10/2008 – 11/2008; 10/2009-11/2009; 05/2010 – 05/2011;
Energizing Development – Establishment of industrial zones with access to energy and complementary services
Entering into a “Golden Age for Business” by creating a business enabling environment is one of the major objectives of the Private Sector Development Strategy of the Government of Ghana. One of the main bottlenecks identified especially for the expansion of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) is that many small-scale entrepreneurs lack access to reliable energy – despite their ability and willingness to pay for it. Additionally, they are often located in the middle of residential areas and have little or no space to expand their businesses. Against this background, a component on “Energising Development in Industrial Zones“ was integrated into the Program for Sustainable Economic Development implemented by GIZ on behalf of BMZ and DGIS. The component aims to facilitate the establishment of industrial zones with reliable access to energy and business development services in selected district capitals in Ghana.
To support the projects´objective, CI provides advisory services to scale-up the CEFE approach in Ghana and improve economic sustainability of micro and small enterprises. This includes conducting CEFE trainings in supported industrial zones for small scale entrepreneurs to improve their business skills and the long-term economic sustainability of their businesses. These entrepreneurs targeted are often illiterate or with low-levels of formal education and no business training. Therefore CI developed modules for semi-illiterates aiming at the promotion of Semi-illiterates Businesses. In 2008 – 2009, CEFE Trainings were carried out in 8 zones with the assistance of CEFE Master Trainers from Nigeria. By collaborating with the master trainers and learning on the job, four local trainers in Ghana attained certification as national CEFE trainers and qualified to carry out further trainings in Ghana. The training included two times five-days training with focus on business planning and financial management for artisans. In November 2010, 13 additional licensed CEFE trainers were qualified to train with the CEFE methodology after attending a two week CEFE ToT in Kumasi.