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|
|Project Title||# of cooperatives trained||# of cooperative managers reached||# of cooperatives / businesses provided with financial services|
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|
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|
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.
The Netherlands (head office)
Serbia (business development unit)
Programme & project countries in 2014
Occupied Palestinian Territories
Turkey (for Syrian refugees)
Past programme & project countries
Bosnia and Herzegovina