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 Company Overview, Structure and Capabilities

The Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship Development (IMED) is a Limited Liability Company incorporated in Tanzania with headquarters in Dar es Salaam. The current office is at 3th Floor, Baraka Plaza,Old Bagamoyo Road. The Institute is resourced by a team of  full-time facilitators/consultants as well as highly trained and experienced associates.  IMED works in partnership with public, private and not for profit organizations to deliver high quality services to clients in management, entrepreneurship and private sector development areas. The founders, staff and associates have extensive experience in entrepreneurship, management and private sector development.

Mission and Vision

IMED’s mission is to support individuals and organisation to develop competencies and solutions that enable them realise their full potentials.  The vision is to become an internationally renowned agent of change through building individual and organisational performance capabilities. The Institute plans to offer innovative, high quality professional competence based certificate and diploma courses in the near future, aiming to produce transformative, high performing and internationally competitive graduates.

IMED believes that people and organisations learn and develop solutions to problems best when they take ownership of the process. We encourage clients to learn from action and to share their knowledge and experiences. IMED therefore adopts such participatory techniques as PRA/PLA, SWOP, ZOPP/LFA and strategic planning. We are guided by three core values: integrity, customer service and efficiency.

IMED’s clients include people working in the context of business, social and corporate entrepreneurship. We work with SMEs, corporate organisations, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), government (ministries, government departments and government agencies), local governments, development partners, research institutions, Community Based Organizations (CBOs), investment funds, etc.

Products and Services

IMED offers the following services in any of the key areas of competence:

  1. Short term training, both open and tailor made. The training offered include: entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial management; Corporate governance; leadership and management; training of trainers (TOTs), consultancy skills; change management; customer service; project design, management, monitoring and evaluation; marketing skills, micro-finance services, business and strategic planning; time management, team building, human resources management, retirement planning, social marketing, family business and succession planning, etc. Short term courses are organised both through the open registration mode and tailor made to specific groups or institutions.

  • Consultancy in the areas of management, organizational design, developing human resource manuals, feasibility studies, project management, entrepreneurship development, policy advocacy, strategic planning, business planning, marketing strategies, product development, micro-finance, policy and programme development, monitoring and evaluation, etc.
  • Research
  • Other Services include:
    • Project Management
    • Investment Services
    • Career development services
    • Event facilitation services
Structure of the Organisation

The governing Board of the Institute is a Board of Directors. The day-to-day and strategic management is under a Chief Executive Officer, who is assisted by three directors, the first one for Training, the second for Consultancy and the third one for Research Services. IMED consultants report to either of these three Directors depending on the nature of activity being undertaken. The Operations Officer is responsible for marketing, information management and logistics.

Key strengths

IMED’s key strengths include:
  • Highly qualified and experienced personnel. IMED’s staff are among the most experienced in the field of entrepreneurship regionally
  • In-depth knowledge of the micro, small and medium enterprise and the private sector in general
  • Good networks with relevant public and private sector actors, including Universities, banks, research and development organisations, business associations, etc
  • Credibility of the directors and staff especially in the small and medium enterprise development area
Key patners

IMED’s key patners are:
  • Tanzania Gatsby Trust (TGT), Kwanza Collection, Small Industries Development Organisation (SIDO) and Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF).
 Relevant assignments undertaken by IMED:
  • Needs assessment, development, delivery and evaluation of a long term training programme on strategic human resources management for staff of the National Bank of Commerce (NBC) HRM Directorate, 2010
  • Project Identification (Promotion of Youth Employment), under the African Commission Initiative, supported by the Danish Government, 2010 with Global Corporate Social Responsibility (Global CSR). Client is Danish Embassy
  • Market study for establishment of a Women Business Incubator in Dar es Salaam. Client the World Bank Gender and Development Department, 2010
  • Feasibility  study for establishment of  Tanzania Vision Fund, a Venture Capital Fund for SMEs (with Ernst and Young Tanzania).  Client is Unit Trust of Tanzania, 2010
  • Designing and delivery of customized training to TANESCO and Tanga Cement Ltd staff on Retirement Planning in 2009.
  • Establishment of Women Business Incubator in Dar es Salaam in collaboration with Gatsby Trust, Kwanza Collection and SIDO in 2009-2011. The incubator is funded by the World Bank Gender and Development Department.
  • Market survey for a radio program targeted at micro and small enterprises for Clouds Entertainment Company Ltd in 2009.
  • Training of NBC managers on entrepreneurial management, 2009

IMED Consultants have been resource persons, including leading a number of other assignments, including:

  • Carrying out a baseline study and developing indicators for the Cluster Competitiveness Project (CCP) under the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF)
  • Needs assessment and development of 9 projects under the Netherlands Initiative for Capacity Building in Higher Education (NICHE) in Tanzania, including 4 projects concerned with mainstreaming entrepreneurship in education.
  • Facilitator/resource person in the development of TGT Strategic Plan – 2008/2009
  • Development of a strategic framework, and support to business development services providers to design and implement incubation projects with a special focus on women entrepreneurs in Addis Ababa (Addis Ababa Women Entrepreneurs Association and Hawassa University), Djibouti (Community Development Centre Quatier 5 and Balbala Women Training Centre; Sudan (Business Women Secretariat, Sudanese Women General Union, Sudanese Women Engineers Union and Sudanese Agricultural Engineers Union), 2007-2009
  • Development of a training program, training materials and delivery of training to 300 MFI clients based in Dar es Salaam (in collaboration with the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration), as part of a research program on impact of credit and training 2008/09
  • Evaluation of the Job and Enterprise Centre (Business Incubator for Graduates of Hope Enterprises Vocational Training Scheme) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as part of the Dutch Government Support to Hope Enterprises (Ethiopian NGO), 2005
  • Development of a concept paper for entrepreneurship centres in Zanzibar, 2008, supported by the ILO, Geneva
  • A study of opportunities and constraints to rural MSE development, 2006, Supported by the ILO Geneva
  • Research on the demand and supply of micro-finance services in Zanzibar  with a gender perspective, 2009
  • Organizing business plan competitions including design, resource mobilization from local and international partners, conducting training, screening and organizing judgment and prize giving ceremonies. Partners included TGT, 10 corporate sponsors, BiD Network Foundation,  Tanzania Investment Centre, SIDO, Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE), etc
  • Resource person in the development of the strategic plan for VIBINDO Society (umbrella body for informal micro and small enterprises in the country, 2009
  • Research on private sector participation in the Poverty Reduction Strategies in Tanzania and Uganda (ILO Bureau for Employer’s Activities), 2005
  • Inventory Study of the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Tanzania (International Fund for Agriculture Development/Ministry of Trade, Industry and Marketing), 2005
  • Researching and documenting successful advocacy strategies by business associations (BEST-AC), 2004
  • Survey of growth oriented micro and small enterprises owned by women in Tanzania, 2002/2003, Supported by the ILO: Geneva