Advisory services in private sector development (PSD)

We make markets work for the poor


Sittard is a platform of world class PSD experts


Paul Weijers started a new assignment in Bangladesh as Team Leader of the DFID-funded "Skills and Employment Programme". This GBP 17 million, 5-year programme aims to accelerate investment in technical and vocational education and training to create stronger links with productive work in the formal sector. The programme cultivates an enabling policy environment and transforms private sector training markets to support the absorption of large numbers of disadvantaged groups into skilled and semi-skilled employment It supports a skills training market that targets the poor and those with limited education. Interventions are tailored to employer needs in the ready made garments (RMG) sector and the Construction Industry and links to jobs that improve earning potential and subsequently enables beneficiaries to graduate from poverty.

Sittard is a cooperation structure of international experts, all specialized in one or more aspects of private sector development. Their combined expertise determines the expertise of Sittard. The experts of Sittard contribute to design and implementation of development cooperation programmes through short- and long term assignments.

Sittard's managing director Paul Weijers has more than 20 years of experience in private sector development. Other members of Sittard are Nguyen Phuong Thao, Per Frisk, Roshanjith Siriniwasa, Dunwell Eku, Willem van der Veer and Wolfgang Wiegel.

Sittard specializes in the following key expertise areas:
bullet Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).
bullet Business Development Services (BDS) market development and developing markets for the poor (M4P)
bullet Value chain development (agricultural products, tourism, garment, construction, plastic, forest products, furniture, light engineering, automotive repair, bricks production)
bullet Planning, monitoring and evaluation, including the DCED Standard for results measurement
bullet Business enabling environment and Public Private Dialogue (PPD)
bullet Information and communication technology (ICT) for private sector development
Sittard operates globally, with concentration on Asia and Africa. Key countries include (in Asia) Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan (and in Africa) Ghana, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya and Nigeria.
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