SPARK Solutions are private sector development approaches and faculty enrichment programmes with a conflict sensitivity dimension that can be realized for or in cooperation with clients and partners – in order to empower youth to lead their post-conflict societies into prosperity.
Over the years, SPARK designed and implemented a number of access to finance instruments in fragile and conflict affected states (FCAS). Acquiring essential financing needs for growth and scaling for SMEs are proven solutions for local economic growth and brining people out of poverty.
SPARK has developed a number of solutions and interventions designed to specifically support and target proactive entrepreneurs that either intend to start a business or grow an existing enterprise. Micro Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (MSMEs) in post-conflict societies experience specific hurdles and challenges. These are different for start-ups compared to existing businesses. SPARK assists both of these categories through tailored business skills training.
SPARK has been working in conflict affected environments since 1994, to support young ambitious people to lead their post-conflict societies into prosperity. SPARK has developed a number of solutions designed to specifically support institutions of higher education that either intended to start with developing or introducing entrepreneurship curricula or improve their already existing programmes focused on entrepreneurship.
Higher vocational education and training institutions are key components of a strong enabling environment for private sector development in fragile states. Moreover, vocational educational programmes can bring communities together that have been divided by recent conflict.
SPARK has developed a number of solutions: interventions designed to specifically support proactive entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial minds. One central solution focuses on Lobby & Advocacy for an inclusive, enabling business environment and the improvement of the socioeconomic position of youth, women and other marginalised groups in these regions.
SPARK’s monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system utilises a standard results monitoring approach coupled with innovative web-based monitoring tools and sector leading transparency initiatives. This comprehensive approach allows for a more dynamic view by our programme management team on project progress up to completion and donors and stakeholders to have a clear view to how our project funds are spent.
SPARK’s agricultural value chain development programmes central objective is to support the capacity of local authorities and CSOs in the creation of jobs and growth in the agricultural sector, and the formulation of inclusive agricultural development policies. The objective will contribute to restore stability and enhance human and food security, but also develops peace dividend value chains by integrating an agricultural value chain approach with pro-poor employment creation in a conflict sensitive way.