A road to building the capacity of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in Ethiopia

News | 21 March 2022
ADAMA (ILO News) – The ILO ProAgro Project, funded by the Special Initiative on Training and Job Creation of Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), aims to support job creation, enterprise development and formalisation in the agribusiness sector in Ethiopia.

The project during its inception phase conducted a Market System Analyses (MSAs) for the fruits and vegetables, edible oil and poultry sectors in Amhara and Sidama regions and identified major constraints resulting in sector’s poor competitiveness and lack of quality opportunities for workers, low farm productivity and production, poor factory and farm working conditions.

In response to the recommendations of the MSAs, the ProAgro Project organized a Training of Trainers (ToT) on ILO Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB) from 21 – 25 March 2022 at Adama, Ethiopia to build the capacity of national and regional experts to cascade the training to enterprises, zonal and woreda level experts, and entrepreneurs.

SIYB is a management training programme with a focus on starting and improving small businesses as a strategy for creating more and better employment for women and men.

The objective of the five-day TOT workshop is to:
• Explain the SIYB programme methodology and the four components i.e. Generate Your Business (GYB), Start Your Business (SYB), Improve Your Business (IYB), and Expand Your Business (EYB) which are designed to respond to the progressive stages of business development
• Provide an in-depth understanding of the GYB and SYB module content
• Develop the ability of TOT participants to deliver GYB and SYB training to entrepreneurs

Participants of the workshop are 29 experts (8 female and 21 male) from enterprise development bureaus in Amhara and Sidama Regions of Ethiopia, TVET college instructors and experts from Ethiopian Enterprise Development and Entrepreneurship Development Centre.

ILO is conducting this ToT as per the MSAs recommendations to build the capacity of national and regional training experts from government partners and other service providers on specialised ILO tools for improving Small and Medium Enterprises’ (SMEs) business management skills. The application of these tools will play a key role in enhancing the capacity of SMEs and entrepreneurs in terms of business skills and management aspects.

At the end of the ToT, participants will draft an action plan on how to deliver the training with entrepreneurs in their respective regions.