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Sectors: Co-op & Development, Economy - Finances, SME Policy, Trade

Beneficiaries: Corporations

Regions: Africa-Carribean-Pacific, European Union

Category: Call for proposals

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Funds for: Contributing to the improved competitiveness and export capacity of Medium, Small and Micro Enterprises in selected value chains for sustainable growth and job creation
Main beneficiaries: CSOs, private sector operators, public bodies, international organisations

Responsible: European Commission

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Funds for: Contributing to the improved competitiveness and export capacity of Medium, Small and Micro Enterprises in selected value chains for sustainable growth and job creation
Main beneficiaries: CSOs, private sector operators, public bodies, international organisations

Priorities and funded actions:

Objectives
* To contribute to the improved competitiveness and export capacity of Medium, Small and Micro Enterprises (MSMEs) in selected value chains for sustainable growth and job creation;
* To support the Business Support Organisations (BSOs) to improve their service delivery to their members;
* To support selected MSME value chains for improved production and export performance

Priorities
* BSO focus:
– Development of institutional capacity of BSO to carry out their mandates of giving improved business development services to their membership and for enhanced public-private policy dialogue;
– Promotion of business linkages and market access, partnerships, backward and forward collaboration along the value chains including business incubation facilities, promoting collaboration of export institutions, trade promotion bodies, commodity associations and quality control and certification institutions including promoting business linkages between formal and informal businesses;
– Providing training to members including on entrepreneurship and skills development

* Value chain focus
– Improvement of productive capacity, quality, economic, social and environmental sustainability across the selected value chains to include appropriate production processes and technologies, quality assurance, compliance with both regional and international quality standards, regulations and certification requirements, environment protection/green economy, gender equity and good labor practices;
– Address coordination constraints to facilitate linkages/cooperation among various actors and stages of the value chains (input supply, production, processing, marketing, distribution and selling to end users);
– Facilitating and promoting market access at the national, regional and international level including to the European Union under the favourable terms of the IEPA 

Among financed actions
* Institutional and capacity building for enhancing policy dialogue;
* Engagement related activities (e.g. Financial and technical support to engage other stakeholders involved in economic, trade and trade – related policy formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation;
* Execution of training which may cover good practice production methods (cleaner and low carbon production), quality, standards, certification, sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures, It may also cover improved knowledge of export logistics, financing for export, trade development and market access, resource mobilisation;
* Demonstration related activities. To cover relevant trade fairs, field-to-field demonstration, practical learning tours, local and international, exhibitions and international fairs;
* Business linkages and market access activities – Partnerships, backward and forward collaboration along the value chain including business incubation facilities. Linkage with commodity associations, quality control, certification bodies and organised and informal value chain clusters, including facilitating collaboration with rural – based enterprises;
* Support with measures that promote sustainable development (Smart agriculture, climate and environment protection including principles of green production and job creation, gender, HIV/AIDS mainstreaming;
* Incorporating women and youth programmes in all the levels of a value chain

Additional information
* This call for proposals is a restricted call for proposals

* Initial duration of the action: between 36 and 42 months

* Eligibility:
– Be a legal person;
– Be a specific type of organisation such as: Civil Society Organisations, private sector operators and their associations, public bodies and international (inter-governmental) organisation;
– Be established in Zimbabwer or in countries eligible under the EDF;
– Have demonstrated capacity and experience in the last three years of managing actions in the same sector and of a comparable scale to the one for which a grant is being requested

– Lead applicant may act individually or with co-applicants

– Actions must take place in Zimbabwe