The African Urban Enterprise Development programme (AUEDP) is a tailor-made learning programme for entrepreneurs and managers of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) living and working in urban slum areas of Cameroon, developed by our partner Living Earth Foundation. The AUEDP imparts financial literacy and management skills to entrepreneurs drawn largely from the informal sector with varying levels of formal education, helping them to plan, run and finance their businesses more effectively.
The aim of this learning programme is to enhance the skills, knowledge and experience of entrepreneurs and management staff of SMEs working in Cameroon. It focuses on the development of practical skills for successful business entrepreneurship rather than the attainment of academic qualifications (accepting that accreditation is important as it offers a guarantee of rigorous quality assurance).
In Cameroon, 80 entrepreneurs attended the workshops, with attendees divided into four cohorts of 20 learners each.
These intensive workshops have been facilitated by two consultancy firms CIBLE RH et DIVERSITY MANAGEMENT CONSULTING which received training from the Open College Network London (OCN) London, a member of the UK’s National Open College Network (NOCN). The NOCN provides accreditation within the UK’s national qualifications framework in a variety of situations (e.g. practical and community-based work) where higher academic qualifications are either inappropriate or inaccessible to many.
The training covered a time frame from 11 Juin 2012 au 11 Février 2013.
Each unit on the programme has its own specific objectives. Modules and topics covered during the programme comprise the following:
- Understand the local regulatory framework for Micro-Enterprises (*)
- Apply and facilitate Health and Safety at work (*)
- Build effective business relationships
- Prepare a Business Plan
- Produce a Business Plan
- Sell your product or service
- Make a cash flow forecast
The content of the course stems from findings based on a Training Needs Analysis (TNA) conducted in the three Douala local councils of Douala II, Douala III and Douala IV; three out of five local councils that constitute the Cameroon Economic Capital town of Douala Urban.
Programme Structure and Learning Methods
The programme is divided into three two-day learner support workshops each covering 2-3 units held over the course of an academic year. Attendance at the three workshops is compulsory for all participants and successful participation will achieve OCN London certificates of learning (except those units marked* which are not OCN accredited).
After each workshop, a period of up to two months is needed to complete set tasks (except after the last workshop when there are seven weeks in which to submit any remaining work). Throughout the programme, participants kept a reflective log/diary and evidence of their learning within their practice file. These are tools to aid both learning and assessment. In both the diary and practice file, participants recorded their thoughts and reflections on the programme and any related experiences (including notes on community meetings, presentations facilitated, photographs, materials produced, etc.).
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