The SEDF project is a partnership between the provincial Departments of Economic Development in the Free State and KwaZulu Natal and the International Labour Organization, made possible through funding provided by the Flanders Government.
The core aim of the SEDF is to promote the development of Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) that can grow local economies and create decent work opportunities,particularly among youth and women. Through its programmes, the SEDF also encourages businesses to make the transition from informal business practices to formal business compliance.
The SMME database is a voluntary national register where businesses can list their company details and in return get access to support and resources to help grow and formalise their business.
Businesses who are members of the database can access free e-learning modules on various business subjects.
An important component of the SEDF is the enterPRIZE Challenge. This is a competitive process to identify the best business plans in defined sectors.