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Department of Developing Economy Engagement


The cornerstones of developing economies are the entrepreneurs who form a nation's backbone. They possess the creativity and out-of-the-box thinking abilities to harness the existing resources to the maximum, thereby ensuring that the nation pedals on a fast track. However, a developing world is faced with several inhibiting factors that make entrepreneurship a challenging task for enthusiasts; particularly so in the present times, with the nature of 'businesses / doing businesses', undergoing a transformation. Nevertheless, today when the whole world is one big market, the constraining factors can be addressed through awareness on contemporary methods and technologies, training, mentoring, funding and hand holding support. EDII has been imparting several countries an entrepreneurial routing and building an entrepreneurial trajectory for them. The Institute advocates institution-building, across nations, to ensure that entrepreneurship emerges as a much relied upon tool to bolster New Enterprise Creation. In several countries such as Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Uzbekistan, EDII has already established a network of activities that are ensuring sustained entrepreneurship under the aegis of a Centre devoted to the cause. These Centres have come to adopt the role of full fledged ‘Centres of Excellence’ and are contributing greatly to entrepreneurship by ensuring idea generation,  training, mentoring and promoting an upbeat culture of entrepreneurship.  EDII also carries out a series of activities to strengthen entrepreneurial capacity in investment promotion and trade negotiations. Countries in Asia, Africa, Middle East, East Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean as well as Pacific and Small Island countries have been the beneficiaries. 

Nurturing and propagating entrepreneurship on foreign grounds through awareness generation, education, training, human resource development and institution building has become one of the major development strategies for the Institute.  

Major Highlights:

  • Implementing country focussed programmes in close association with local governments so as to promote New Enterprise Creation, cluster development, women entrepreneurship and human resource who could function as intrapreneurs.
  • Adopting concept-to-completion approach to set up Entrepreneurship Development Centres across the globe. Lao PDR, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar and Uzbekistan already have result-reaping ED centres. More countries in the African region will soon follow suit.
  • Sensitizing governments of several countries on the significance of New Enterprise Creation, enterprise upgradation and investment promotion, and organizing befitting training projects.
  • Under the ITEC division of the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt of India, sharing expertise with developing countries in specialised areas. Officials from Government, Non-Government, Organizations as also Private Institutes are trained every year in various aspects of entrepreneurship and investment promotion.
  • Tied up with Human Resource Development Fund under Ministry of HRD, Malaysia to assist Malaysia Government in ensuring 35% skilled Malaysian workforce by 2020.
  • Implemented projects with support from the World Bank, Commonwealth Secretariat, UNIDO, ILO, FNSt, British Council, Ford Foundation, European Union, ASEAN Secretariat, SDC etc.

The Year 2020 –21:

  • Partnerships will be forged with foreign governments to set up Entrepreneurship Development Centres in the respective country.
  • International capacity building programmes sponsored by ITEC Division of Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India to continue.
  • Collaborations with international institutions for offering entrepreneurship courses.
  • Country-focused programmes will be offered to aid technology transfer and trade facilitation between India and other countries.



  • IDBI supported Karnali project, YES Bank Project, Accenture and HP have brought to light an opportunity for other geographical areas also.
  • Keeping in mind the EDII mandate and relevance to any of the centres would make the CSR projects become effective and thus various training programmes and ideas could emerge. The companies may see alignment with different centres of EDII and we could offer a basket of services to Corporates which could be funded from their CSR budget.
  • Offer new short term and innovative programmes for both CSR and social entrepreneurship
  • Re-launch our existing programmes especially Distance Learning Programme to meet the market demand for social entrepreneurship

Core Activities

  • Skill Development Programme, Karnali - Skill and Capacity Building in Karnali Village.
  • British Council: Mainstreaming Social Entrepreneurship Education - Mainstreaming Social Entrepreneurship in Education
  • IICA Certified course
  • Developing proficiency in implementing CSR projects
  • Swachh Bharat Mission - Create business opportunities and awareness
  • Accenture MEDP's - To develop Micro entrepreneurs among the rural youth and women and help in income generation and employment generation in rural areas. Outcome: Develop 2800 Micro Entrepreneurs, direct employment to 7500 persons and indirect employment to 10,000 persons
  • HP WoW Project (5 Bus + OPEX) - To provide Digital training to the beneficiaries. Ensure that the beneficiaries are digitally trained.
  • Establishment of Centre of Excellence - Provide mentoring support to budding entrepreneurs, incubators.
  • EDII’s CRADLE - Social Entrepreneurship ventures

