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Private Sector Development (Including Agriculture)

IPE Global works with businesses, market intermediaries and policy makers to drive inclusive growth and market based approaches to reduce poverty in developing countries and fragile states. Our approach recognises the primary importance of the private sector in providing solutions to stimulate economic transformation and productive employment for men and women equally, to promote social inclusion and women’s economic empowerment, as well as innovating for climate change adaptation & resilience.

We have specific strengths in qualitative, quantitative research and analysis including market assessments, feasibility studies, value for money assessments, gender and social inclusion reviews & audits and the design of measurement systems & frameworks. We mainstream gender and social inclusion into all aspects of our work. IPE Global has a strong track record in designing, implementing and measuring the impact of enterprise challenge funds which support businesses to develop innovative solutions to problems faced by poor people (men and women) in low-income countries.  We have also worked with a number of programmes to apply the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED) Results Measurement Standard, a framework tailored to measuring the impact of private sector development programmes in reducing poverty and promoting inclusive growth. 

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  • Asia: Asian Development Bank: Capacity Development for Public Private Partnerships (PPP), Maldives (2010)

    IPE Global assisted the Government of Maldives in (i) identifying sectors and areas where public-private partnership (PPP) can be introduced for the provision of infrastructure and services, and assessing the potential of enlarging the scope of PPP; (ii) developing frameworks for promoting enabling environment for greater private sector participation (PSP) and PPP, involving restructuring of sector structure, policy, institutional, and organisational aspects; (iii) developing framework for financing project preparation and development on PPP basis; and (iv) developing capacity within the Government to identify, evaluate, prepare, and procure projects on PPP basis.

  • DFID: Design of a DFID Challenge Fund to Support Arab Women Entrepreneurs (AWEF), Middle East and North Africa (2013-2014)

    The Arab Women's Enterprise Fund (AWEF) aimed to address barriers to women's economic inclusion in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. IPE Triple Line designed a programme to support women entrepreneurship in Middle East region including activities to support greater access and improved working conditions for women in employment in the small and medium enterprise sector, to ensure sustained impacts on women's lives. 

  • DFID India: Design and implementation of UK-India Infrastructure Technical Cooperation Facility (2014-17)

    DFID India is contributing to the creation of an Infrastructure Technical Co-operation Facility to strengthen the business environment for private sector participation in infrastructure. IPE Global is responsible for designing and implementing a programme of support in the areas of regulation and policy, capacity and knowledge building. The support involves the preparation of analytical think pieces, support to stakeholder dialogues and workshops, development of policy products and capacity development.

  • World Bank: Somalia Small & Medium Enterprise Facility (SMEF) (2016-2019)

    SMEF’s mandate is to provide technical assistance (TA), training and business development services (BDS) to private entrepreneurs and their employees, ultimately seeking to promote the development of SMEs throughout the Somali Peninsula. SMEF is also managing a pilot scheme in Somaliland - the Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Project (STEP) - which seeks to develop sustainable self-employment and market access for female youth. IPE Africa has developed a process to monitor progress of business start-up and growth; established and is managing a fully integrated monitoring and evaluation system on SMEF performance; and, has been conducting regular evaluations, reporting and audits as required.

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