Programme Design

GTZ Philippines SME Development for Sustainable Employment Program, 2005

    The goal of the Small and Medium Enterprise Development for Sustainable Employment Program (SMEDSEP) (previously called the Private Sector Development Program) is that state and private institutions shape the investment climate in the Philippines, and particularly the Visayas, in a way that enables the development and use of entrepreneurial potential and stimulates competition. The project is focused on four major constraints to SME development in the Philippines - the lack of a conducive enabling environment for business at national and local levels, the lack of appropriate business services, the lack of market driven technical and vocational skills training and the financial sector's inadequate (medium- to long-term) financing for SMEs. The SMEDSEP includes one component to address each of these constraints. Each component includes national and local level activities to foster cooperation and create opportunities for synergy between the different projects operating in the region. The project focuses on the Visayas region in particular and targets SMEs and micro enterprises with growth potential, their staff, and those looking for work (particularly women), artisans in rural areas, and potential entrepreneurs (graduates, youth).

    Guiding principles for the program include mobilization of local resources (particularly public and private institutions willing to contribute financial and human resources) and coordination with other programs to avoid duplication and over-lap; synchronization of different, but compatible business services (business and financial); and resource sharing (advisory personnel, data banks, etc.).

    Component 2 which addresses Business Development Services uses a subsector/business service approach. In its role as market facilitator, the BDS component will see to it that the range of BDS on offer is increasingly driven by demand, more differentiated and both efficient and cost-effective. These improvements will be reflected in companies' increasing willingness to avail themselves of and pay for these services.

    The two early documents on the right hand side were written in 2002 and constitute the original design of the program. A more up to date description of the program can be found on the website above.

    For What's New Visitors, the analysis of the health care service market is the most recent addition; it considers the potential of the Philippines to export health-related services. The other new addition is the presentation from a workshop in May 2005, which lists the current options and thinking for the tourism sector in Negros Occidental.

    Associated Activities and Documents
    Market Assessment
    »GTZ Philippines 2002
    »GTZ Philippines SME Development for Sustainable Employment Program, Cebu IT Sector Analysis, 2004
    »GTZ Philippines SME Development for Sustainable Employment Program, Tourism Sector Analysis, 2005
    »Philippines SME Development and Sustainable Employment Promotion - Tourism Sector, GTZ, GFA
    »SME Development for Sustainable Employment Program (SMEDSEP) Philippines, GTZ 2003-2011
    Impact Assessment
    »Philippines SME Development and Sustainable Employment Promotion - Monitoring Manual, GTZ, GFA 05