African Urban Enterprise Development Programme (AUEDP)

The African Urban Enterprise Development programme (AUEDP) is a tailor-made learning programme for entrepreneurs and managers of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) living and working in urban slum areas of Uganda, Nigeria and Cameroon, developed by Living Earth Foundation. The AUEDP imparts financial literacy and management skills to entrepreneurs drawn largely from the informal sector with varying levels of formal education, helping them to plan, run and finance their businesses more effectively.

Course Aim

The aim of this learning programme is to enhance the skills, knowledge and experience of entrepreneurs and management staff of SMEs working in Uganda, Cameroon and Nigeria. For this programme, the course targets enterprises involved in Living Earth Foundation’s Waste to Wealth project . The programme focuses on the development of practical skills for successful business entrepreneurship rather than the attainment of academic qualifications (accepting that accreditation is important as it offers a guarantee of rigorous quality assurance). In Uganda, Cameroon and Nigeria, 80 learners per country will attend the workshops, with attendees divided into four cohorts of 20 learners each.

Participants who complete the course successfully will be eligible for certification awarded by the Open College Network London (OCN) London, a member of the UK’s National Open College Network (NOCN). The NOCN provides accreditation within the UK’s national qualifications framework in a variety of situations (e.g. practical and community-based work) where higher academic qualifications are either inappropriate or inaccessible to many.

Objectives

Each unit on the programme has its own specific objectives. Modules and topics covered during the programme comprise the following:

  • Understand the local regulatory framework for Micro-Enterprises (*)
  • Apply and facilitate Health and Safety at work (*)
  • Build effective business relationships
  • Prepare a Business Plan
  • Produce a Business Plan
  • Sell your product or service
  • Make a cash flow forecast

Programme Structure and Learning Methods

The programme is divided into three two-day learner support workshops each covering 2-3 units held over the course of an academic year. Workshops will be held in Kampala, Douala and Port Harcourt. Attendance at the three workshops is compulsory for all participants and successful participation will achieve OCN London certificates of learning (except those units marked* which are not OCN accredited).

After each workshop there will be a period of up to two months to complete set tasks (except after the last workshop when there will be seven weeks in which to submit any remaining work).  Throughout the programme, participants are expected to keep a reflective log/diary and evidence of their learning within their practice file. These are tools to aid both learning and assessment. In both the diary and practice file, participants should record their thoughts and reflections on the programme and any related experiences (including notes on community meetings, presentations facilitated, photographs, materials produced, etc.).

Project funding

The project is a 36 month funded project by the European Commission and Comic Relief.

This document has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of Living Earth Foundation and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.

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