is one of the largest ports in West Africa. Enabel, in partnership with the Port of Antwerp, is supporting its modernisation to make it more competitive and efficient. Watch the videos to find out how we go about this.
Partnership with the Port of Antwerp
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News & Events
06 September 2023
Enabel advises Mozambique for African Climate Summit
As part of the 2023 African Climate Summit, the Mozambican government, Enabel and the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change organise a roundtable on energy transition in Mozambique.
04 September 2023
Koen Vanmechelen builds Cosmogolem in Rwanda
Created by Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen, the Cosmogolem is a 4-meter-tall wooden giant. How did it end up in Rwanda? Answers with Koen.
11 August 2023
Interview with Jesse: what is a budget analyst looking for in the healthcare sector?
Read the story of Jesse Waterschoot, former Junior Expert in budget analysis for Enabel in Mozambique.
03 August 2023
The modernisation of Guinea’s civil registry inspired by Belgium’s experience
In Guinea, we support the authorities to modernise the civil registry via a pilot project inspired by Belgium’s experience.
27 July 2023
Enabel and OECD Team Up To Boost Innovation
Enabel collaborated with the OECD to analyse and improve innovation activities in Benin, Morocco, and Palestine.
11 July 2023
A manifesto for Community driven processes for climate responsive design
Community-driven design fosters functional & sustainable climate-responsive solutions. This manifesto presents case studies.