Support to private sector development programme in Zambia

  • Status:
  • Complete
  • Programme:
  • Private Enterprise Programme Zambia - Prospero
  • Funder:
  • FCDO
  • Partner:
  • Prospero
  • Key Policy Areas:
  • AgriculturePrivate sector growth
  • Type of Support:
  • Policy Influencing Support

Kivu provided advice to Prospero, an FCDO business environment programme, on policy influencing. This was a new departure for Prospero, which was previously largely focused on direct support for businesses. However, it wanted to increase impact by also engaging with policy makers. Kivu’s support included practical advice and mentoring for Prospero’s local team on live policy influencing goals. Kivu also provided new ideas for the future expansion of the programme’s policy influencing work. To provide effective advice, Kivu worked to understand the context. This meant understanding the policy and political barriers to SME growth, including political intelligence gathering through a series of interviews with senior Zambian policy makers and discussions with businesses and other private sector stakeholders.

Key Impacts:
  • Kivu’s work has helped inform Prospero’s future approach to policy influencing in Zambia
  • Improved understanding of and approach to policy influencing in the programme team
  • Kivu built communications skills and raised the profile of local partners representing SME issues