The Challenges Group is a family of companies committed to a more prosperous world.
We are an international development consultancy that specialises in working with small and medium-sized enterprises, offering effective and impactful business solutions.
Since 1999, we have worked with governments, businesses and agencies in both the public and private sectors, delivering operational and advisory services. We have a long list of current clients and an even longer list of successes. Our network of consultants, experts and partners is unrivalled.
In short, we know what we’re doing, we know it works, and we’ve been doing it a long time.
We know that if businesses grow everyone benefits through increased earnings and stable jobs leading to growth in the wider economy.
Our Vision – Thriving networks of businesses that are in a position to access economic opportunities and succeed independently.
Our Mission – To enable businesses to grow, through implementing good practice and encouraging the development of SME-centred products and services.
Challenges has been operating globally for almost 20 years, from South America to Far East Asia. Since 1999, we’ve operated in 66 countries, supporting more than 3000 enterprises and tens of thousands of people. In the past four years alone, we’ve partnered with more than 600 companies in Sub-Saharan Africa, where we have established offices and full-time teams in Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia.
What We Do
The Challenges Group offers a range of operational, implementation and advisory services to small and medium-sized enterprises. These include business development, market assessments, commercial linkages, impact evaluation, investment readiness, and project management.
We also offer a learning and development programme in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute. These accredited CMI training courses cover management best practice, enabling individuals to grow as business leaders who can make a positive economic impact upon their communities.
We have also led multi-agency commercial initiatives in rural communities, such as in Rwanda where we’re enabling seven coffee co-operatives to access global markets, and in Malawi where we’re establishing commercial hubs to better balance supply chains and improve conditions for farmers.
Within urban centres, we continue to support banks, insurers, manufacturers and other businesses to design new products and services, with our networks and expertise providing invaluable insights and highlighting opportunities within the SME business landscape.
Challenges' footprint since 1999
Since 1999, Challenges has worked in the following 66 countries, delivering support to more than 3000 SMEs:
Africa: Botswana, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland (now Eswatini), Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Asia: Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines and Sri Lanka.
Central & South America: Antigua, Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru.
Europe: Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Romania, Kyrgyzstan, Serbia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and the UK.
Middle East: Afghanistan, Palestine, Israel and Saudi Arabia.