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West Africa Development Marketplace

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Theme: Drivers of Growth - Innovative Ideas of the West African Entrepreneur
Date and Place:  September 28, 2006; in Bamako, Mali.
Important Interim Dates:
Competition Launch: February 28, 2006
Deadline for Proposals: April 27, 2006
Announcement of Finalists: June 30, 2006
Competition and Awards Ceremony:  September 28, 2006
Amount of Awards:
Maximum award size is US$ 30,000 per winner. 
Eligibility Criteria:

  • The competition is open to entrepreneurs, including private micro, small and medium scale enterprises with up to 50 employees
  • Proposals must be submitted by an enterprise or groups of enterprises that are legally registered or in partnership with one that is legally registered.
  • Proposals need to demonstrate a profit orientation.
  • Proposals must be implemented in a country participating in the 2006 Drivers of Growth - Iinnovative Ideas of the West African Entrepreneur (Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, and Senegal).
  • The maximum award size will be approximately US$30,000; awards to winners vary in size according to cost-efficient needs outlined in their proposals.
  • Projects should be implemented within a timeframe of 12 months from receiving initial disbursement from the grant.
  • Proposals must be typed.
  • Proposals must be submitted in French and must not exceed six pages. Projects that exceed six pages will not qualify for the competition.
  • Proposals must be submitted by 5:00 PM on April 27, 2006

*Past winners:  If your project is already being funded by the World Bank Group or if you are a past DM winner (at global or country-level), you may submit a proposal that is significantly different from the project or idea for which you have received funding.  You may not submit the same idea or project.  If you have submitted a proposal to the current global DM, you may not be eligible to send a proposal for this DM. If you have any questions, please contact the Development Marketplace team.

Criteria for Evaluation of Proposals:
Proposals will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Innovation – The proposal must demonstrate non-conventional and creative approaches.  Projects seeking to expand existing initiatives are eligible, provided that they exhibit new elements in design or implementation not found in the original initiatives.
  • Results – Proposals will have to demonstrate (through measurable results) the ability of the entrepreneur to grow and thrive in the local and/or regional economy.
  • Sustainability – The project must demonstrate the ability to be self sustaining (covering its financial and operational costs) within a reasonable implementation period.


The West Africa Regional Development Marketplace invites the private sector and other donor organizations to serve as partners with the World Bank and enable participating countries to reach their objectives to support this regional initiative. To date, early respondents with firm pledges include:

  • Gesellschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ)
  • German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
  • Grassroots Business Initiative (GBI)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • European Union (EU)
  • West African Economic Monetary Union (WAEMU)
  • Centre for Development of Enterprises (CDE)
  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)


Mademba Ndiaye ;

Ibrahim Cheikh Diop ;

Moussa Diarra ;

Karim Olayinka Okanla ;

Burkina Faso
Kadiatou Pate Toure ;
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