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
24 March 2023
Women at the heart of the social and solidarity economy
The Tiguisselt cooperative in Morocco’s Souss-Massa region is a real stepping stone for women emancipation and a driver for local economic growth.
22 March 2023
Better Healthcare for Mozambicans
How can Public Financial Management data drive change? Lara Gani. junior expert for Enabel in Mozambique explains how it contributes to better health services for Mozambicans. Follow her on her journey.
24 March 2023
Water access and management: A path to decrease inequalities and to adapt to Climate Change
During the UN 2023 Water Conference in New York, Enabel participated in a debate on “Collaborative innovation: the key towards a water smart society” and was proud to be part of the launch of the Team Europe Initiative on Transboundary Water Management in Africa.
22 March 2023
Station J: broadening the minds of young Palestinians
In East Jerusalem, Enabel partnered with Station J, an innovation hub, to guide young innovators and potential entrepreneurs from ideation stages to investment and job opportunities.
14 March 2023
Digital Technologies taking Education in Uganda to the next level
All over the world, digital technologies are becoming an integral part of the education experience. In Uganda, the introduction of ICT tools to fight teacher absenteeism in National Teacher’ Colleges has proven its worth.
09 March 2023
Junior Programme – Looking for young talents!
Between March 9 and 27, 14 new vacancies in various sectors will be open to young talents with the European nationality.