CEFE's instruments stimulate change in

Development Processes

via experiential learning methods.

CEFE Method provides highly participative and action-oriented training, coaching and mentoring

in all areas related to entrepreneurship and private sector development!

CEFE Method

CEFE 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 competencies of a wide range of target groups, mostly in the context of income and employment generation and economic development.

Rather than solely transmitting information, CEFE aims 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 stands for “Competency based Economies through Formation of Entrepreneurs”. The CEFE Method is a comprehensive set of training instruments using an action – oriented approach. The fundamental assumption is that people with a clear vision of their goals and equipped with the skills to achieve them, are far more likely to become productive individuals in our society.

Over the years, CEFE has evolved from training individuals to a comprehensive training methodology. The unique training technique, together with counselling tools, can be applied to many different areas, such as rural development, project management, business rehabilitation, employability schemes or value chain development.

CEFE International offers different tailor-made courses to address a various number of target groups. To name a few: Entrepreneurs, Businesspersons, refugees, marginalised groups, pupils on formal education or jobseekers.
Through the promotion of entrepreneurial competence and better performance of businesses and organizations, CEFE contributes to employment creation, income generation and thus to a sustainable economic development.

CEFE Global Impact

CEFE methodology is a broad term, used for different objectives and target groups. The common denominator is the promotion of entrepreneurial competencies by using highly participative methods. CEFE, since its creation has demonstrated to have an extraordinary impact in businesses performance and in the life of their participants.

In 2019, with the support of the CEFE Network, CEFE International developed the Global Impact Study in order to assess CEFE impact on 459 young people in rural areas as well as to make findings on the effectiveness, replicability and adaptability of CEFE for the design and implementation of future programmes. All interviewds attented a CEFE training, on average 2 years ago.

The results show that CEFE is an effective method to promote self-employment, business start-ups, job creation, business and income growth, and overall it help to improve the livelihood of thousands of participants around the world!

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CEFE trainers

13 Millions+

Participants of TOT CEFE

6 Millions+

Start-ups created

18 Millions+

Additional jobs created

CEFE is one of the most successful method in entrepreneurship!

CEFE represents an accumulation of instruments for entrepreneurship training, coaching and mentoring combined with an active and dynamic approach and methods of empirical learning in order to develop and improve managerial and individual skills.

CEFE Formation and Certification

The Competency based Economies through Formation of Entrepreneurs (CEFE), is one of the most successful methods to learn business development.

The training method was developed in 1983 by the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and introduced in numerous development projects around the world.

Around the world more than 20,000 trainers were qualified in the CEFE methodology and since then conduct CEFE courses with a wide range of target groups.

To become a CEFE expert, candidates must successfully participate in two activities: Training of trainings and coaching sessions. CEFE Formation and Certification aims to ensure quality in the application of the CEFE Method!

Learn more about our validated and well know Certification Process!

CEFE Classic

CEFE is always highly participative, a roadmap for people to improve their life and creating significant impact. CEFE International provides a substantial portfolio of training modules. Together with our partners, we offer tailor made solutions adapted to a project’s context and objectives, inter alia:
  • Private Sector Development.

  • Peace development and conflict transformation.

  • Enabling Economic Environment.

  • Rural Development.

  • Education, vocational qualification and labour market development.

  • Green economy.

Testimonials of our certified trainers

“En CEFE encontramos un excelente método para facilitar procesos de formación que tienen en su centro las personas. Encontramos un método que nos permite lograr simultáneamente avances significativos en varios ámbitos del desarrollo.”
Jorge Tagle y Paulina Pacheco​

Fundación Trabaja para un Hermano - Concepción - Chile

“In the past we would sell CEFE saying: ‘’CEFE will change your life’’. Well, I know for a fact that it strongly influenced my life in the past 25 years and that CEFE has become a key cornerstone of my professional career.”


Ton van der Krabben

Nedworc Association

“Creo que CEFE es la mejor forma de enseñar y aprender al mismo tiempo. La conexión que se logra con las personas participantes es única y la metodología permite aprender y enseñar profundamente. Se garantiza el aprendizaje.”

Fabio Emilio Buiza

AD empresarial

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