ALPs - African Livelihoods Partnership

Projet terminé

ALPs is a trilateral South-South-North contribution project engaging Indian, African and European partners. Its main objective is enhanced livelihoods in select African countries (Cameroon, Tanzania and Mozambique in the initial stages). Vocational training, financial, agricultural, business and entrepreneurship services are integrated in an economic livelihoods promotion approach. ALPs plans to institutionalise in 2015 following a start-up period as a project. Investments will be financed through a separate livelihoods investment vehicle.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Emploi & développement économique
Politique des finances
01.04.2012 - 30.11.2016
CHF 5'710'000

Many African countries have shown impressive growth in recent years. But growth has been very uneven and the need to promote the productivity of agriculture and create jobs for young populations is enormous. Africa’s resources and potential has attracted new donors such as China and India who have subscribed to the “Busan Declaration for Effective Development Cooperation” in 2012. For growth to be more inclusive, deeper access to basic economic support services (such as finance, entrepreneurship, vocational training, agricultural and business extension) is a key constraint. This, in turn, requires inclusive policies and leaders and institutions with a vision to serve the poor on a large scale and sustainably: better institutions for better policies for better lives for the poor. “Old” donors such as SDC are challenged in economic development to position themselves vis-à-vis a dynamic private sector, new philanthropists (foundations) and new donors, such as India.


Vulnerable segments of the population - smallholders, women and youth – have stabilised and enhanced their livelihoods in a sustainable manner by using financial, agricultural and business services and vocational training and entrepreneurship support services; and key institutions and their leadership have become engaged in and capable of addressing this goal in selected countries on a longer-term basis.

Groupes cibles

ALPs’ target groups are poor populations in rural and urban areas. They comprise smallholder farmers, female and male, with defined landholdings, women in agriculture, micro-enterprises and home-based economic activities, and youth who need entrepreneurs among themselves to create jobs for other youth needing vocational training and employment.

Effets à moyen terme
  1. Smallholders, women, youth, particularly in poorer geographies, have access to a wider range of financial services through improved delivery channels .
  2. Smallholders produce more crops and livestock with lower risk and a higher number of small enterprises participate in value chains to increase smallholder incomes
  3. Young men and women have started enterprises in agriculture and other growing sectors; following vocational training, a higher proportion has become self-employed or young entrepreneurs
  4. ALPs is institutionalised as an African entity and has become operational
  5. ALIF – the African Investment Fund – is established as an investment vehicle for developmental enterprises in Africa.



Principaux résultats antérieurs:  

An opening phase provided the analytics and country strategies for ALPs’ launch in April 2013. The maturing of an Indo-African-European partnership will need the full 1st. project phase.

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Coopération au développement
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
Secteur privé
  • Sectreur privé étranger Sud/Est
  • Basix, Hyderabad, India ALPs following its institutionalisation in Africa in 2015

Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF   5'710'000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF   5'499'558
Phases du projet

Phase 1 01.04.2012 - 30.11.2016   (Completed)