9 February 2017
It is common knowledge that businesses contribute positively to national and global economies. Their role in supporting growth, creating jobs and generating income makes them indispensable. But, how do support organizations of developing countries in general, and Burkina Faso in particular, work towards enhancing the development of small and medium-sized enterprises that seek to mainly address social and environmental issues in their activities? SEED and Afrik Eveil Foundation organized a "Training of Trainers" in Ouagadougou, targeting about 20 Business Development Service (BDS) providers from Burkina Faso from January 31 to February 3, 2017. This training aimed at equipping participants with necessary tools to support the development of businesses with a triple bottom line (social, environmental and economic) objective. For four days, participants at the workshop received free training on a set of tools developed by SEED and on networking.
Mr. Eric Elisée Somda, a Business Development Service provider, clearly expresses his satisfaction in the following words: "It was a very rewarding experience to explore successful social and environmental business models and acquire the necessary tools (value proposition, network analysis and market analysis tools, Pitching, value chain analysis, Triple Bottom Line or Triple result, etc.) for eco-business development".
Background to the training
This training is part of the SWITCH Africa Green multi-country project implemented by SEED in partnership with African organizations, including Afrik Eveil. Funded by the European Union, this project involves six (6) African countries, namely, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa and Uganda. Among others, the project aims to promote the conditions for eco-entrepreneurship through improved and environmentally friendly business development services.
It should be recalled that SEED was founded in 2002 by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). It supports the growth of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) with a triple bottom line (social, environmental and economic) objective in emerging or developing countries in order to achieve sustainable local development.
What is the contribution of Afrik Eveil?
Headquartered in Ouagadougou, Afrik Eveil is represented in many countries in Africa, Europe, North America and Asia. The foundation currently supports initiatives in renewable energy, agri-food sector, waste management and eco-tourism in Burkina Faso and Ghana. In these various countries, Afrik Eveil provides startups with a collaborative workspace and network. It also fosters entrepreneurial and management skills of SMEs through practical training, mentoring, coaching and networking. As with trainings conducted in Ghana in 2016, Afrik Eveil was mandated by SEED to conduct this training and many others in Burkina Faso in 2017.