Developing Countries

Year Country Sponsor Activity Duration Output/Outcome
1984-85 Mauritius Development Bank of Mauritius To conduct an Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) to promote tiny and small enterprises. 1 week A 2-member EDI team, in the process, led the bank and the government in accepting the need to develop local capabilities to improve performance and selection of local entrepreneurs.
1985-86 Mauritius Development Bank of Mauritius To conduct an Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) in April 1985 financed by the bank. 1 week EDI team provided the selected entrepreneurs intensive entrepreneurial and behavioral input along with counseling sessions on project selection & planning and key managerial orientation. Impressed with the impact generated by the training, the bank again invited the team in November 1985 to conduct another programme for both existing entrepreneurs as well as for officers of the developmental agencies.
1985-86 Tanzania World Bank To explore the possibility of introducing ED approach in the country. 2 days EDI team took sessions in the World Bank-sponsored training programme for African countries at Eastern & Southern Management Institute (ESAMI) to discuss the feasibility of conducting EDPs in the country.
1985-86 Senegal West African Division of World Bank To conduct a Feasibility Study for organizing EDPs in Senegal 3 weeks Feb 1986 The assignment involved assessment of institutions, manpower resources, target groups, training facilities, support system and other pre-requisites for launching EDPs successfully.
1986-87 Nigeria Nigeria Bank of Commerce & Industry (NBCI) To conduct a 3-day seminar on ED related activities June 26-28, 1986 About 80 participants representing senior officers, policy-makers and executives from federal government participated in the seminar. The seminar highlighted the need for appropriate policies and commitment of the government for nurturing a conducive environment for indigenous entrepreneurs to emerge and survive through viable profit-making projects. Realizing the concern for development of small industries, particularly through self-employment of educated/ uneducated youth and retiring civil servants, the seminar concluded that the country must initiate EDPs on an appropriate scale.
1986-87 Ivory Coast EDI-WB & African Development Bank (ADB) To conduct a workshop on ED for the benefit of Francophone African countries. June 2-11, 1986 28 participants from 13 countries attended the workshop apart from senior officers from EDI-WB and ADB. This high profile group well received the key elements of EDP process and replicating the same in the diverse parts of various African countries was fruitfully discussed. The most positive impact was that most countries were eager to initiate EDP process and understand the pre-conditions for doing so.
1986-87 Togo West African Division of World Bank Study visit to Togo. 4 days June 1986 EDI team visited institutions, development banks and concerned ministries to create awareness about the EDPs; assessed the country's interest in Small Enterprise Development and selected 4 potential Trainer-Motivators for subsequent training at EDI, India.
1986-87 Guinea-Conakry West African Division of World Bank Study visit to Guinea-Conakry. 4 days June 1986 The team identified 32 project opportunities with potential for new enterprises which included manufacturing, agro-based and service-based units with a low investment in plant & machinery, simple technology and ease in maintenance and operation with locally available man-power skills. 8 Trainer-Motivators were selected for subsequent training at EDI.
1986-87 Malawi ILO-UNDP The first full-fledged Training of Trainers' course 8 weeks July-Aug 1986 The programme was specially organized for 12 vocational training instructors and development officers from Malawi to suit the particular needs of the target group and combined conceptual and field action inputs.
1986-87 Ivory Coast African Development Bank (ADB) To conduct a seminar on 'Development Banking' in Abidjan 5 days The participating officers were provided inputs on identification, selection, grooming them as entrepreneurs and evaluation of entrepreneurial competencies through new selection technique prior to extending financial assistance.
1986-87 EDI World Bank Training of selected trainers from Senegal, Togo and Guinea-Conakry 8 weeks Looking to the priority and country needs, a special training programme was designed and organized at EDI with 7 participants from Guinea, 6 from Senegal and 3 from Togo. Simultaneous French translation facility was the highlight of the programme.
1987-88 & 1988-89 Ghana World Bank Implementation of 'Concept-to-Completion' Approach for entrepreneurship development 2 years A 4-tier approach was carried out for institutionalizing ED activities in Ghana :
  •  Feasibility Study
  •  Identification of viable business opportunities
  • Training of Entrepreneur Trainer-Motivators
  • Launching of EDP in Accra, Ghana, to support the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI) in replicating EDI-EDP Model.
  • 2 pilot EDPs - one General EDP for 35 participants and the other for 23 re-deployed groups were organized.
1987-88 Ivory Coast World Bank Private-sector in Fisheries Development with specific reference to EDP Oct 1987 EDI expert presented EDP approach and its role in privatization of fishery project. The delegates found the EDP approach relevant in developing African countries and approved its suggestion to appropriately train fishermen/artisan engaged in fishery related activities.
1988-89 Kenya ILO, Geneva Consultancy assignment for Developing Small Scale Development Strategy for Kenya 3 weeks Sept-Oct 1988 EDI team looked into the policies, credit availability, training and other schemes. A separate assignment was taken up to prepare an integrated proposal to introduce entrepreneurship education in the vocational institutions and polytechnics.
