Making markets more inclusive for women and youth to promote entrepreneurship and job creation in Kenya

Country: KENYA

Region: Africa

October 2013 to April 2014

ITCILO in collaboration with the ILO’s Youth Entrepreneurship facility for Eastern Africa (www.yefafrica.org), the Kenyan Department of Micro and Small Enterprises and MESPT Microenterprises Support Programme Trust of Kenya supported the capacity of local organizations to address the constraints faced by Women and Youth in fully benefiting from economic opportunities, using a value chain development and value chain finance approach.

ITCILO delivered a blended training programme to support participant organizations in designing and implementing action plans to benefit their target groups. For example, the Women’s Association of Kenya is implementing an action plan to boost women’s small enterprises in the tourism and agribusiness sectors. ILO’s Youth Entrepreneurship Project and MESPT provided technical support for the implementation of the action plans.

The activity was co-funded by: the Arab Gulf Programme for Development, AGFUND, the ILO’s Youth Entrepreneurship facility for Eastern Africa and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

- Target audience/s:

Through a competitive process, local partners chose 15 participants representing women and youth associations, governments departments, private sector actors, microfinance organizations and business service consultancies and NGOs.


- Modality of the activity:

Blended course consisting of: (i) distance learning course on enterprise development through value chains and service markets, (ii) face-to-face course on value chain development and (iii) face-to-face course in value chain finance delivered in Mombasa, Kenya.


- Institutional partner/s involved:

  • EMLD of the ITCILO
  • ILO’s Youth Entrepreneurship facility for Eastern Africa (www.yefafrica.org)
  • Kenyan Department of Micro and Small Enterprises
  • MESPT Microenterprises Support Programme Trust of Kenya (http://microfinancetrust.com/)

 

- Web links to the activity/project description, findings or report:

Persons interested in similar value chain development training programmes should visit the following link http://ecampus.itcilo.org/course/view.php?id=23

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