Support to small urban enterprises

70 %

des personnes bénéficiaires de la formation épargnent et préparent le développement de leur entreprise, six mois après la fin de la formation.

90 %

des personnes bénéficiaires de la formation utilisent au moins un outil de gestion, six mois après la fin de la formation.

Small informal businesses, artisans, traders and local services represent the main pool of employment and form the principal source of revenue for millions of people (90% of jobs created between 1990 and 2000 in Africa were informal businesses, according to the International Labour Organisation). However, these small businesses are fragile and without support they have little chance of survival or growth.

This is why, since the end of the nineties, IECD with its partners has put in place a programme of Support to Small Enterprises which assists the beneficiaries, heads of small business or start-up entrepreneurs, to strengthen their management skills in order to consolidate and expand their business. Over time, these successful companies generate more stable incomes and create jobs. They contribute to improving the living conditions of the entrepreneur, his/her family and employees.

IECD and our partners focus on management skills and the ability of the entrepreneur to develop his/her business, through training and a personalised follow-up. An initial training programme allows for the response to the needs of active entrepreneurs (Basic Management Training – BMT) or those who wish to develop their own business (Start-Up Training – SUT). These training programmes include many hours of personal guidance, up to one year after classroom sessions have ended. This support plays an essential role in the appropriation of concepts and management tools by entrepreneurs (see adjacent sketch).

After this, the beneficiaries have the opportunity to join one of the Entrepreneurs Clubs, where themed evenings, specialised training (management, marketing, accounting-finance and IT) is proposed, personalised advice and access to computers is available. The Club allows people to meet, and favours the creation of a network for the beneficiaries who are often professionally isolated.


2015 results:

  • More than 3,000 male and female entrepreneurs were trained in the 17 Training and Services Centres and six mobile units.
  • Six months after the end of the training:
    • 83% of the beneficiaries use at least one management tool (cashbook, stock cards etc.) compared to 25% on sign-up.
    • 77% of the beneficiaries have personal or professional savings and are working on developing their business, compared to 50% on sign-up.
    • 21% of the small enterprises have created at least one job six months after the end of the training.