Capacity Building


COMESA Local Sourcing Project

Investment Climate Facility for Africa (ICF), has partnered with the COMESA Business Council (CBC) to implement the Local Sourcing for Partnerships Project (LSP). The project that is co-funded by USAID and the Private sector aims to build sustainable sourcing partnerships between small growth enterprises and large corporate companies in the COMESA region. The chief objective of the project is to increase local sourcing from Small Growth Enterprise by large corporate in order to create jobs and stimulate economic development. This will be achieved mainly through capacity building of 480 small growth suppliers in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia. The training program applied is known as the Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) standard. HACCP is a management system in which food safety is addressed through the analysis and control of biological, chemical, and physical hazards from raw material production, procurement and handling, to manufacturing, distribution and consumption of the finished product.

The project will also create an online Business Linkages and Enterprise Intelligence Database Portal in order to facilitate market linkages and provide key market information. Further, CBC has partnered with various corporate companies in the six countries who promote local sourcing. By the end of the project, it is expected that the enterprises will be integrated into the national and regional supply chains.

Capacity Building

ICF is developing a mentoring programme to strengthen the capacity building initiatives within ICF projects.

ICF will partner with expert organisations to mentor project team members and employees of project beneficiaries.

Municipal Capacity Building Project

ICF is working with Anglo American South Africa (AASA) and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) to build the capacities of five municipalities to enable them to improve the provision of basic services in their areas. The objective is to make the municipalities more attractive for businesses to invest there, create jobs and improve the local economy. The municipalities are Thabazimbi, Mogalakwena, and Greater Tubatse municipalities in Limpopo province, and Rustenburg and Moses Kotane municipalities in North West province

By the end of the project, it is expected that there will be a reduction in the number of service provision complaints and petitions, a halving of service delivery protests, and an improvement in the overall perception of business regarding local municipal service delivery.

Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Capacity Building Project

ICF worked with the Government of Tanzania to build the capacity of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to transition from the informal to formal economy. With a focus on the retail trade, small manufacturing and fisheries sectors in Dar es Salaam and Mwanza, the project trained 1,024 individuals including business owners and employees on business management skills and 20 providers of business development services. It also increased the number of people employed by MSMEs from 346 to 888.

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