Business Capacity - Building for Vulnerable Groups
Entrepreneurs from vulnerable groups are more likely to fall behind due to external factors and require coping mechanisms to make their businesses resilient to unforeseen change. Businesses are strengthened through the sharing of information and tools to position them more equally or to compete effectively amongst more advantaged players in the market.
Members of disadvantaged groups possess skills that are in high demand in the market, however, their qualifications and therefore expertise are often not recognized. I4D works to address such gaps through certification of skills that support individuals in career reentry and contribution in the field.
The flagship project in business capacity-building for vulnerable groups:
ICT Management Consultancy Training for Refugees:
ICT Management Consultancy Training for Refugees was designed by I4D to certify Syrian ICT professionals to work as management consultants within the ICT sector in Turkey.
The goal of the 3-day training was to build business capacity for vulnerable groups by widening their network and client base.
As a result of the training, 18 professionals were certified, going on to be advisors and management consultants to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The training was financed by EBRD and facilitated by I4D.