Together in the fight against the socio-economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in Moldova and Burkina Faso

A Multi-Country Project for the support of SMEs affected by the Covid-19 crisis
Moldova / Burkina Faso
Austrian Federal Ministry for Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection, HOPE'87
Project Description: 

To address the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Republic of Moldova and Burkina Faso, HOPE'87 and its partner, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection, initiated the project "Together in the fight against the socio-economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in Moldova and Burkina Faso". The project was launched in July 2021 for an overall period of 18 months and is based on combined efforts for the two developing nations that are suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects. As the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic manifests itself in different ways in both countries, the necessary interventions were adapted specifically to each region. Whereas in Moldova the action targets socially disadvantaged family farms engaged in agriculture in rural areas that are particularly affected by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, in Burkina Faso the action aims at enhancing the resilience of 100 neo-small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Ougadougou.

In Burkina Faso, the founders of the identified neo-SMEs in the city of Ouagadougou are receiving training in the key areas of business management such as the management of economic units, marketing strategies through creation of a commercial website or presence in social networks, effective management of production costs and in the autonomous development of budget plans, business plans and opening of a bank account. Furthermore, the SMEs receive training on prevention measures against COVID-19, on risk-management and are introduced to environmental management standards.

In Moldova, socially disadvantaged family farms are supported by the formation of expert teams for the elaboration of training materials, an elaboration of regulations on local poultry farming, berry and fruit growing, relevant hygiene regulations, food control and consumer protection. Furthermore, they receive training in the development of quality control guidelines, the elaboration of a marketing and sales strategy, a design and media communication concept, the elaboration of the technical specifications for the automation of the ordering process of products, the organisation of information events with project participants, trade press and public state bodies as well as the counselling and coaching of the project participants in the above-mentioned areas and provision of working materials.

Through these actions, the project directly addresses the social consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in both countries through improved education and training opportunities, capacity building and networking and indirectly also contributes to the protection against gender-based violence and the prevention of violence by reducing some of the root causes such as unemployment and lack of prospects.