Technology and Innovation
Accelerating implementation, scale, and impact through digital solutions
Village Enterprise is working to revolutionize small business development in rural Africa through innovative and context-appropriate digital solutions.
Our deep understanding of the needs and challenges of first-time entrepreneurs and our many years of experience using digital tools to enhance our program implementation make us a unique partner for technology companies. As we look to advance technology in the poverty alleviation field, we aim to be flexible, nimble, and revolutionary in our approach and work to build upon the lessons learned from disruptions caused by the pandemic.
Our five-pillar technology plan
Digitization of program elements
Digital solutions are instrumental in increasing program scale and impact. Village Enterprise has been an early adopter of technologies and continues to innovate: our first-time entrepreneurs now receive their start-up capital as a digital cash transfer across all areas of operations; our business mentors can access training materials and video review modules digitally on their tablets and our field staff can proactively monitor their businesses’ and business savings groups’ progress using award-winning dashboards and adapt their mentoring appropriately. To enhance our program further, we are now expanding digital training videos and remote phone mentoring. Our long-term goal is to increase the profitability of our entrepreneurs’ businesses by developing a complete digital toolset that helps them reap the benefits of technology.
Integration of digital operations
Over the last few years, Village Enterprise has continued to grow in the use of cloud-based technologies to track and run operations and internal organizational processes, including finance, monitoring and evaluation, document management, remote meetings, human resources, donor relations, and grant management and project management. We are working towards integrating systems to create bridges, relationships, and visibility of functional data across the organization.
Given the nature of technology solutions needed for our program, we are actively developing strategic partnerships with telecommunications and technology regulators in sub-Saharan Africa, device manufacturers, service providers, and learning institutions to help us reimagine our technology journey.
Digital literacy & human capital
Our frontline staff are required to extend the use of technologies to program participants and ensure that they can use digital tools to access knowledge, learning, processes, and resources. We have developed a structure for ensuring that staff across the organization gain digital skills necessary for delivery of a technology-enabled program.
Effective governance in a digital world
We plan to build a technology framework that makes efficient use of resources and resonates well with overall organizational strategy, while at the same time mitigating possible risks from inappropriate use, and non-adherence to international standards and best practices of the technology discipline.
Where We Work
Village Enterprise works exclusively in rural areas of Africa where the majority of the population lives below the extreme poverty lineLearn More