Areas of Expertise
SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
We place a special emphasis on enhancing the capacity of educational institutions and establishing lasting public-private partnerships that bring maximum benefits to small business and the local workforce. Programs include Entrepreneurship Training and Education, creating Business Consulting Certification Programs, and supporting regional and rural economic development efforts. A key area is working with banks, policy makers, and education leaders to increase access to needed finance for SME and agribusinesses.
We assist educational institutions to create strategic development plans and provide the training to administrators and faculty members needed to implement them. Echo Group creates faculty training programs and assists higher education, primary/secondary education, and vocational and agriculture schools to establish business partnerships while aligning their programs with regional employment demands. Our expertise and experience also includes establishing community-based reading programs and teaching and leadership capacity building in challenging environments.
Echo fields a combination of international experts and regional professionals to work with educational institutions in creating trainings needed by public officials of today and create courses and curricula needed to better prepare officials of tomorrow. Tailored trainings have also focused on regional economic development programs.
EVALUATION AND ASSESSMENT
In addition to evaluating past and ongoing technical assistance projects, Echo associates train educational institutions and NGOs in Monitoring and Evaluation Systems that focus on improving the quality management of programs and better aligning services to changing needs of business and society.
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