PRIME is partnership between two research institutes and two private sector support organisations.

CBI supports exports from developing countries

CBI (Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries) is an Agency of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Established in 1971, CBI’s aims to sustainably strengthen the competitive capacity of SME exporters in developing countries, focusing primarily on European markets. CBI offers an integrated approach, which is applicable to companies (SMEs), business support organisations (BSOs) and governmental authorities. Its core competence is threefold: advice, counselling and knowledge management. CBI is committed to improve aid-effectiveness. Impact evaluation is hence seen as an on-going, learning-oriented exercise that needs to draw from its monitoring system and has to feed its management cycles. For CBI, impact evaluation is described in the monitoring and evaluation protocol as a longitudinal study that scientifically measures the attribution of its new programmatic approach to sustainable economic development.

PUM Netherlands Senior Experts

PUM Netherlands Senior Experts, was established in 1978 by the Netherlands Christian Employers’ Federation (NCW) with the assistance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since March of 1997 PUM functions as an independent foundation, closely linked to VNO-NCW (The largest Dutch employer’s organisation). The basic idea was – and remains – that there is a wealth of knowledge among people in the Netherlands who have come to the end of their careers. On the other hand, however, there is a dire need for such knowledge and expertise elsewhere in the world. PUM’s objective is to boost performance in the small & medium-sized enterprise sector in developing nations, while also improving productivity and international cooperation in the private sector.

Up until 2008, the program grew rapidly. In 2008 a decision was made to focus more on quality. The focus on quality was re-affirmed in the current policy plan. By sharing knowledge PUM helps entrepreneurs to build up sufficient knowledge to grow their businesses to a next level of performance. This benefits the local businesses as well as the surrounding communities. The operations are funded by both the Dutch government and the Dutch private sector, based on the philosophy that a self-sufficient small and medium-sized business sector is beneficial to global development.