Rural Small and Microenterprise Promotion Project

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Rural Small and Micro-enterprise Promotion Project

Rural Small and Microenterprise Promotion Project

This pilot project was intended to:

  • put in place a sustainable framework for increasing productivity, profitability and competitiveness among microenterprises managed by the rural poor
  • improve access to training in management and technology
  • improve the macroeconomic and regulatory framework
  • develop linkages between the Government and private-sector producers

The project contributed to strengthening more than 4,000 existing rural small and microenterprises and fostering new initiatives. The lessons learned from this experience, which served as a basis for designing Phase II, can be summarized as follows:

  • all groups, particularly the most vulnerable, must be taken into account in designing projects for rural areas
  • it is important to balance job creation with developing agricultural production, which complement each other
  • one of the conditions for the success of development activities is community involvement in making decisions and identifying needs
  • training beneficiaries gives good results, but must be continued
  • production, processing and marketing technologies must be responsive to the needs of entrepreneurs

See also:

Rural Small and Microenterprise Promotion Project - Phase II


Source: IFAD

Status: Closed
Approval Date
17 April 1996
1996 - 2004
Rural Development
Total Project Cost
US$ 5.96 million
IFAD Financing
US$ 5.43 million
Financing terms
Highly Concessional
Project ID

President's reports

Project design reports

Supervision and implementation support documents

Environmental and social impact assessment

Final environmental and social management framework

Interim (mid-term) review report

Resettlement action framework

PCR digest

Special study

Project list

Audit and Financial Statements

Project completion report




Rwanda: The Rural Apprenticeship Training Programme

June 2011
IFAD commissioned this Rwanda case study, through an IMI initiative, to document the diversity of approaches of training and skills development, particularly to assess relevance, effectiveness and efficiency, outcomes and challenges with respect to the following key components: (i) Targeting and transition to employment or business creation; (ii) Types of training and providers; (iii) Transfer of knowledge and sustainability. The objective of this study is to present the experience of IFAD in technical vocational and skills development in the context of Rwanda and by doing so, highlight the innovative features and lessons learnt for further replication.