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USAID Ghana Supply Chain Development Program 

 

Background

 

The Ghana Supply Chain Development (SCD) Program seeks to increase the sustainable participation of Ghanaian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and business service providers (BSPs) in the procurement of contracts with the oil and gas sector in Ghana. The program facilitates advanced level trainings, certifications, and access to procurement opportunities to increase local content development within this industry. By successfully establishing a dialogue with national and local governments, the oil and gas industry, and local business associations, strategic partnerships have been created to aid in the sustainability, longevity, and localization of the program. 

 

     Goals

 

While the broad impact sought is the number and value of contracts that SMEs win with International Oil Companies (IOCs) and other Multi-National Companies (MNCs), the two intermediate results against which the SCD Program measures progress toward this goal are:

  1. Improved capacity of Business Service Providers (BSPs) to serve SMEs and
  2. Improved capacity of SMEs to meet industry requirements and standards.

 

Project Duration

 

March 21, 2013 to March 20, 2018 

 

 

Implementing Partners                                              

 

PYXERA Global is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization that leverages public and private resources to strengthen the institutions, governments, and industries that drive economic growth around the world. PYXERA Global envisions a world in which individuals, organizations, and institutions from different points on the globe converge to address complex challenges through sustainable and mutually beneficial efforts. Our initiatives include a wide range of services that transform lives and livelihoods, from local content development to global pro bono programs, post-harvest loss to integrated community development.

With more than a quarter century of experience in over 90 countries, PYXERA Global has navigated economic, geographic, and political realities with imagination, determination, and a passionate and dedicated team to find common ground and pinpoint opportunities for purposeful global engagement for our clients and partners.

PYXERA Global creates groundbreaking partnerships between the public, private, and social sectors that utilizes the unique attributes of each to create shared value and attain mutually beneficial goals through innovative, market-driven solutions.

PYXERA Global prides itself on its keen understanding of the needs of the private sector. Through its work in both enterprise and community development and global pro bono programs, PYXERA Global regularly interfaces with leaders working in the areas of corporate social responsibility, human resources, employee engagement and procurement, and has a deep awareness of the need for the private sector to create quality jobs that uphold workers’ rights around the world.

 

 

Sub Sectors

 

  • Environment, Health, and Safety Practices and Policies
  • Procurement Best Practices and Skills Development
  • Welding Inspection and Quality Control
  • Quality Management Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Road Safety Management Systems
  • Instrumentation and Controls
  • Partnership for Opportunity: Market Linkages for SMEs

 

Geographical Coverage

 

Western Region

 

Funding

 

US$ 4,988,523.00

 

Achievements

 

Method/Approach

 

The Takoradi-based program began operations in 2013 by conducting a thorough needs assessment. Through extensive meetings with stakeholders operating in the Ghanaian oil and gas sector, the Ghana SCD Program identified several key areas for capacity building and operational improvement in local businesses. Oil and gas industry players noted that local suppliers who bid for procurement opportunities frequently fell short of meeting industry requirements and standards for established policies and systems in the following areas:

  • Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)
  • Procurement Best Practices
  • Information Technology
  • Quality Management

Local suppliers also lacked industry specific technical certifications. In light of these needs the Ghana SCD Program developed trainings for Business Service Providers (BSPs) and SMEs that specifically target these areas.  

The program uses the following three primary methodologies to achieve its objectives: 1) Training and capacity-building interventions targeting the enhancement of technical managerial qualifications; 2) Strategic and targeted campaigns to combat access to finance issues inherent to the Ghanaian private sector; and 3) Increasing market linkages amongst both domestic and international market participants. From the outset, the program has made efforts to partner closely with IOCs and their international contractors in order to align with their procurement procedures and local content needs while remaining responsive to the capacity building needs of SMEs.

 

Trainings and Events Offered

 

  • Environment, Health, and Safety Practices and Policies
  • Procurement Best Practices and Skills Development
  • Welding Inspection and Quality Control
  • Quality Management Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Road Safety Management Systems
  • Instrumentation and Controls
  • Partnership for Opportunity: Market Linkages for SMEs

Since inception, the SMEs in the SCD Program’s network have won 78 contracts valuing over $18 million. In addition, 646 individuals representing 252 SMEs and BSPs have attended 93 training workshops and other events, which has led to 515 industry certifications and 187 new business policies and procedures developed. 

 

Key Staff Contact

 

Kuralai Kunz

Director, Enterprise and Community Development
1030 15th St NW Suite 730 East
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: +1 (202) 530 - 7678

E-mail: kkunz@pyxeraglobal.org

Web: www.pyxeraglobal.org 

 

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