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Private Sector Association Development

Position: Technical Expert

Funding Organization: USAID

Implementing Organization:

  • International Executive Service Corp (IESC)

  • International City/County Management Association (ICMA)

  • Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA)

Program: Feed the Future Tanzania Enabling Growth through Investment and Enterprise Program (ENGINE)

Direct Report: Faith Patrick, Deputy Chief of Party, ENGINE Program

Project Duration: 6 Weeks

Project Location: Mbeya, Morogoro and Iringa, Republic of Tanzania

Program Summary:

The USAID funded ENGINE Program works at the Local Government level, using a broad-based approach to engage with Local Government Authorities (LGAs), private sector associations, business development service providers, financial institutions and small and medium enterprises. The program’s activities are divided into three main components: 

  • Component 1: Implement policies for growth. Build the capacity of the private sector to effectively dialogue with the government to set the policy agenda and improve the capacity of the public sector to implement policies. 

 

  • Component 2: Equip businesses for growth. Strengthen SME capacity and foster the growth and capacity of a sustainable market for business development services in Tanzania. 

 

  • Component 3: Access to finance for growth. Broaden access to finance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), especially women and youth entrepreneurs and those working within agricultural value chains, to facilitate increased investment and growth. 

 

Project Summary:

Facilitated an organizational improvement process for 3 chapters of the Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (TCCIA) through member interviews, stakeholder engagement, capacity building and long term strategy formation.​  The goal of the project was to improve communication policies, enlarge the TCCIA membership base and increase revenue collection in order for them to become a stronger voice of the private sector in public policy reforms.

 

Project Results:

  • Established a Membership Management System for 3 chapters of the Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture that included goals, strategies, action plans, champion, cost and implementation time frames.

 

  • Facilitated 12 strategic dialogues between the chamber leadership teams, local government authorities and business stakeholder groups to identify partnership opportunities that improve the local business environment.

 

  • Provided 3 training sessions for chamber leadership teams on how to effectively implement strategies for communication, data collection, event planning, social media, women and youth programming and fundraising.

 

  • Created 24 strategies by combining the project findings and best practices for private sector membership organizations to improve membership recruitment, management, communication and revenue generation.