Our hallmark approach, Nucleus, entails the creation and running of working groups of entrepreneurs who come together to implement activities and foster interest in their sectors. A Nucleus is a working group of entrepreneurs of the same sector who discuss their issues and undertake collective activities to address these issues. It is an

  • action centre,
  • a communication centre, and an
  • advocacy group.

The Nucleus Approach is a viable tool to achieve holistic development of MSMEs, at scale.

The Nucleus Approach was one of the most dynamic tools implemented by the (Economic Strategy Support Program – ESSP) project and since there was a huge demand for it from chambers as well as other stakeholders the Nucleus Foundation was created with the support of GIZ as an exit strategy to carry on the approach in the country… I have worked closely with them in my capacity as Team Leader of the GIZ ESSP program which introduced the concept to Sri Lanka and have no hesitation in recommending this approach for SME promotion and livelihood development activities.

Dr Volker Steigerwald
Team Leader, GIZ Economic Strategy Support Program