Impact Assessment

Impact Analysis 2005-6 of the Nucleus Approach, Sri Lanka, GTZ 2007

    Since 2002, the Sri Lankan German Economic Strategy Support Programme (ESSP) in Kandy, Sri Lanka has applied the Nucleus Approach, involving five business chambers, one association and one national NGO as implementing partners. A 'Nucleus' is a working group of entrepreneurs (e g carpenters, hotel owners, exporters, women entrepreneurs) within a business chamber or association, which is moderated, organized and accompanied by a counsellor employed by the implementing institution. At the end of 2006, the participating chambers had organized about 180 Nuclei with 2,700 entrepreneurs. This impact analysis aims to assess the impact of the Nucleus Approach in the context of ESSP between 2002 and 2007 and to derive at lessons learned as well as recommendations.

    Methods for info gathering
    The analysis is based on interviews of 852 entrepreneurs, of whom 50% had been interviewed twice in 2005 and 2006. Twelve percent of them belong to a control group who are chamber members, but did not participate in Nuclei. In addition, m&e data, experiences from other countries and individual observations are utilized.

    Summary of results
    The Nucleus Approach has worked successfully and has caused many positive impacts on all intervention levels - micro, meso and broader effects.