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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EfD is recruiting an Executive Manager

EfD is dually recruiting for a part-time Executive Manager to identify and screen new opportunities and proposals, and manage grants to support development of early stage social enterprises in sub-Saharan Africa.

Duties may be performed remotely but regular travel to London is required.

Further information is contained within the job description here.

Applicants are requested to send a CV with covering letter to Keith Palmer (Chair of Trustees) at

EfD renews commitment to Jacaranda Health

EfD has recently renewed its commitment to Jacaranda Health, a non-profit social enterprise, to support the business to become a regional hub for quality improvement in maternal and newborn health.

Jacaranda Health is one of the highest quality maternity providers in East Africa, as demonstrated by its recent award for SafeCare Level 5 certification, making it one of only three facilities in Africa to achieve this distinction.

EfD’s resources are being utilised to support the creation of a set of papers, light-weight tools and checklists that distill key lessons from Jacaranda’s model, which can be used in the expansion and dissemination of the model (either for knowledge sharing and technical assistance, or through management partnerships with other private sector players) with the intention to serve the public good by spreading Jacaranda’s expertise for the improvement in quality of maternal healthcare for women in Africa.

EfD’s case study provides an overview of the Jacaranda Health business model, how the business has grown to date, and how it intends to scale up over the coming years.

See here for more information.

Agricultural Growth and Poverty Reduction in Africa: The Case for Patient Capital

This paper explains the rationale for patient capital and how it can be deployed to support growth of sustainable agriculture and generate major benefits for rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa.

EfD is supporting the expansion of TIST

TIST (The International Small Group and Tree Planting Programme) engages small groups of subsistence farmers in improving their farms including the planting and maintenance of trees. The carbon captured in these trees is quantified and certified greenhouse gas credits are sold through the global carbon market, with the farmers receiving 70% of the profits. The model offers a sustainable and scalable model to improve the livelihoods of subsistence farmers, while improving biodiversity and reversing the effects of deforestation.

EfD is providing technical support for the expansion of the TIST model within sub-Saharan Africa over the next five years.

More information on TIST and the proposed expansion can be accessed here.

Interested parties are welcome to contact EfD.

EfD announces support for techfortrade’s Open Book Trading initiative

EfD has agreed to support the continued expansion of the Open Book Trading initiative, an online trading service for agricultural produce.

See here for more information.