Business Linkages Practice Note: Creating the Foundations for a Linkage Program in a Rural Setting
This Practice Note, jointly developed by IFC and Newmont Ghana Gold Limited (NGGL), focuses on the early stages of the Ahafo Linkages Program (ALP) and aims to capture important early lessons that might otherwise have been lost.
The document is divided into two parts. Part 1 provides an introduction and background to the program and summarizes the general lessons learned in some key areas during the scoping, design, and early implementation stages of the program. Part 2 provides broad guidance on how to create and run a unit dedicated to local procurement within a company’s supply chain department. The key lessons of the early stages of the Ahafo Linkages Program are summarized in table 1.