There was overwhelming interest and tight competition in the first round of applications to Danida Market Development Partnerships. The assessment of the 53 received concept note applications was finalized in November 2016 and five partner consortia were invited to proceed with the development of a full project. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expects to launch a new call before summer 2017 with a total frame of DKK 60 million.
Photografer: Maiken L. Thonke. "Mango factory in Malinda. Danida supports the mango value chain in Kenya."
The five partner consortia who where invited to proceed with the development of a full project document are;
- VedvarendeEnergi with Vestas Wind Systems as key business partner; objective: Support sustainable mini-grid development and production of wind turbines in Kenya;
- CARE Danmark with Christian Hansen A/S as key business partner; objective: Enhancing crop yields and profitability in Kenya through biological plant protection;
- Landbrug&Fødevarer/SEGES with Arla as key business partner; objective: Market-driven sustainable growth in dairy sector – The Milky Way Partnership in Nigeria;
- DIEH with Bestseller as key business partner; objective: Improving productivity, quality and working conditions in Myanmar garment industry;
- Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition with Arla Food Ingredients Group as key business partner; objective: Ethiopian dairy market development partnership.
The overall objective of Danida Market Development Partnerships is to contribute to sustainable economic growth and employment in developing countries. This is done by supporting partnerships that combine knowledge and resources from several actors. The partnership facility features an innovative approach to involvement of the private sector and contributes to motivating and mobilizing private sector investments.
The aim is to contribute to sustainable market development in developing countries that promotes the achievement of the UN Global Goals. Focus is on Goal 8 in particular – promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
The point of departure for a partnership project is a business idea driven by one or more private businesses. Danida support is given to combine knowledge and resources from different actors with the aim to ensure wider development results.
A partnership must as a minimum include a private business and a non-commercial partner.
Questions can be addressed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark - Department for Growth and Employment (VBE@um.dk)