Ethiopia—Private Enterprise Programme Ethiopia (PEPE)

Client: U.K. Department for International Development

Duration: 2013-2020

Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

Country: Ethiopia

Solutions: Economic Growth

This program is helping generate access to finance, good quality jobs, and increased incomes for Ethiopia’s poor. To achieve its overall end, DAI and consortium partners First Consult/Ethiopia, Itad/UK, Enclude/NL, and BCaD focus on three pillars:

  • Women’s Entrepreneurship Development Program (WEDP)—enhance the capacity of the Development Bank of Ethiopia to manage a fund of $42 million provided by the World Bank for on-lending through microfinance institutions (MFIs) to small and medium-sized women-owned enterprises in the urban centers of Adama, Bahir Dar, Hawassa, and Mekelle.
  • Access to Finance (A2F)—Using a Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) approach, work with financial institutions at all levels to ensure that poor Ethiopians can obtain finance to launch and grow sustainable businesses.
  • Agro-Industrial Development—The WEDP and A2F teams will integrate their work with PEPE’s M4P programming to strengthen value chains in livestock and leather, cotton and textiles, and horticulture.

Sample Activities

  • Capitalize on buyer-driven income/employment growth by targeting specific marketing channels in which unmet demand exists—subsequently facilitating a pro-poor supply response.
  • Making “green” business models work for the poor.
  • Assist microfinance institutions so they can make more financial products available to micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises.
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