The C-BED Approach
Microenterprise are a critical component of sustainable development: they help increase income, decrease vulnerability, and contribute to a vibrant local economy.
Many communities in the developing world are limited by social, financial or geographical factors and may not have access to traditional enterprise development training.
Nobody knows more about a community or business than the people who live and work within that community. Yet often this knowledge goes unacknowledged and untapped.
Watch a short overview of the community-based methodology and hear from entrepreneurs and training facilitators about their experience.
What We Do
The knowledge we get builds on top of what we already know. We then have to apply the new knowledge in business.C-BED Participant
With limited technical support from the ILO on a case-by-case basis, organizations in the field are able to easily adapt these tools to their community, without needing to invest in expensive training certification, maintaining networks of trained trainers, and without the use of external consultants.
C-BED training is led by a facilitator from the community or training group themselves who is not expected to and usually does not have subject matter expertise relevant to the training. Within C-BED, communication is more important than information provision so the training materials are designed to support facilitators to promote group-driven learning and guide participants through a series of practical hands-on activities. With support of step-by-step instructions, C-BED facilitators are able to guide small groups through activities which encourage participants to use their own experiences to explore how they make sense of their business. In this way, all participants share responsibility for the learning outcomes and locally focused community networks among entrepreneurs are strengthened.