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KCDP Launches Report on Training for Sustainable Businesses in Africa

KCDP in collaboration with Strathmore Business School launched the Micro and Small Enterprises Post-Training Impact Report titled: Training for Sustainable Businesses in Africa on 28th July 2016 at Strathmore University, Nairobi.
KCDP Launches Report on Training for Sustainable Businesses in Africa

Dr. Bitange Ndemo delivers his keynote address

KCDP in collaboration with Strathmore Business School launched the Micro and Small Enterprises Post-Training Impact Report titled: Training for Sustainable Businesses in Africa on 28th July 2016 at Strathmore University, Nairobi.

The partnership through a shared objective of promoting the development of micro, small and medium enterprises through provision of business management and financial literacy has been able to bridge the ever widening gap between business practice and knowledge skills.

Through KCDP’s partner implementing agency- Coast Development Authority (CDA), a total of 500 micro and small enterprises practitioners have been trained over the past three years. This was achieved through the adoption of training of trainers teaching model, the micro and small enterprise training has been able to impact all counties in the Coastal region of Kenya.  Consequently, the number of trained practitioners has significantly improved over the years, from the initial 453 trainees to over 1,300.

This achievement has enabled entrepreneurs like Ms Mary Akumu of Almary Business Enterprises move from rearing simple domestic chicken to a managing a huge enterprise in the hatchery business that supplies the entire Taita Taveta County with chicks.

“The major challenge we continue to observe with the micro and small enterprises is not a concept of illiteracy, but rather, a concept of accessing quality education that is both practical and relevant to enhancing growth and productivity. Technical schools and institutions of higher learning must make a connection between the abilities of the mind and that of the hands,” Dr. George Njenga, Dean, Strathmore Business School remarked in his speech.

Dr. Renison Ruwa KMFRI Deputy Director for Marine and Coastal Systems noted that the support to business ventures and implementation of community projects under the community development fund Hazina ya Maendeleo ya Pwani has greatly impacted on the social and economic well-being of the coastal people. “The partnership with Strathmore University was strategic and its successful implementation has resulted in the transformational effects on the business lives of entrepreneurs. I am therefore, looking forward to improving this partnership. This is more so given the fisheries resource endowment in the coast region which has the potential of transforming the economy of the region through development of strategic partnerships.”

The launch was graced by notable players in the industry and speakers such as Dr. Bitange Ndemo, Associate Professor University of Nairobi and former Minister of Information and Communication, Dr. Jacqueline Uku, KCDP Manager, Dr. Mohamed K. Hassan, Managing Director, Coast Development Authority and Ms, Maria Pauline Mogollon, Senior Private Sector Development Specialist, World Bank.

Dr. Bitange’s keynote address themed: The role of micro and small enterprises in the growth of the economy explored the role of research in informing training models and the role of institutions in reaching out to the most vulnerable groups. He stressed that: “Transforming people requires stepping out of the ivory towers and beginning to work with the people on the ground.” Dr. Ndemo also put emphasis on the need for micro and small enterprises to think about reaching a wider market by accelerating their businesses through visibility. “We must begin to shift the cultural make-up of our people regarding how they conduct businesses from the thinking of “peasant mentality”, into a “business mentality” where they provide products and services to a larger market.”

Dr. Mohamed K. Hassan, Managing Director, Coast Development Authority said, “The skills and experiences the SMEs acquired from this intervention have proven more appropriate to the current business environment and I appeal to the entrepreneurs to continue utilising them in their businesses while providing technical support to the grass root partners helping us realise multiplier effects of this intervention. CDA is committed in supporting SMEs within the context of KCDP and even beyond as a strategy of promoting sustainable businesses.”

Speaking of the impact of the training, Dr. Jacqueline Uku mentioned the significance of government bodies in engaging pace setters in the business industry and respective fields in order to achieve the best results. “Engaging institutions of higher learning whose repute are in training does not only affirm the need to forge strategic partnerships, but to also engage members of the academia in research and in bridging the knowledge – skills set gap.”

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