Business Development Services (BDS) are a key facilitator of Private Sector Development in EU partner countries. BDS are important within a development context, because they can help micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in developing countries to run their business more profitably, allowing the private sector to become a more effective driver of socially-inclusive development.

BDS are provided by public and private suppliers to MSMEs who use them to increase their operating efficiency and grow their businesses. BDS cover a wide range of non-financial services such as:

  • training and technical assistance
  • advisory services
  • policy and advocacy support
  • marketing assistance
  • market access services
  • infrastructure services
  • promoting business linkages and
  • support for technology and product development.