Forty participants from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Palestine, Morocco, Sudan, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia attended a Project and Programme Design course that aimed to assist the development of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) across the Arab Region. The course was taught and facilitated by Philip Dearden of CIDT and was sponsored by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).
The intensive course held in Rabat, Morocco, was organized for the Arab Region by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in conjunction with the Arab Industrial Development and Mining Organization (AIDMO).
The vision of the AIDMO is to realise high-quality and sustainable development in the fields of industry, mining and standardization. In recent years AIDMO initiated a capacity strengthening programme, funded by SIDA, with the technical support of UNIDO. The aim of the programme is to enable an accurate assessment and examination of AIDMO’s competences and areas of intervention, leading to a better definition of AIDMO’s position towards a number of themes and challenges to be reflected in their plans and strategies.
In the context of the Sustainable Development Goals, the capacity strengthening programme is enabling AIDMO to position itself as the key industrial development agency in the Arab region and thus help achieve regional integration, harmonization and effective coordination of industrial development related to trade, energy, climate change and decent work.
In this context AIDMO and UNIDO jointly organized this interactive SME development initiative for the Arab region aiming at supporting the formulation of inclusive and sustainable industrial programmes to support SMEs in Arab countries with a focus on value chains, clustering in creative industries, innovation and the green industry.
The course included a series of short technical lectures on SME development with a mix of dynamic sessions on participatory SME Project design taught by Professor Philip N. Dearden.
Below: The UNIDO/AIDMO programme in Rabat, being opened with welcome speeches and tokens of friendship and cooperation.
Below: SME Development sessions being delivered by technical experts from a range of organisations.
Below: Workshop participants working on their development projects and programmes before presenting and sharing them.