Programme profile

Enterprise Partners - part of Private Enterprise Programme Ethiopia (PEPE)

Programme Index Listing

Main implementer
Other implementers
First Consult Ethiopia / ITAD UK / Enclude NL / BCaD
2014 - 2020
Total budget
£69.9 million
Annual budget
£11.6 million avg
Results and reviews
Annual review 2017
Midterm evaluation 2018

Project description / objective

Enterprise Partners facilitates agro-industrial growth and enables access to finance in Ethiopia. The project aims to achieve job and income opportunities for poor people, particularly women. The planned impact is to create 45,000 jobs (75 per cent women) and increase the incomes of 65,000 poor households.

Enterprise Partners is using the Making Markets Work for the Poor approach (M4P). It will identify key constraints and develop socially and environmentally responsible strategies working with industry actors to introduce new business models. This will lead to a better business enabling environment and investment generation in Ethiopia; creating job and income opportunities for poor.

By 2020 the project aims to:

  • generate £88 million in sales
  • generate £255 million in investment
  • create 45,000 formal jobs
  • increase the income of 65,000 people

Market system focus


To strengthen market systems in three priority Government of Ethiopia sectors:

  1. Cotton, Textile and Apparel
  2. Leather and Livestock
  3. Fruits and Vegetables

Access to finance

To strengthen financial systems in Ethiopia for increased financial inclusion of the poor into the formal system.
To enable investment for SMEs and large enterprises.

Programme interventions

Agro-industry sample activities

  • Cotton, Textile and Apparel
    Improve labour market system and cotton production to create a sustainable industry with strong backward linkages.
    Support Government of Ethiopia’s flagship Hawassa industrial park which will create 60,000 jobs in the Apparel sector.
  • Leather and Livestock
    Increase finishing capacity of tanneries and produce high value leather products to increase export.
  • Fruits and Vegetables
    Increase national production of fruits and vegetables from highly productive farms using quality inputs (seed, seedlings etc).

Access to finance sample activities

  • SME Finance
    Provide technical assistance and finance (World bank credit line) to banks, microfinance institutions, leasing companies and the Development Bank of Ethiopia to support SMEs who are women-owned or contributing to industrial growth.
  • Investments
    Promote foreign direct investment and private equity capital investment, especially in priority agro-industrial sectors.

Further information on interventions can be found at

Notable results (systemic change, poverty impact)

  • 57 interventions launched
  • 33 innovations introduced
  • 192 organisations innovating
  • 8 rules changed
  • £4.8 million in sales generated
  • £250 million in investments generated
  • 6,173 women-owned businesses have benefited from access to loans and business development services
  • 15,962 jobs supported (82 per cent women)

(programme information updated June 2018)