A NETWORK FOR GOVERNANCE, ENTREPRENEURSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
An Integrated Scheme for Africa
IN A NUTSHELL
"Sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction
will be tackled successfully only if preceded
by institutional development, capacity building
and good governance".
Angel Gurria, Secretary General of OECD
at the 2007 Heiligendamm G8 Summit
The Network for Governance, Entrepreneurship & Development (GE&D)
objective is to address two interrelated challenges:
for a functional professional public sector and effective governance;
for the local SME entrepreneurs to acquire the capability to be
an engine of growth.
Its launch is based on the following considerations:
1. There will be no sustainable development and meeting of MDGs
in Africa without significant economic growth and development.
2. Economic development is primarily the responsibility of the local
SME entrepreneurs whose entrepreneurship has to be fostered.
3. However, SME entrepreneurs cannot operate if proper framework
and policy conditions, for which the State is first responsible,
are not met.
4. Public administration is characterized today in Sub Saharan Africa
by low efficiency, frail morale and its marginalization.
5. There will be no economic development in Africa, until the efficiency
of the State is improved in a drastic manner.
GE&D will deliver state-of-the-art institutional and individual
capacity development activities, combining on the job Work-Out
and Action Learning, formal training, coaching, dialogue and sharing
of expertise, structured around concrete issues faced.
Capacity development activities will be provided through a network
to be constituted of partner institutions, mostly local, able to
deliver quality programs.
A mobilization of a wide range of high level African and international
public and private partners is needed to allow the emergence of
ten of thousands small and medium size local entrepreneurs, and
a quantum leap in the professionalisation and efficiency of public
administration. This is what GE&D aims at.
Significant financial resources are available. Missing is a road
map for capacity development and the corollary range of projects
needed to ensure effective results. What is in short quantity are
women and men capable of designing, leading and managing such projects.
One of GE&D central objectives is to identify, promote, develop
and multiply such projects and ensure that they are well designed,
fully complementary and professionally led to deliver the concrete
and relevant results expected. GE&D will then ensure that the
necessary funding is made available for such projects, for example
via the creation of a well-endowed Trust Fund.
GE&D does not aim to duplicate what others are already doing.
It is about unleashing the power of networking, building on the
work done, about catalysing and generating critical masses, creating
a multiplier effect, reach economies of scale and initiate a momentum.
The Network for Governance, Entrepreneurship & Development
is a project concept presently developed under the umbrella
and which feasibility is being explored.
GE&D has the legal statute of a Swiss non-profit
association. It is led by a Committee composed of Issa Ben
Yacine Diallo, Jean F. Freymond, and Jean-Charles Sommer.
It is registered in the Trade Registry of the Canton of Geneva.
1 GE&D is an initiative taken by D@G (see http://www.d-geneva.com)
and its Director Jean F. Freymond (see annexe no 2) It
has the legal status of a Swiss non-profit association registered
in the Geneva Trade Registry. Although it is to first concentrate
on Africa, the concept could constitute a model to be replicated
and followed in other parts of the world. GE&D might thus expand
to other countries out of Africa, in particular to conflict affected
countries and countries under stress.
2 Not to be confused with "good governance" - as important
- too often narrowly defined in connection with issues such as the
respect for human rights, the fight against corruption, or in general,
principles and values.