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Training Opportunity for Emerging Entrepreneurs

The Basic Entrepreneurial Skills Development (BESD) programme is an initiative to promote business skills training for emerging entrepreneurs in the informal sector. The Basic Entrepreneurial Development (BESD) project aims to improve the prospects for more sustainable livelihoods of self-employed and employed persons in the informal economy through skills development.

In 2014/15 almost 200 trainers/coaches completed their own training in preparation for them training self-employed persons (business owners) in the informal economy.

Related to earlier pilot programmes until 2011 under the Department of Labour, following the same approach, surveys among participating business owners (based on 20% samples), show between 60% and 80% of them reporting higher turnover, 40% to 75% investing in new equipment and 50% to 60% increasing their range of products and/or services. On average, one new job was created per business. During those pilots about 100 trainers/coaches and around 800 business owners were trained.

The BESD programme is a joint initiative of the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda), the Department of Higher Education and Training's National Skills Fund and Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Inernationale (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Government


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