Pilot Micro Enterprise Development Programme
ACROSS is an international interdenominational Christian organization founded in 1972. It operates exclusively in Southern Sudan where it has five bases and with its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. Over the years, the organization has changed its approach, and now focuses on capacity building and training aiming towards transformational development. ACROSS has implemented many projects in various locations in Southern Sudan among them is the pilot MED Programme in the Greater Yei River Counties. MED Pilot Programme was started in September 2005 in Yei and the neighbouring Counties for one year funded by Strømme Foundation with the aim of responding to the enormous need of financial services to invigorate the local economy and thereby poverty alleviation, using the approach of promoting and mobilizing community savings in groups. The purpose for evaluating was to establish, with empirical evidence, the extent planned MED programme objectives were achieved, the results realized, challenges encountered, inherent strengths, replicable lessons and recommend best way forward after of the pilot project.