Enterprise Competitiveness and Job Creation

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are engines of growth that play a catalytic role in economic growth and community revitalization. Our extensive experience in developing economies across the globe has proven that SMEs in high-potential sectors can rapidly increase productivity, stimulate sales, and generate jobs.

We have implemented over 600 economic growth projects in over 75 countries with a successful track record deploying enterprise competitiveness programs. Our buyer-led strategy incorporates employment generation, workforce development, and access to finance initiatives, as well as work with government and other stakeholders to improve the chances of SME success.

We rigorously monitor and evaluate our SME and job growth programs, leveraging project data to improve internal information flows and decision-making. We develop operational and informational feedback loops that allow projects to rapidly respond to new information.

Areas of Expertise: 

  • Access to Finance
  • Agribusiness Development 
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship 
  • Small and Medium-Sized business development 
  • Value Chain and Market Systems Development 
  • Workforce Development








Waad Mahmoud

“Thanks to this loan, I can hire more people, farm larger plots of land, and have a more comfortable life. I used to hire about seven workers; now, I can hire 15 to 20. My children used to work on the farm, but now they are able to go back to school.”

– Ahmed Ali Al-Qubatiri, Yemen
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Cross-Cutting Activities

We amplify our impact through a range of cross-cutting activities.

Knowledge Management

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning

Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment