Association of Women in Business (AWiB)

AWiB is a volunteer driven membership association that seeks to unleash potential through supporting the personal and professional development of career women and women in business in Ethiopia.

Established in April 2010, AWiB has been engaged in enabling personal and professional developments through facilitating experience sharing between upcoming and established female leaders through its networking platform; encouraging transformative conversations and sharing of pertinent information through its monthly programs and annual events. Tags: Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE)

Balance and Peace Consulting (BPC)

BPC a management consulting firm engaged in promoting economic cooperation between China and Africa with experiences of working with GoE, Chinese partners and local partners to promote Chinese investment in Ethiopia, including a background in successfully facilitating Huajian Shoe Manufacturing, a global leading shoe manufacturer.

EP partnered with BPC in LAL Investment Facilitation Intervention, to tackle absence of quality, informative, and packaged information about LAL investment opportunities in Ethiopia such as a thorough market analysis, policy support, and appropriate local partners to work with. Tags: LAL


BCaD-Consulting Management is a consulting firm established according to the commercial code of Ethiopia in 1998 to deliver management consulting and training services. BCaD is part of DAI led consortium of implementers.

Department for International Development (DFID)

DFID leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. DFID is ending the need for aid by creating jobs, unlocking the potential of girls and women, and helping to save lives when humanitarian emergencies hit.

In Ethiopia, DFID works to reduce child mortality, support the education system, and protect people from hunger.

Eminence Social Entrepreneurs

Eminence Social Entrepreneurs is a company established in June 2010 with its headquarters in Addis Ababa and striving to introduce the concept of social entrepreneurship in Ethiopia. Eminence is engaged in a various professional fields including media and communications, event organization, and diverse trainings. Tags: Finance

Enat Bank

Enat Bank is a commercial bank and was initiated by Ethiopia’s businesswomen with a belief that supporting women to make deposits, access credit and trade services, and better manage their finances is good for business. Enat Bank aims to make profits for its shareholders while supporting social causes as well. Of its 7,000 shareholders, 64% are female.

Enat’s mission is “to become a trendsetter in quality banking services delivery with a special focus on the needs of woman, and to play a catalytic role in stimulating social and economic development and creating shareholders value.” Its vision is “to become a world-class bank mainly by leveraging women’s capabilities.” Tags: Finance


Enclude is an advisory firm dedicated to building more sustainable businesses and institutions by offering the integrated capacity  and capital solutions that power economic growth, enterprise profitability and social transformation. Enclude is part of DAI led consortium of implementers.

Ethiopian Cotton, Producers, Exporters, & Ginners Association (ECPGEA)

ECPGEA is an autonomous non-governmental, non-political, and non-profit organization that acts on behalf of its members. Its membership encompasses Ethiopian businesses engaged in cotton production and ginning value chains. Tags: CTA

Ethiopian Veterinary Association (EVA)

Founded in 1974, EVA is a not-for-profit association of veterinarians in Ethiopia. EVA represents more than 95% of veterinarians and commendable number of animal scientists serving in public or private. EVA focuses on becoming a medium of information exchange in the veterinary sector; maintain and improve professional standards and excellence; advocacy for high standard professional and ethical practices; and serving the needs of its members. Tags: LAL

First Consult

FirstConsult is one of the leading consulting firms in Ethiopia, specialising in delivering effective and business-oriented solutions to the development, business, HR, and finance/investment sectors. First Consult is part of DAI led consortium of implementers.


ITAD is part of DAI led consortium of implementers.

Kifiya Financial Technology PLC (Kifiya)

Kifiya is a digital service provider leveraging technology to enable and provide electronic, branchless banking and mobile money services. Kifiya was established in February 2010 and its vision is “to make a contribution to improving the lives of people by making transactions simple, affordable, and within reach.” Tags: Finance

Leather Industry Development Institute (LIDI)

LIDI is a federal government institution of Ethiopia with a VISION “to see the share of the Ethiopian leather industry grow tenfold in 2023 in the global market” and a MISSION of promoting investment and provision of support services to investors in the sector. Tags: LAL, CTA

Meki-Batu Cooperatives Union (MBCU)

MBCU is a Farmers’ Cooperatives Union established in May 2002 and currently enlisting 8,360 members organised under 150 farmers’ cooperatives and cultivating over 4,000 hectares of land. MBCU collects and markets various types of agricultural produces from its members, including tomato. Tags: Tomato Processing Plant, FAV

Ministry of Industry (MoI)

MoI is GoE’s federal ministry with a VISION of making Ethiopia’s industry become “a globally competitive sector” by 2023 that has leading role in the national economy. Its MISSION is to “promote and expand the development of industry by creating conducive enabling environment for the development of investment and technological capacity by rendering efficient support and services to investors.” Tags: National Cotton Strategy

Next Fashion Design College

Next Fashion Design College is a training institute founded by designer Sara Mohamed and registered by Addis Ababa Educational Bureau in 2006. The college has got recognition in level I up to Level IV training program from City Government of Addis Ababa Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Agency. Tags: CTA, Pre-Employment Skills Training

Textile Industry Development Institute (TIDI)

TIDI is an autonomous federal government institution of Ethiopia established to fulfil textile industry development, a key part of GoE’s development plans. EP and TIDI are currently working together on a Pre-Employment Skills Training project, where the project will enable to source, train, and place 375 individuals in negotiation with an existing FDI in the Hawassa Industrial Park using the existing TVETs and other service providers’ capacity. The first phase already began in January 2016. Tags: CTA

Werer Agricultural Research Centre of Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR)

Werer Agricultural Research Center is one of the research centres under the federal owned EIAR.

Located in the southern part of the Afar National Regional State, about 280 km east of Addis Ababa, it is established to conduct researches on cotton and support cotton farms. Tags: CTA

Wossi International Fashion Institute

Wossi International Fashion Institute is a sister company of Wossi Garment Design Factory, which is affiliated with M. Mueller & Sohn, Germany. Tags: CTA, Pre-Employment Skills Training