About MDF

MDF Global B.V. is part of the MDF Training & Consultancy Group, which has nearly 30 years of experience. MDF Global B.V. provides training and consultancy services to a wide range of organizations to enable them to achieve sustainable results that matter for a better world.

The traditional activities of MDF are:

  • Training and capacity building (such as open-entry courses or tailor-made workshops); Monitoring and evaluation of programs;
  • Acting as an implementing partner, where MDF builds the capacity of universities in order to have a better market-fit for their research and development projects.

Together with MDF we run a 2 year project (starting July 2018) with collaboration and funding of the develoPPP.de programme of Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, and Sequa gGmbH, a globally active development organisation that provides assistance in the acquisition and implementation of international cooperation projects.

Through the project an innovative vocational distance learning offer will be developed in Ghana together with the University of Winneba. Through a blended learning concept, business modelling and agricultural business development skills of around 1,000 graduating students and peri-urban professionals shall be improved. Therefore, a needs assessment will be conducted, curriculum, training material (including e-learning and course creation app) will be developed, and Training-of-Trainers for ten professional training consultants and 100 teacher students about the implementation of a blended learning offer as well as public relation measures and a knowledge dissemination program will be realized. A business plan will support the University of Winneba in the continuation of the offer after the end of the project.

Youth unemployment in Ghana is high and according to a recent study by the Labour Research and Policy Institute, 250,000 young people enter the Ghanaian labour market every year. Yet many are unable to find formal employment. This ranges from graduates coming from high schools, technical education and vocational training (TVET) institutions to universities. Their skills do not match the demand of employers, so finding employment without proper training is nearly impossible. Out of necessity and lack of better options, the majority of youth are creating economic opportunities for themselves in the informal sector as own-account workers, domestic employees, apprentices, or unpaid family workers. To support youth in creating sustainable self-employment, the government of Ghana has launched numerous initiatives in the past decade. As a result of the 2010 National Youth Policy, several programmes have been introduced to build the capacity of youth to set up businesses and creating opportunities to access financial support. The majority of these initiatives place great emphasis on financial support (i.e. helping youth access loans), and while access to finance is certainly a major constraint for youth in starting their business, the programmes place limited emphasis on quality training (with relevant expertise input), guidance, and support in the actual implementation of the new business. As far as training is included in entrepreneurship programs, it typically has the form of classical open-entry or tailor-made classroom training. Due to the high costs of such trainings, many young people are excluded because of the fact that it is quite often too expensive and there are not enough resources to support the vast number of young people who would like to receive this entrepreneurship support.

Typical vocational training in Ghana has the form of open-entry or tailor-made classroom training, sometimes combined with on-the-job trainings. For various reasons, the reach of such programs is limited: On the one hand, creating courses takes time; on the other hand, the requirement of classroom infrastructure results in limited capacity and high costs. As a result, supply is much lower than demand and only the rather fortunate people can be reached. However, current vocational e-learning solutions have a broader but still limited outreach, as it requires high-speed internet access, which in Ghana so far is only available in urban areas and mainly for the middle and upper class. Thus, the disadvantaged, peri-urban, and rural labour force cannot be reached with commonly used e-learning solutions either.

This project addresses both problems by piloting an innovative vocational training hub, introducing a blended learning concept in a combination of physical and mobile learning. This solution can increase the outreach and impact of vocational training programs, making it accessible for large groups of underprivileged young people looking for jobs, and improving accessibility for the entire vocational training value chain in Ghana.

Besides its training and facilitation services, MDF regularly supports organizations in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of learning processes.

Clients of MDF include multi- and bilateral development organisations, international and national non-governmental organisations, national and regional government organisations, universities and higher education institutes, consulting firms, and alliances (e.g. the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the European Commission, World Bank/ InfoDev).

The company has subsidiaries in Ghana, Tanzania, the DRC, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam and representative offices in Kenya, Bolivia and Bangladesh. In Ghana, MDF Global has a subsidiary called MDF West Africa Ltd