Enterprise Development and Financing (€DF)

- Presentation of Bert van Manen's work


€DF is a small consulting firm owned and operated by Mr. Bert van Manen. Mr van Manen is an international finance consultant and trainer, focussing on development and financing of private enterprises and agriculture in emerging and developing countries.

In more than twenty-five years of consulting, the central thread through Mr. van Manen's work has been private sector financing including SMEs, microfinance and agriculture. Thus, following a participatory approach, Mr. van Manen helps entrepreneurs formulate their business plans. He works with banks and MFIs to assess their clients’ creditworthiness and manage risk. He advises governments on private sector financing. He is training entrepreneurs, consultants and bankers in investment, loan and risk analysis. Mr. van Manen also undertakes monitoring and evaluation following results-based management methods. Recently, Mr. van Manen has undertaken comparative and policy studies into SME and agricultural financing.

Having started his professional career in international investment banking, Mr. van Manen combines financial expertise with knowledge of business support services for the private sector in emerging markets. He is analytical and conceptual, yet highly practical in his recommendations.

Some career highlights are the following:

Specific capacities: Project manager, evaluator, team leader, financial expert, restructuring expert, and trainer

Languagues: English, French, Portuguese, Dutch

International Experience:

Europe: Netherlands, Belgium, France, Ireland, Spain. Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine

Asia: Afghanistan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan (long-term intermittent), Kyrgyzstan, DPR Korea, Malaysia (long-term), Mongolia (long-term intermittent), Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Vietnam

MENA and Middle East: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, UAE

Sub-Sahara Africa: Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, DR Congo, Congo Brazzaville, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau (long-term), Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Other: USA, Curacao, Jamaica

Organisations worked for:

Private organisations and consulting firms: ABG, ABN-Amro Bank, ACE, Adam Smith Institute, Africare, Agrisystems, Almaty School of Management, APE, BEES, Ecorys, Enclude, EuronAid, EPTISA, Fair & Sustainable, FMO, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, GFA, St. Intent, ICCO, iNZet, KPMG, MDF, Nuffic, Marcus Evans, Mott MacDonald, Pohl Consulting, Proman, RAL, RIM Burundi, Sofreco, Stoas, Transtec.

International organisations: BTC, EU / Tacis, EU / EDF, IFC, World Bank, ADB, NL-DGIS and NL Embassies, CDE, CTA, FAO, IFAD, SNV, UNIDO, UNDP, UNOPS, British Know How Fund, EFSE, local and international NGOs.

Services: M&E, Policy, SME banking and SME support, Training, Procurement

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