Africa RISE is a EUR 12.7 million technical assistance facility funded by the European Union, which aims is to promote business development and improve the investment climate in Eastern Africa, Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean, in support of inclusive and sustainable growth, job creation and decent work.

This technical facility covers 25 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa namely, Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Imani Development was contracted to provide technical assistance services to support interventions aimed at creating a fertile environment for private sector growth, addressing market failures, enhancing value chains and competitiveness.

In November 2022, Africa RISE had 28 completed assignments with 22 currently ongoing.

Assignments delivered to date by Imani Development as lead or supporting partner include:

– Feasibility Study on a Wool & Mohair Testing Facility in Lesotho;
– Scoping study for the identification of an Access to Finance Action for Tanga and Mwanza Cities;
– Technical assistance for mapping of the informal sector in Zimbabwe and identification of possible projects for young entrepreneurs;
– Feasibility Study to Improve Export Potential for Botswana Goods and Services to the DR Congo Market;
– Capacity building on investment & trade promotion and facilitation for the Malawi Investment and Trade Centre;
– Development of a policy framework on anti-illicit trade for the COMESA region;
– Study into economic impact for tourism sector development in Eswatini;
– Strategy for the development of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals in Mauritius; IEC
– Private sector action document support in Zambia;
– Position papers for private sector engagement in the EAC region;
– Anti-corruption support in Malawi;
– Support to action document for improving the business environment in Malawi;
– Dissemination and planning workshop to follow up on the NICF for Botswana.


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