Promoting socially and environmentally sustainable social enterprise


Generating major pro-poor benefits especially for smallholder farmers

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Improving affordable access to healthcare for poor people

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Improving access to affordable infrastructure services for poor people

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Adoption of new technologies to improve livelihoods

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Enterprise for Development Covid-19 Update

With the spread of Covid-19 we face challenging times both in our home base in the UK and in our African countries of operation.

The Board of Trustees and staff have already successfully transitioned to an on-line operational model to maintain our levels of engagement and support to our grantees, and will maintain full operations supporting disbursements and payments.  Whilst we anticipate that we may be affected by periods of operational resource constraints, we are and will continue to be open for new grant opportunities.   The situation will be reviewed regularly and any changes to our availability will be posted here.

Enterprise for Development’s work promoting socially and environmentally sustainable social enterprise, and providing hands-on support to establish and develop commercial-scale health and agribusinesses in Sub Saharan Africa will be more important than ever.  We will strive to maximise our impact and value add by working with grantees to navigate the challenging times ahead.  Wishing everyone safe and healthy passage.

Further information is available in the following links.


Public Health England

Jacaranda Health

Penda Health

Why private finance is not filling the electricity supply funding gap in sub-Saharan Africa

Keith Palmer challenges the conventional view that the way to increase electricity consumption and grid access is to invest more in generating capacity regardless of cost.

The paper shows that consumption of electricity and grid access are constrained by lack of demand, the result of high billing costs and low incomes of the vast majority. The high cost of IPP capacity contracted over recent decades has increased billing costs in most countries, reducing household consumption and ability to access the grid.

If consumption and access are to increase more rapidly and better environmental outcomes are to be achieved then actions will be needed to drive down generation costs and increase the share of renewables in generation portfolios and stimulate more investment by priority business customers by reducing the cost and improving the reliability of their electricity supply.

The paper can be accessed here.

Keith is EfD’s Chair of Trustees.

Discussion paper: Why are sub-Saharan economies not growing sustainably?

Keith Palmer’s most recent discussion paper focuses on why sub-Saharan economies are not growing sustainably.

High GDP growth rates sustained across sub-Saharan Africa throughout the 2000-2012 “long decade” led some to claim that a process of economic transformation took place across the continent. However, the reality was very different with strong external drivers and weak domestic policy responses causing a deterioration in the competitiveness of agribusiness and manufacturing.

A breakdown in the favourable external environment since 2013 has exposed the need for major policy shifts, beyond simply restoring macro-economic balance. However, this will only be possible when host governments fully appreciate the nature and magnitude of the challenges their economies face and are willing to effect the necessary changes. At present too many have looked at the headline GDP growth rates and assumed wrongly that all is well.

The paper can be accessed here.

Keith is EfD’s Chair of Trustees.

EfD announces support for Penda Health

Penda Health is a for-profit social enterprise that operates multiple health facilities in and around Nairobi that provide high-quality comprehensive primary healthcare services for poor and hard to reach populations.

EfD’s support is targeted at supporting the development of an ‘impact-led’ electronic medical records (EMR) system that will facilitate improved patient reporting, staff workflow and improve the quality of patient care and patient safety.
The system will allow for a more standardised delivery of patient care across Penda’s increasing number of facilities, and an improved ability to measure quality and to design trainings based on quality data.

See here for more information.

EfD announces support for One Family Health (OFH)

EfD recently agreed to provide support for the expansion of the One Family Health (OFH) model.

OFH establishes primary healthcare clinics in areas of need in the developing world, bringing essential medicines and healthcare services to the most vulnerable and underprivileged. Clinics are established using micro-enterprise and franchise business principles to create opportunities for trained qualified nurses to own and operate their primary healthcare clinics under a franchise model, improving their economic status and access to other opportunities. OFH supports franchisees by supporting access to financing, enhancing their business acumen and furthering their capacity to organise and manage their business. Franchisees are trained to manage their finances and personnel, medicine stocks, patient health records and interactions with health authorities.

To date, OFH has established more than 100 primary healthcare clinics in Rwanda, and has treated over 1.2 million patients. EfD is providing targeted support to attract funding to: (a) further scale the model within Rwanda; and (b) replicate the model in other countries in sub-Saharan Africa where there is significant potential.

See here for more information.