CEFE (Competency based Economies Formation of Enterprise) is a comprehensive set of training instruments using an action-oriented approach and experiential learning methods to develop and enhance the business management and personal entrepreneurial competencies of a wide range of target groups, mostly in the context of sustainable economic development.

Initiated in the early 80, CEFE has become best practice in entrepreneurship development and was introduced in more than 140 countries with over 20,000 trainers trained world wide. It offers various training modules from business creation to customized courses like financial management, rural development, qualification of credit officers, entrepreneurial skills, project management, team building, corporate social responsibility, green economy, youth employment and many more.

CEFE’s method of enterprise promotion represents the synthesis of enterprise research, adult training theory, and a vast set of innovative, participative exercises, modules and manuals. It links sustainable economic growth with more and better qualified employment and higher individual income.

CEFE deals with a large variety of sectors, enabling its utilization in many areas of development:

  • Micro, small and medium enterprise promotion.
  • Employability schemes
  • Reconstruction and privatization.
  • Management training.
  • Vocational training
  • Rural development and farmers.
  • Refugee and reintegration programs.
  • Microfinance.
  • Local economic development.

Rather than solely transmitting information, CEFE trainings aim at creating competences including knowledge, attitudes, skills and habits. The trainings enhance the participants’ ability for self-organised decisions and action taking in complex and continuously changing systems.

CEFE‘s approach to capacity building is comparatively fast. It facilitates strengthening SME programs and institutions, as well as trainer organizations. No license fees are charged for using CEFE.


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