IFC, with the Government of Canada’s support, implemented an ambitious Local Economic Development Program in four Sub-Saharan African countries: Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, and Kenya. IFC strategically invests in infrastructure and natural resource projects to generate positive impact, especially for women and youth. This program supported this vision by enhancing economic and social well-being of communities that are located around large-scale infrastructure projects.

The program focused on six development areas: developing supply chains and community businesses, building citizen governance, supporting youth as new media professionals, training of SME trainers, and building government capacity.

Through a series of multimedia stories, IFC shares the program’s impact and lessons learnt. These stories bring to life the complexity of community development programs by elevating the voices of impacted people, IFC clients, and IFC experts, providing viewers with a 360-degree perspective of what can be accomplished through partnerships and collaboration.

Click on the below themes or scroll down to explore multimedia stories and resources highlighting lessons from the program over several years.

Supply Chain

When companies hire locally and source local goods and services, they stimulate the surrounding economy and promote income-generating opportunities in host communities. The program connected local businesses as suppliers to natural resources companies. See some examples from the programs work in Guinea below.

Showcasing Local Mining Suppliers in Guinea: Spotlight on SOCOREM & SONEB


Community Businesses

The program increased economic opportunities for businesses, particularly women and youth-led, in communities hosting natural resources and infrastructure projects. The Program implemented different projects to support women businesses and address the barriers women face.

Spotlight on the Azito Village Attiéké Cooperative in Côte d'Ivoire


Spotlight on Yesli Ice (Partnership with the Ghana Chamber of Commerce)


Spotlight on Dress Up College of Fashion (Partnership with the Ghana Chamber of Commerce)


Spotlight on Lanyi Fan Daprass Fish Smoking Cooperative in Guinea


Spotlight on Belikindy Tailoring Cooperative in Guinea


Spotlight on Belikindy Soap Making Cooperative in Guinea


Citizen Governance

In Côte d’Ivoire, the program worked with the Azito village community to strengthen its capacity, driving performance on investment management and gender inclusion. The program established buy-in from local communities through extensive community consultations and a community scorecard assessment.

Youth New Media

The program supports young media professionals from across Africa to test approaches to new media, including a covid-19 campaign in Guinea conveyed through youth infomediaries.

Training of SME Trainers

The program delivered Training-of-Trainers sessions to trainers from the business associations to enhance their capacity to provide training to adult learners.

Photo Essay
Photo Essay

Meet the amazing trainers! Click their photos to view a brief message.

Government Capacity Building

Capacity building was an essential part of the program to support institutions and service providers who then go on to support an ecosystem of SMEs and community members.

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