Programmes and Activities 2020-21

Sr. No. Activity Location Duration Target group Objectives & Outcome
Long-term Programmes/    Projects
5.1 Setting up EDCs in Rwanda/ Uzbekistan/Namibia/Zambia Rwanda/ Uzbekistan/Namibia/Zambia 3 years Existing and potential entrepreneurs in host countries Promoting entrepreneurship and acquainting beneficiaries and entrepreneurship development institutions with various interventions to strengthen the entrepreneurship ecosystem in their country. 
Short-term Programmes/ Projects
5.2 Entrepreneurial Management EDII Campus 8 weeks Policy makers, Business owners, Professionals with Business and Industry, Management Associations, Chambers of Commerce & Industry Develop entrepreneurial capacity among middle level managers and officials so that they can act entrepreneurially in their firms.
5.3 Business Research Methodology & Data Analysis  EDII Campus 8 weeks Entrepreneurs/
Middle & Senior level Executives of SMEs/ Professionals engaged in Small Business Promotion
Enable participants from developing countries to carry out research and improve their proficiency in selection of analytical tools and interpretation of statistical data.
5.4 Entrepreneurship & Small Business Promotion EDII Campus 6 weeks Small Business Counsellors, Entrepreneurship Trainer-Motivators, Small Business Promotion Officers, Bankers/Officials of Financial Institutions Develop a cadre of hardcore professionals who will work for the promotion of economic activities in developing countries.
5.5 Industrial, Infrastructure and Sustainable Project Preparation and Appraisal EDII Campus 6 weeks  Bankers, Business Development Officers of Financial Institutions Enable participants to upgrade appraisal techniques and improve the decision-making process so that there is improved viability and increased returns.
5.6 Cluster Development Executives Training Programme  EDII Campus 6 weeks Senior and Middle Level Professionals/Officials from Ministry/Department of Small and Medium Enterprise, Professionals from Cluster Development Supporting/Implementing Agencies  Capacity building of Cluster Development Executives from developing countries.
5.7 Advanced Business Hindi Certificate Course (ABHC)  EDII Campus 9 months Students A programme designed specially for Chinese students to train them in Business Hindi, and thereby promote the national language along with entrepreneurship education internationally.
5.8 Programme for Technology transfer with Israel  EDII Campus 7 days Entrepreneurs/
Middle & Senior level Executives of SMEs/ Professionals 
The programme will focus on transferring technology from Israel for improving competitiveness of Indian MSMEs.
5.9 Cluster Twinning/ Heritage Cluster Overseas 7 days MSME Clusters Link Indian Clusters with Clusters in Mekong-Ganga Cooperation (MGC) Region.


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Policy Advocacy

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  • Trained a sizeable number of participants from the Greater Mekong Sub Region (GMS) ensuring that the entrepreneurial potential of the region is unleashed for promotion of development and trade.
  • Set up Entrepreneurship Development Centres (EDCs) in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar & Vietnam and work is in progress towards establishing such EDCs in Uzbekistan, Rwanda and four other selected African Countries.
  • Conducted 10 Entrepreneur Trainer-Motivators' Programmes under the support of Commonwealth Secretariat.  A cadre of 178 Resource Persons has been instituted.
  • Implemented projects with support from the World Bank, Commonwealth Secretariat, UNIDO, ILO, FNSt, British Council, Ford Foundation, European Union, ASEAN Secretariat, SDC etc.
  • Has emerged as an International Resource Centre and a Centre of Excellence as declared by the United Nations Economic and Political Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Bangkok, Thailand.
  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) set up its first overseas centre, the Inter Regional Centre in Entrepreneurship, at EDII under which entrepreneurship was institutionalized through training of resource persons, entrepreneurs, support system officials and by setting up of ED centres.
  • Since 2001-02, organizing International Capacity Building Programs under ITEC, Ministry of External Affairs, GoI. Grooms close to 400 international delegates annually.
  • Institutionalized entrepreneurship education in technical and vocational streams in developing economies
  • Conducted 4 programmes for Instructors' Training Centre (ITC) - The Vocational Training Organisation (TVTO), Iran, to institute a cadre of 120 resource persons to institutionalize entrepreneurship in Iran.

Future Plans

  • ACCESS TO FUNDERS FOR GOOD IDEAS/POTENTIAL SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS: We are applying to donors for establishing an Idea Bank/Crowd Sourcing and applying to funders who could fund these ideas. The centre would act as a bridge between the donors and the idea. It would facilitate and train the potential entrepreneurs by creating a mentor group through EDII’s offices, CRADLE and partners across the country.
  • GAIN APPROPRIATE AFFILIATION FOR DIPLOMA IN SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP: EDII has already graduated 10 batches of students in its diploma in social entrepreneurship. We intend to relaunch it.
  • WORK WITH INDIAN INSTITUTE OF CORPORATE AFFAIRS (IICA): Several activities, including studies are planned. Amongst a wide range of topics, energy efficiency, environment, social empowerment, public health and education have been identified as areas of focus. We are also identified as Master Trainers for the CSR professional training course under IICA. This has helped us create a space in the growing CSR network.
  • KNOWLEDGE PARTNER FOR AASHRAY INCUBATION CENTER FOR GRASSROOT TECHNOLOGY PROJECTS OF SOCIAL IMPACT: EDII has signed an MOU with Ashoka Trust & Saath Livelihoods to be the Knowledge Partner for their ‘AASHRAY’ Techno-social Incubator in Ahmedabad. As knowledge partner, EDII would provide training, mentoring and library support to the incubatees registering with the Incubator.
  • PLAN TO UNDERTAKE RESEARCH: For the next three several research studies have been proposed under the centre for the purpose of contributing to knowledge generation in the field of Social Entrepreneurship and CSR.

Sanjay Pal

Area Of Apecification : Rural Marketing

Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India

(Via Ahmedabad Airport & Indira Bridge), P.O. Bhat 382 428, Dist. Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India.


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