Private sector

Enabel supports private sector actors by means of grants, competitive funds, expertise and support to business incubators and pays particular attention to women entrepreneurship.We promote a favourable business environment, support capacity development with vocational and business skills training and we assist micro, small and medium enterprises in developing their activities.

What we do

Improving business environments

Together with our partner countries we invest in skills development, improved infrastructure and an educational system which is adjusted to labour market needs. Enabel believes in the need for good governance and up-to-date fiscal and legal frameworks to provide a conducive environment for private sector investments.

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.

We assist our partners to professionalise producers’ organisations and improve product quality, to enhance management capacities and gain better access to markets. In Senegal, for example, Enabel supports the development of agro-industrial infrastructure.

In Burkina Faso, we promote sustainable entrepreneurship in order to encourage the emergence and consolidation of small and medium-sized businesses in the green economy, agribusiness and small-scale production.

In Guinea, we focus on inclusive businesses in growth sectors such as the pineapple, mango and potato value chains, tourism & hospitality, sustainable cities and the digital sector.

We support Rwanda’s efforts to develop the poultry and pork value chains, by attracting private investments on the one hand and helping family production to professionalise on the other.

In Benin our primary focus is on the pineapple value chain as well as the cashew industry.

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 that entrepreneurs on the one hand meet the conditions for receiving financial products by local financing actors, and on the other, that such 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 and direct business development support to fair trade businesses, producers and cooperatives.

News & Events


15 December 2022

Take part in our #EnablingTheFuture event

On 15 December, Enabel invites you to its first event on the theme of social innovation in its office in Brussels or online. #EnablingTheFuture

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22 November 2022

Study: Quality of Youth Corners and Youth-friendly Services and Expectations in Rwanda

This booklet presents a summary of the results of the assessment of the Quality of youth corners and other related youth-friendly services at the health centers and expectations of young people and the community. The study was conducted to assess the quality status of services offered to young people in the Youth Corners identify adolescents’/community expectations to draw recommendations and design evidence-based strategies for improvement of the ASRH services.

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22 November 2022

Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices Study on Adolescents’ Sexual and Reproductive Health in Rwanda

The Government of Rwanda has made efforts to improve Sexual and Reproductive Health of adolescents and youth through the adoption of various policies and strategies to ensure an access to affordable and equitable services. However, the country continues to face several pressing challenges related to adolescent sexual and reproductive health. Read the study

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23 November 2022

Interview with Adélaïde Kourouma, project Manager Urban Entrepreneurship in Guinea

Fostering the growth of emerging Guinean businesses. Read the interview.

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A hospital in Niger. Doctor standing outside the facility, while a woman and man arrive on a motorcycle with their baby. Resources

24 August 2022

Social Health Protection – A path to fight against inequalities

Every country in the world faces the challenge of protecting its population. But how to set up social protection? Where to start? Enabel provides a roadmap based on our expertise.

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Visit to a small hydro power plant in Mozambique. Man showing people around. Resources

22 November 2022

Brochure: Belgium – Mozambique cooperation programme 2023-2028

The Belgian cooperation has been active in Mozambique for 20 years. Enabel focuses on improving the living conditions of people through close collaboration with the Mozambican public institutions, private sector, civil society and communities. Read the brochure for more information.

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