How We Partner
Village Enterprise Extend uses a tailored approach to working with partners to adapt, adopt and implement our cost-effective, evidence-based Graduation model throughout Africa. Ideal partners are Governments and NGOs with the passion and potential to implement livelihood programs that provide individuals with a sustainable pathway out of poverty in rural Africa. In addition, we are looking for donors committed to funding this vision.
Village Enterprise Extend evaluates potential partnership opportunities by assessing:
- Alignment of poverty alleviation goals
- Management structure
- Financial and HR competencies
- Current community relationship(s)
- Existing and planned areas of operation
- Geographic feasibility
- Quality of monitoring and evaluation systems
We are currently looking for multiyear Extend engagements that will begin as two to three-year pilot with the intent to scale to multiple regions within the pilot country, or to additional countries.
After a thorough assessment to ensure organizational capacity and mission alignment, Village Enterprise and its partners engage in leadership workshops to co-design strategic direction and processes. Tools and resources are then adapted and developed to fit the local context and organizational needs, which are transferred to partners during on-site Extend advisory placements and through ongoing support and peer learning visits.
Current Extend Partners
Funded by the Arcus Foundation, Village Enterprise partners with African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), the leading international conservation organization focused solely on Africa, in a dual mission to improve the livelihoods of residents in the Lomako area while protecting the Bonobo population. Bonobos, only found in the DRC, are humankind’s closest living relative and are threatened due to poverty and conflict that fuel the hunting of wild animals for food. The Extend team is working closely with AWF to adapt the Village Enterprise Graduation model based on local needs and to build staff capacity to implement a pilot to equip 720 new business owners with the knowledge and tools needed launch 240 sustainable, income generating microenterprises.
“Village Enterprise’s proven track record of training the ultra-poor to start businesses in highly sensitive conservation areas gives us confidence that this collaboration will increase both income and savings of local residents and support the long-term protection of the bonobos.”
– Jef Dupain, Director DRC at African Wildlife Foundation
Join our Current & Past Partners in the quest to end poverty.
Current Partnership Opportunities
If your organization is interested in implementing the Village Enterprise Graduation approach, and fits the above-mentioned criteria, please contact us.
ARCUS FOUNDATION | AFRICA WILDLIFE FOUNDATION | FHI360 | GENEVA GLOBAL | LWALA COMMUNITY ALLIANCE | MERCY CORPS | USAID | WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY
BAIN & CO | DFID | IDINSIGHT | IMPACT MATTERS | INNOVATIONS FOR POVERTY ACTION (IPA) | INSTIGLIO | SPRING IMPACT| TAROWORKS | USAID DIV