PRIME impact research

The PRIME programme collects information on the effects of the private sector development support offered by CBI and PUM to small and medium enterprises in developing countries. Based on six case studies in different countries and sectors and yearly monitoring of all supported companies through an online survey, PRIME is able to provide key insights in the contribution of CBI and PUM to SME knowledge, business practices and performance.

The final reports from the PRIME Partnership programme are available now.  Please find a short description of the main contents of the PRIME reports for PUM and CBI below, and click on the front page of the reports to open the full documents, which include a concise executive summary for the interested reader.

The PRIME results largely confirm CBI’s theory of change. The final CBI report not only shows how the organization has generated positive changes in terms of SME knowledge and practices, but also proves that the CBI contribution to better practices is correlated with increased exports and higher profits. While all firms indicate to have benefited from in-country training and coaching provided by CBI, the CBI support to participation of SMEs in trade fairs benefits larger SMEs more than smaller companies.

The PRIME results demonstrate PUM’s contribution to knowledge transfer, better practices and improved SME performance. The results show that PUM has generated positive changes in SME’s knowledge and business practices. While these improved practices are often correlated to higher sales, profits and more employment, this increased performance varies highly between groups. PUM’s contribution to employment growth is higher in the tourism sector than in agriculture. Moreover, PUM contributes to higher sales increases in least-developed countries than in lower-middle income countries.