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Private Sector Development (Inc. Agriculture)

IPE Global works with businesses, market intermediaries and policy makers to drive inclusive growth and market based approaches to reducing 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 and resilience. Our work focuses in three main areas:

  • We work in partnership with businesses to improve their access to markets and finance, develop inclusive business strategies, get their goods to market and measure their impact. Our support helps ensure the sustainability of business as an agent of development and the inclusion of poor people in supply chains.

  • We work with donors and the private sector to support market intermediaries in accessing the finance, information and skills they need to transform how markets work.

  • We work with governments, donor agencies and the private sector to improve the business environment, attract investment, design and implement economic policy and create the right frameworks for public private partnerships to improve infrastructure and service delivery.

We have specific strengths in qualitative, quantitative research and analysis including market assessments, feasibility studies, value for money assessments, gender and social inclusion reviews and audits, and the design of measurement systems and frameworks. We mainstream gender and social inclusion into all aspects of our work.  IPE Global also 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. In particular, we 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.

IPE Global has carried out assignments focused on the private sector for donors including DFID, World Bank, IFC, the MasterCard Foundation, the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development, the EBRD, Sida, AusAID, UNDP, European Commission and USAID. Private sector clients have included oil and gas companies, food retail companies, telecoms investors, investment banks and private investors, as well as financing facilities such as the Vumelana Advisory Fund and AgDevCo.

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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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