Our Work

Our work

In 2014, SPARK conducted a total of 18 projects in 17 countries of which 14 are FCAS (see table on page xx). These projects can be roughly divided into those aiming at private-sector development and those addressing higher education, although several address both. Most of SPARK’s interventions target youth aged 18-35, as this demographic can play an important role in leading crisis-affected societies into stability and prosperity.


Quick facts – Private Sector Development

Project Title # of entrepreneurs trained # of created jobs # supported SMEs/businesses
MFSII 6832 1032 771
ABC 540 100 64
YEP 305 n/a n/a
CSP pending pending pending
MEP 40 0 2
Chevron 148 213 13
Branson Scholarship 27 103 15
Total 7892 1448 865
Project Title # of cooperatives trained # of cooperative managers reached # of cooperatives / businesses provided with financial services
CSP 39 271 10


Quick facts – Summer schools & business skills trainings at universities

University # of students trained # of business plans developed # of start-ups supported
Gaziantep (Syrian refugees) 91 40 10
Ségou 171 62 10


Quick facts – Higher Vocational Education

Institute # students enrolled # students graduated
International Business College Mitrovica 269 47 Bachelor’s degrees,43 Academy Profession degrees

Quick facts – Scholarships for Syrian refugees

University of Gaziantep (Syrian refugees) 62


Achievement of Targets and Challenges

As the situation in SPARK’s project countries is usually fragile and volatile, this sometimes puts unforeseen constraints on the implementation of planned activities. The ongoing conflict in Syria, the emergence of ISIS, the insurgency in Yemen, the war in Gaza, the renewed conflict in South Sudan and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa are just a few examples.

In the following sections, SPARK gives insights into its activities in the programme countries Turkey/Syria and Liberia, as well as two of its major projects – the International Business College Mitrovica (IBCM) and the Entrepreneurship Development Programme (MFS II) – that encompass five different countries. SPARK’s activities in the areas of asset management will also be highlighted in this section. This includes a range of funding instruments, among them the IGNITE Fund, which was established in 2013 and began operations in 2014. Brief insight is given into four other projects that make a significant contribution to SPARK’s budget, but will be covered in next year’s report in more detail. All other projects will be listed in a table at the end of this chapter.

Areas of Activity in 2014


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Organisational operations

The Netherlands (head office)
Macedonia (IT)
Serbia (business development unit)

Programme & project countries in 2014

Ivory Coast
Occupied Palestinian Territories
South Sudan
Turkey (for Syrian refugees)

Past programme & project countries

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sierra Leone

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