prosperity & growth

As the world’s population continues to grow, creating more jobs and opportunities for earning income – particularly in Africa – is central to meeting the challenge of ensuring sustainable livelihoods for the next generations of young people worldwide.

Sustainable and inclusive economic growth is integral to Alinea’s approach to poverty reduction. We work at the macro-level, with national governments, to create and implement development policy and plans for job creation, entrepreneurship and innovation; at the meso-level with business support organizations and service providers to improve access and their capacity to serve all citizens; and at the micro-level assisting and promoting the growth of micro-, small-and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), while being environmentally and socially responsible.

Our economic growth work brings together complementary skills in promoting trade, improving the enabling environment for economic growth, workforce development and youth employment as well as supporting the development of entrepreneurial enterprises to scale.

COLOMBIA: Building Extractive Sector Governance (Global Affairs Canada)


The Building Extractive Sector Governance in Colombia project is improving public sector governance of the extractive sector by building capacity of the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MinMinas), mining agencies and mining authorities within departments and municipalities to develop and implement strengthened policy and regulatory frameworks, improve extractive sector planning and implementation, as well as increase public sector engagement with communities impacted by natural resource extraction. Alinea is developing a tailored capacity building program based on existing issues and challenges, such as decentralization, extractive management information systems, environmental protection, conflict management, economic development, transparency, occupational health and protecting human rights. Expected end of project results are: i) strengthened institutional capacity of MinMinas and key mining agencies in developing and implementing policy and regulation frameworks; ii) better coordination among MinMinas, mining agencies, departmental/municipal governments and industry; and iii) improved Government of Colombia capacity to lead engagement with communities impacted by natural resource extraction.

GHANA: Empowering Women in Non-Traditional Trades (Global Affairs Canada)

The Empowering Women in Non-Traditional Trades (EWNTT) for the Northern Economy Project is enhancing economic empowerment, well-being and inclusive growth for women in Ghana by enabling, training and empowering young women to participate in non-traditional trades (NTTs) that are essential for growth sectors of the economy. A range of technical trade areas are supported under EWNTT including: welding; electrical and electronics; mechanical maintenance; agricultural mechanization and agro-processing; and auto mechanics. In addition to trades training, partner Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions are supported to improve access of students and women in informal apprenticeships to “soft” and “hard” business and entrepreneurship training to improve women’s employment and business readiness, including information and communications technology (ICT), negotiation, assertiveness, personal and professional presentation, as well as leadership skills. Through support to the National Vocational Training Institute, the Council for Technical Vocational Education and Training, and the Ghana Education Service, EWNTT is expected to directly benefit 12,775 women and men, with a further 310,000 community members reached through community sensitization, school information sessions and radio programming promoting women in NTTs.

INDONESIA: Market Systems for Sustainable Development (DFAT Australia)

Alinea subsidiary Whitelum Group was contracted by DFAT to lead the design of its flagship PRISMA-2 Market Systems Development Programme in Indonesia. The program uses a market systems development approach to support inclusive economic growth in Indonesia’s agriculture, horticulture, livestock and aquaculture sectors. PRISMA-2 improves smallholder farmers’ competitiveness and access to new markets, better inputs, know-how and technology. It aims to achieve a sustainable 30 per cent increase in the net incomes of 700,000 smallholder farming households in Indonesia by 2023. A total of one million smallholder farming households will benefit as a result of Australia’s 10-year investment. The design embeds gender analysis into every stage of intervention design and quality processes, and interventions specifically target women farmers to ensure men and women both benefit.

UKRAINE: Expert Deployment for Governance and Economic Growth (Global Affairs Canada)

The Expert Deployment for Governance and Economic Growth (EDGE) Project is helping Ukraine move towards a democratic and prosperous society by advancing citizen-centred democracy and promoting sustainable economic growth. Working side-by-side at the highest levels, EDGE responded to critical needs of the Ukrainian government in planning, implementing and communicating reforms. EDGE supported reforms across a broad range of governance sectors, including anti-corruption, deregulation, decentralization and probation, as well as strategic areas within the economic growth sphere, such as foreign direct investment, exports, agriculture, ports reform, etc. Alinea was responsible for the day-to-day management and implementation of EDGE. Alinea deployed technical experts directly within the Project’s partner Ministries (e.g., National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine; National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption; Ministry of Economic Development and Trade; Ministry of Finance; and Ministry of Justice), embedding them to work hand-in-hand with leadership and the bureaucracy as they managed their respective priority reforms. The Project worked on reforms in more than 20 sectors, including: decentralization, public administration reform, transparency and anti-corruption, justice, economic growth and investment. Within each of these reforms, EDGE promotes accountability, good governance, transparency and integrity.