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Enterprise Development Programme


Oxfam's Enterprise Development Programme (EDP) provides business-focused solutions to help entrepreneurs in the developing world work their way out of poverty.

Business as unusual

The EDP builds sustainable businesses, by strengthening them and helping them to grow. We invest where others don't go and where the potential for social impact is highest. The EDP provides an intelligent mix of loans and grants to small and medium enterprises throughout the developing world, helping people to work their way out of poverty.

But it's not just about providing capital. It's about identifying business opportunities and helping entrepreneurs develop and implement viable business plans. It's a pioneering, business-based approach to development. EDP is unique, and it works. It combines Oxfam's international presence and experience with support and expertise from a board of successful businesspeople. It creates wealth and drives change in poor communities. Crucially, it helps many thousands of people - especially women - to work their way out of poverty.

At the core of our work is a team of highly skilled, highly experienced people. Development experts, business consultants, local entrepreneurs. People from all walks of life who are transforming lives.

Find out more about the Enterprise Development Programme:

Independent evaluation of EDP's pilot phase

Impact evaluation of Pavitra enterprise in Nepal

To read the latest version of our annual review, please contact Emily Evans at to request a digital or printed copy.

Nepal: Kalpana's story

Oxfam is working with around 1,200 women farmers in Nepal, helping them to learn farming techniques, earn a higher level of income, and provide for their families.

Growing mushrooms in Rwanda

We support a woman-led enterprise which works with the most disadvantaged and marginalised women farmers

Case study: beekeeping in Ethiopia

The Enterprise Development Programme is helping beekeepers in Ethiopia access new markets for their honey. Projects like this help entrepreneurs in some of the world's poorest countries work their way out of poverty.

Follow the honey

Where we are helping

  2009-10 projects
  2010-11 projects
  2008-09 projects

2011-12 projects

Get involved

If you are interested in getting involved with the EDP, or just want to discuss it in more detail, get in touch with one of our team.

Emily Evans
07717 451 067

Hugo Sintes
01856 472111

Angus Nelson
0141 285 3915

QuoteStartEDP focuses on self-help and the beauty of the business model is that repayment of the loan will fund future projects. So you give one dollar or pound, but in a successful investment, it gets reutilised for the next one. So far, one third of the £1 million of loans has been repaid.QuoteEnd

Ursula van Almsick, EDP Board Member