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MSME development

MSME development


MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises) are recognised across the world as drivers of socioeconomic growth and development. They make a significant contribution in boosting public revenue collection, employment creation and economic empowerment, as well as provision of goods and services to the public.

MSMEs face distinct challenges that limit their access to markets and operation capacity. Examples include limited formal documentation, lack of access to quality supplies and modern techniques, lack of networks and connections, limited access to finance, and limited capacity.



    Mapping SME development on AfDB programmes

    Genesis Analytics completed a major review of the African Development Bank’s support strategies for small- and medium-sized businesses. This was the first project to leverage our new Francophone and African Development Bank liaison office.


    Assisting financial institutions to improve financial access for SMEs.

    Genesis was commissioned by the IFC to undertake several deep-dive studies on MSME finance that were used to inform the IFC’s advisory to its (financial institution) clients to improve financial access for SMEs.


    Diagnosing the MSME development challenge in four countries

    Genesis partnered with the prominent private foundation to diagnose the MSME landscape in four countries of interest. The foundation was new to the area of MSME development and required guidance on how best to diagnose the key growth constraints and programming opportunities for MSME development.


    Building robust M&E system to measure impact of enterprise programme

    Genesis Analytics was hired to develop the monitoring and evaluation system of Seedstars - an international social enterprise based in Geneva aimed at supporting high-growth entrepreneurs. Seedstars has seven offices in developing markets which act as workspaces and support centres for the entrepreneurs.


    Diagnosing MSME development challenge in Africa

    Genesis partnered with a private foundation to diagnose the MSME landscape in four countries to understand the key growth constraints and programming opportunities for MSME development.


    Evaluating the development of Tanzanian innovation ecosystem

    Genesis conducted the mid-term strategic evaluation of the Developing Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ecosystems in Tanzania programme, jointly funded by Fondation Botnar and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).


    Optimising the role of MSMEs in Nigeria

    Genesis was commissioned to understand the role of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Nigeria, and make recommendations to improve credit access of MSMEs in the future.


    Evaluating entrepreneurial tools for SME growth

    Genesis was contracted by the Small Enterprise Assistance Fund (SEAF) to conduct an external evaluation of the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Executive Development (CEED) programme to assess its performance to date.


    Measuring the impact of Mowgli's mentoring of SMEs

    Genesis Analytics was contracted by Mowgli Mentoring to act as a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) partner to Mowgli Mentoring and provide M&E support with a particular focus on building a competitive evidence base to prove the impact of its mentoring programme.

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    Africa is experiencing an unprecedented youth wave. Today, Africa has twice as many 15-year-olds as 35-year-olds. This ratio is likely to increase. From 193 million young people aged 15-24 in 2015, the number will grow to 295 million by 2035, and to 362 million by 2050.


    Agriculture and agribusiness

    Africa’s agricultural sector is critical to sustainable economic development. It supports economic opportunities in rural communities, the alleviation of poverty and plays an essential role in food security. Genesis works across the public-private interface for governments, donors, philanthropic and private sector clients.

    Unlocking the sector’s potential requires a combination of political will, enabling regulatory frameworks, improved access to finance, skills investment and climate change adaptation. An understanding of these interlocking factors underpins our approach to programme design and implementation.


    Centre of Digital Excellence

    Our Centre for Digital Excellence (C0DE) team at Genesis focuses on technology innovation and the opportunities it provides for improving the development potential of African nations. Our work is focused on supporting African governments, their development partners and private firms in forging new tech-enabled pathways to inclusive growth.


    Financial inclusion

    Financial inclusion remains an acute challenge across Africa, with many people in the sub-Saharan region lacking access to basic financial products and services, such as credit, savings and insurance products. The effects of financial exclusion fall disproportionately on particularly women, low-income groups, rural inhabitants and small businesses. These groups have traditionally been underserved by traditional financial services. Genesis has built deep expertise in driving financial inclusion across these groups in Africa.


    Gender and development

    To reach the full potential of the continent, we have to harness the full capacity and ability of the population by ensuring that women, who make up half of the population, are empowered to contribute in an equitable, productive and safe manner.

    Our work in gender and development spans a variety of contexts, resulting in deep insights and expertise regarding gender dynamics as these pertain to policy and regulation, public and social programmes, NGO and other women’s movement initiatives, and private sector growth.


    Economic opportunity

    Expanding access to economic opportunity is essential for improving lives and livelihoods, generating jobs and creating wealth. The private sector plays a leading role in delivering economic growth and is increasingly expected to do so in a way that is inclusive and sustainable.

    There are a number of ways in which businesses, foundations, governments and development organisations work to support private sector development. These include developing inclusive market systems; supporting the creation of quality jobs; developing value chains and access to markets for businesses; development of the financial sector and supporting access to finance; MSME development; capital markets development; and overall business enabling environment.

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