Imani Development has been in the employment of economic policy projects at national, provincial and local government levels, taking into consideration local contexts and accounting for factors unique to each case.

For equitable and sustained economic growth, negotiating good trade strategies must be complemented with the implementation of macroeconomic policies and private sector support. This, along with a focus on local economic development, enables developing countries to reap the benefits of trade liberalisation and integration into the global economy. Improved conditions for economic growth and employment can be created when the public, business and non-governmental sectors work together.

Imani’s services in Economic Policy and Local Economic Development:

  • Critical assessments of macroeconomic policy
  • Assessments of the role of the private sector in national economies
  • Assessments of sectorial policies such as transport and education
  • Assignments in local economic development in Eastern and Southern Africa, the Pacific and less developed areas of the EU
  • Analysis of the opportunities for social and economic infrastructure development
  • Analysis of small and medium enterprise investment proposals relating to investment climates and finding alternative sources of finance for various sectors

Project Highlights: 

Imani Development Foundation – Social Enterprise Academy – Africa (ongoing)
The Imani Development Foundation, in partnership with the Scottish Social Enterprise Academy, has established a Social Enterprise Academy in Africa (SEAA). SEAA offers leadership, enterprise, and social impact training aimed at supporting and encouraging innovation and personal development of African social entrepreneurs. The Academy will deliver courses to the public, private, as well as the social economy sector with specially tailored programmes to promote in-house learning.

International Labour Organisation – Research and Support Services for the Establishment of an Online Tender Platform for Social Enterprises (2016 – 2017)
The objective of this project is to explore the extent to which integration into corporate and government supply chains can improve sustainability and increase growth of social enterprises. By providing access to procurement opportunities this project aims to use a market-based approach to growing enterprises and the broader social enterprise ecosystem. Imani Development undertook the initial feasibility study, identified implementation partners, provided technical assistance to the implementation partners to pilot the concept, and provided monitoring and evaluation services to measure impact and effectiveness of the concept.

UNDP – Mid Term Evaluation of the African Facility for Inclusive Markets Regional Project (2013)
The United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) African Facility for Inclusive Markets (AFIM), which was set up in 2010, is working to reduce poverty and accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by supporting pro-poor economic growth and inclusive market development. AFIM’s strategy seeks to provide low-income people with the tools and resources to lift themselves out of poverty through private sector initiatives at the regional and country levels. Imani Development was contracted to deliver the scheduled Mid-Term Evaluation 18 months after the establishment of the AFIM.

AGRA – Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (2008-2011)
This multi-donor challenge fund was based in and focused on Africa. The Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) awarded grants and non-recourse loans – through an open competitive process – to private firms or consortia for pro-poor, innovative, commercially sustainable projects for development and implementation by those firms or consortia. The goal of the AECF was to promote pro-poor growth in Africa, thereby increasing employment, livelihood opportunities and incomes, and reducing poverty. Its purpose was to catalyse private sector entrepreneurs in Africa to innovate and find profitable ways of improving market access and functioning for the poor – particularly in rural areas.

World Food Programme – Feasibility Assessment of the Production of Nutri-Butter in Malawi (2013)
Imani produced this feasibility assessment for the World Food Programme. The consultancy consisted of a sector analysis of soya, sugar, milk and groundnuts, with particular emphasis on how smallholders can link to markets, supplying high quality produce. The assessment also produced three business scenarios looking at short term immediate needs and progressing to a long term vision with sector development at its heart.

Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency – Innovations Against Poverty Programme (2010 – 2013)
This programme is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and was launched in Uganda and Kenya by Imani Development East Africa.  The purpose of Innovations Against Poverty (IAP) is to encourage the private sector to develop innovative solutions, products, services and inclusive business models that can benefit the people at the base of the pyramid and contribute to fight poverty and climate change.  Imani Development also manages the IAP in Zambia, including the identification of businesses that can benefit from the IAP support, business support, and the organisation of promotional events.