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
Download the 2013 EDP Annual Review
Business as Unusual: Oxfam's Enterprise Development Programme (1MB PDF)