Work In Progress!

Work In Progress Somaliland

About Work in Progress!

Work in Progress! is a program offering tailored business development services (BDS) to 10-15 selected small and medium size enterprises (SME) with strong potential for employing women and youth in Somaliland. The program strengthens the capacity of participating businesses by providing tailored BDS ranging from fundamental business principals, concepts and services, to individual enterprise advisory and technical support. Work in Progress! is intended to enhance participants’ capacity to create jobs for women and youth, and increase the likelihood of securing funding.

Who Should Apply?

  1. Check that you are eligible to participate in this program by meeting the requirements below:

    • Privately owned business (at least a year in operation, expanding, or diversifying)

    • Located in Somaliland and current or potential employers of between 10 - 250

    • High potential to scale employment for women and youth

    • Business seeking financing and BDS training

  2. If you meet the eligibility requirements above, download and complete the Concept Note Template.

  3. Save your complete concept note and complete the Work in Progress! Program Application.

  4. Submit your application. Shuraako will review your materials and reach out with the next steps, if you meet the requirements.

How to apply deadline


Selected Applicants Will Participate in:

Selected applicants will participate in



WIP Case Studies

These case studies highlight the business services provided to three Work in Progress! participants:

Tayo Case Study
French Pastry Case Study
KEEPS Case Study



Oxfam            Shuraako Connect Invest Somalia.             Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands as part of LED (Local Employment in Africa).



Work in Progress! is made possible through the support of Oxfam and Shuraako - a program of One Earth Future. It is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands as part of LED (Local Employment in Africa).