Further development and roll-out of the WIDU platform to promote micro and small enterprises in Africa by leveraging diaspora money transfers

The project “Promoting employment in the informal sector by scaling up diaspora cash transfers”, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, contributes to improving the employment and income situation in Ghana, Cameroon, Kenya, Ethiopia, Togo and other countries. Start-ups and micro-entrepreneurs are supported through improved access to finance through the matching of diaspora cash transfer with public funds and entrepreneurial skills building. The objectives are to create jobs, increase income and improve skills of entrepreneurs. 

OUR CONTRIBUTION

We advised the WIDU project on its operations and roll-out to other countries and trained local organisations for setting up a coaching process that will eventually benefit the entrepreneurs. Advisory and training services included: 

  1. A review and upgrade of WIDU’s operations in Ghana and Cameroon and process design for the WIDU roll-out in Ethiopia, Kenya and Togo
  2. An assessment of financial service providers and systems to improve international and domestic remittances within Ethiopia and Togo
  3. Trainings of coaches and development of guidelines for training micro and small enterprises to implement investment plans. 
  4. Preparation and implementation of a Rigorous Impact Evaluation using quasi-experimental approaches

FACTS & FIGURES

Country/countries  Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Togo
Thematic area Entrepreneurship & Investment
Duration 06/2020 – 06/2021 
Client Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Website www.widu.africa