Challenges Worldwide

We grow enterprises in emerging economies


A strong and prosperous economy is the best way to address poverty 

Company growth creates jobs and a secure income for people living in town and cities.  This also helps rural farmers who depend upon urban businesses to process, package and sell their goods.  Earning your own money is the first step towards reducing the need for charity or aid and helps communities to develop a stable way to support themselves.

Since 1999 we have worked in over 40 countries across the world supporting people and enterprises to work together to help their community have better access to goods, services and money.

Since 2014 we have been focusing our work on Sub-Saharan Africa. With funding from the UK Government, we are working with young people and small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) across Ghana, Uganda, Rwanda and Zambia to help people learn the skills that are needed to improve and grow local businesses and create sustainable economies that promote prosperity for all.


Prosperity, not Poverty

By focussing on helping urban businesses to grow, we are allowing individuals, families and communities up and down the supply chain to become prosperous.

Prosperity isn’t just about counting wealth, it’s about accessing all of the benefits that wealth brings: access to safe drinking water; food security; a good education; fair and equal job opportunities;  decent health care and protection from the effects of climate change. 

If we can help developing nations to become prosperous, their people have a better chance of improving their standard of living without relying on international aid and charity.  

That is truly sustainable development!


Get involved

Can you help support the growth of an African SME?

Do you want to learn how to consult or manage in a professional manner?

Can you help us to better understand the markets that SMEs work in? 

Look at our placement and learning options below

Challenges Worldwide International Citizen Service

Challenges Worldwide International Citizen Service

UK Government funded business support placements for 18 - 25 year olds With funding from the UK Government, we provide African businesses with a consultancy intervention to help them understand their business better and suggest improvements to reduce the barriers to growth that they face.
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Professional Learning

Professional Learning

We provide training and qualifications in Professional Consulting and Management & Leadership that are accredited by the Chartered Management Institute.
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University Research Placements

University Research Placements

We provide International field research placements for Postgraduate students from a number of Universities studying varying subjects
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Our impact


People trained in Professional Consulting
People qualified in Professional Consulting


SMEs have received consultancy support
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Challenges Worldwide,

5 – 7 Montgomery Street Lane




0131 564 1588

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