Business Support & Enterprise Management
DDI has years of experience in providing business support and enterprise management services to several organizations. The services typically include business planning, design and marketing of products, identification of marketing channels, development of funding strategies, access to business information, financial analysis, strategic planning, accounting and financial management training.
Agricultural Commodity Market Access Services
Research shows that marketing systems for some SMEs products (especially in rural areas) are frequently inefficient and involve multiple levels of intermediaries, each taking a cut for their services. DDI assist CBOs such as cooperatives or producer associations to increase the incomes of their members by marketing similar products more efficiently or at least marketing more directly by bypassing one or more levels of intermediaries. We assist them to identify alternative markets that are more profitable, such as export markets where incomes and willingness to pay are much higher rather than local, regional, or even national markets.
Several years after the privatization of Nigeria’s power sector, the gap between the country’s energy needs and what is being generated is daunting. Nigeria currently generates about 12,000 megawatts but only 5,000 megawatts is available for the country’s teeming population. This means that about 60 percent of Nigerians lack access to the grid.
In 2013 USADF launched the Off-Grid Energy Challenge to bring affordable and renewable energy to rural communities across Africa. Since 2013, over $7 million has been invested in 75 energy entrepreneurs in 9 countries to provide off-grid energy solutions to rural communities. DDI as the implementing partner of USADF, helps entrepreneurs to harness this opportunity in Nigeria. We have worked closely with local energy entrepreneurs to deploy off-grid energy solutions across the country by the provision of technical supports, Monitoring and Evaluations, Remediation supports and access to Follow-on financing. Such off-grid energy projects include; Solar Rural Electrification, Solar Power Cold storage solutions for fish and vegetable farming, Solar Power drying solutions for agricultural produce, SolarKiosks, Solar Milling solution, Biogas Rural Electrification, Biomass rural electrification, Solar Home Solutions, Solar Stand -Alone solution, Solar Power borehole. We also provide assistance to agricultural cooperative/businesses by providing solutions integrating renewable energy in sustainable agriculture and food security.
DDI provides technical assistance to donors and grant beneficiaries in areas such as screening of grants applicants, pre-grant award due diligence, financial record-keeping, disbursement tracking, project and financial reporting, budget formulation and management, project monitoring and evaluation, grant closeouts.