1988-89 Sudan ILO, Geneva To explore the possibilities of self-employment for educated unemployed youth Jan 1989 A comprehensive report was submitted to ILO and Sudan Government spelling out requisite policies, programmes and institutions needed to implement graduate self-employment programmes based on entrepreneurship training.
1988-89 Togo West African Development Bank, Lome To familiarize the bank officials in developing local entrepreneurial talent 2 days  
1988-89 Commonwealth African Countries Commonwealth Secretariat, London To develop a cadre of resource persons from Polytechnics of African countries on entrepreneurship development 12 weeks A group of 18 participants representing 11 African Countries viz., Botswana, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Zambia, from Commonwealth Association of Polytechnics of Africa (CAPA) was developed to play an active role in facilitating introduction of entrepreneurship in the Polytechnics.
1989-90 Seychelles AAPAM Conference held in Mahe, Seychelles, on 'Entrepreneurship Development' Nov 27-Dec 1, 1989 Indian experiences and EDI expertise in ED related activities were well received by the participating officers and the need for replicating the same in their countries.
1989-90 Kenya United Nations Centre for Human Settlement (HABITAT), Nairobi To participate as a resource person in a group made for discussing 'Integrating Employment Generation Activities in Human Settlement Programmes' 3 days The seminar aimed at identifying opportunities in construction related areas so that individuals with this background can be identified for initiating enterprises. EDI expert interacted with the experts from various countries on developing entrepreneurial capabilities through training interventions.
1990-91 Mauritius Indian High Commission in Mauritius & Development Bank of Mauritius Entrepreneurship Orientation Seminar for potential and existing entrepreneurs 4 days Aug 21-25, 1990 Encompassing four major areas viz., business opportunities in Mauritius, business plan preparation, appropriate technology and entrepreneurial competencies.
1990-91 Malawi Commonwealth Association of Polytechnics in Africa (CAPA) Trainers' Training Programme on 'Entrepreneurship Education' Nov 18-Dec 13, 1991 A group of 29 participants and resource persons representing 25 CAPA led institutions and 11 Countries were imparted inputs in planning and organizing workshop with emphasis on design and management of Entrepreneurship Skill Development Programmes.
1992-93 Mauritius Development Bank of Mauritius Training Programme for Existing Entrepreneurs Apr 1992 50 participants trained in competency development, business plan preparation, project identification, project counseling, business opportunities identification and market survey.
1992-93 Togo West African Development Board (BOAD), Lome promoted by 7 French speaking countries in West Africa To organize a seminar on 'Appreciation of Training Interventions for Small enterprise Development' Sept 1992 EDI expert conducted the seminar for chief executives/senior officials of government/banks and support system officials engaged in small enterprise development followed by a training programme for operational level officers of banks/financial institutions for assessing entrepreneurial competencies.This consultancy opened doors for working in Francophone West Africa.
1992-93 Kenya Small Enterprise Finance company To present a paper on 'ED Approach : The Indian Experience' Sept 18,1992 In the seminar, EDI expert shared Indian experience in identifying a good entrepreneur and his role behind the success of the project.
1992-93 Tanzania CAPA Paper presentation on 'Institutionalizing ED in Technical Institutions' Nov 9-13,1992 The seminar provided a forum to interact with educationists, principals of polytechnics,international consultants and government officials on the need for introducing ED inputs in technical institutions.
1992-93 South Africa International Council of Small Business (ICSB) for South Africa Participation as a resource person in the international Conference on 'Small businesses'held in Johannesburg May 14-19,1992 The ICSB conference evoked considerable interest in South Africa in acquiring training expertise in small business development from India. Resultantly, a delegation from the Triple Trust Organization, South Africa, visited EDI to discuss the Institute's experience in developing rural poor through REDP.
1994-95 Tanzania National Fund for Development of Agriculture For developing 'Savings & Credit Scheme' for the Southern Highlands Extension and Rural Financial Services (SHERFS), Mbeya Aug 10-Sept 25,1994 As part of the assignment, a manual for credit formation, credit saving, credit lending and support manual for credit scheme and its administration were prepared.
1995-96 & 1997-98 Ghana Commonwealth Secretariat, London Entrepreneur Trainer-Motivators' Training Programme Oct 20-Nov 17, 1995 & Apr 1-21, 1997 In the first programme,there were 20 participants from 11 African countries and in the second, 24 participants from 13 countries.These participants were trained as committed and competent ETMs. Action Plans for institutionalizing entrepreneurship development in their respective countries were prepared under the guidance of EDI resource persons.
1995-96 Malawi UNDP-ILO Two training programmes for credit officers on Entrepreneurial Assessment Technique Apr 24-28, 1995 & May 1-5,1995 A total of 40 Small Enterprise Development professionals from Malawian Traders' Trust and other institutions including international nodal organizations were trained on entrepreneur assessment process.
1996-97 South Africa ILO Global Symposium on 'Training for Success' July 21-23, 1996 Attended by 90 delegates covering 26 countries, the symposium provided a platform to leading training institutions to present their models in entrepreneurship and new enterprise creation. EDI's growths as well as NEC programmes combining hard and soft skills were commended.

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