On behalf of the UNDP, Nathan Associates London helped Malawis Ministry of Industry and Trade formulate a five-year private sector development program to transform the private sector into the engine of economic growth, consistent with the countrys growth and development strategy. We

  • Prioritized areas of intervention for strengthening the private sector.
  • Identified ways to structure the interventions.
  • Consulted with business organisations, progressive businesses and commercial banks, as well as the Government of Malawi.
  • Designed a unitary governance structure with incentives for program implementation and accountability.
  • Defined a framework for delivering results.
  • Established a monitoring and evaluation framework.

We designed program activities with five results in mind:

  1. Better private sector policies and institutions. Activities included supporting development of a national export strategy; surveying MSMEs; strengthening public institutions that support the private sector; and building MOITs capacity to plan and implement private sector-led economic growth projects.
  2. Greater entrepreneurial capacity. Activities included providing business to business linkage services to SMEs and establishing a mentoring and counselling facility.
  3. More inclusive and competitive value chains (pulses and edible oils).
  4. Better SME access to finance. The main activity is to establish a revolving fund for long-term finance and give commercial banks an incentive to deepen services to SMEs.
  5. Stronger standards, quality assurance, accreditation and metrology (SQAM) infrastructure.

Details

Office

London

Client

Government of Malawi

Dates

2011 - 2011

Country

Malawi

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