Oxfam believes SMEs have the potential to contribute to sustainable
growth through increased employment, higher income and relevant products
and services for people living in poverty, particularly small holder
farmers, youth and women.
To help SMEs live up
to their potential, we know they need more than capital alone. Hence,
Oxfam provides tailor made business development services to support SMEs
in Nigeria, Somalia, Uganda and Vietnam. We select businesses based on
an assessment of their plans and financial potential and on the social
impact that they expect to deliver for their community. To ensure
businesses deliver on the latter, social impact is monitored
consistently from the start and measured over a period of time.
We expect entrepreneurs to contribute to the costs of the business development support to some extent.
Work in Progress! Alliance
Work in Progress! Alliance is focused on unlocking the economic
potential of young men and women in Nigeria, Egypt and Somalia; create
jobs and stimulate entrepreneurship by improving the skills of young
people, strengthening small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and creating
an enabling environment.
Alliance members include Oxfam, Venture Capital for Africa (VC4A), Butterfly Works & IOM.
How to Apply
Step 1 – Register
Click here to register if you have not already done so
Step 2 – Complete Application
Once you have successfully registered, log in and
click the “Start Application” button on the Start Application Tab on
To return to your application, click the “save and
continue” button and come back to it at any time. Once you are done with
click on the “Submit” button at the end of the form
to send it to us.
Step 3 – Keep Informed
After the closing date you will be notified if you
have been shortlisted for the next stage of the competition.
Constantly check the Oxfam Programme homepage for