Private Sector Development

Inclusive economic growth and job creation are increasingly identified as core development objectives by developing countries and development partners, and the private sector is recognised as an important engine driving this development. The strengthening of private sector companies, membership organisations and competitive markets have the potential to create sustainable and decent jobs, generate better goods and services for the people, increase income and tax revenues, and reduce poverty.

Promoting inclusive growth through the development of a competitive and productive private sector requires attention at governmental and private sector enterprise level. From this perspective, Tana works with the policy makers and government institutions on promoting a business-enabling environment and with private sector companies and organisations (including those representing employers or workers) on developing their entrepreneurial capacity, productivity, and competitiveness.

Tana’s approach to private sector development and growth emphasise both economic growth and human rights. This includes looking at rights holders (e.g. workers or trade unions) as well as duty bearers (e.g. the employers, private sector companies), their capacities, awareness and knowledge about their rights and obligations, and promoting principles of participation, accountability, non-discrimination and transparency.

Tana specialises in the following areas:

Economic Governance including macroeconomics, public financial management, business-enabling environment reforms, tax administration reforms, public-private partnerships, public-private dialogue, labour market and trade policy.
• Entrepreneurship and Innovation including SME development, capacity building, business advisory and services, productivity upgrade; and youth and gender employment;
Business Skills Development including technical, financial, and managerial education and skills development directed towards employment opportunities and productivity improvements;
Agribusiness including agriculture value chains, agro-processing, out-grower schemes and market driven food security;
Green Energy including energy policies, regulations and institutional capacity building, and private sector driven renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives and technologies;
Business Partnerships including establishment and promotion of North-South driven business partnerships.
Private Sector Development and Human Rights including labour laws and rights, business advocacy, corporate social responsibility, promoting participation, accountability, non-discrimination and transparency.

Given Tana’s exceptional experience in fragile and conflict-affected countries, we also apply these focus areas in fragile environments. When doing so, we put a particular focus on conflict sensitivity and do-no harm approach. Furthermore, we recognize the potential that businesses and economic growth have to contribute to peace.

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