Jimmy Ebong is the Research Specialist of Financial Sector Deepening Uganda. The research function at FSD Uganda provides evidence and knowledge that may be used by stakeholders to evolve policies, regulations, products, services and institutional arrangements that can steer the financial sector towards meeting the financial needs of low income Ugandans and small enterprises.
Jimmy Ebong is a research specialist contributing to the development and implementation of FSDU’s strategic and business plan, as well as overseeing rollout of research strategy and action plans, facilitating capacity building of colleagues and partners, as well as developing a funding strategy for the research pillar.
Before joining FSD Uganda, Jimmy was part of a team that initiated Match Maker Fund Management, an outfit managing SME Impact Fund in Tanzania. He worked as a senior advisor for local businesses and for various international public and donor funded projects promoting private sector and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) development in Eastern and Southern Africa. As a Senior Consultant, Jimmy successfully completed over 40 consultancy assignments in Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, South Sudan, Nigeria and in Uganda. He led numerous technical assistance, conducted diagnostic studies and formulated projects, conducted evaluations and research assignments, as well as implemented project on promoting business development for impact financing, IFAD funded initiative on rural entrepreneurship and a CORDAID funded initiative to enhance access to markets. Jimmy served as an Enterprise Development Specialists on an initiative to enhance employment and income for women and youth in Kilimanjaro Region in Tanzania.
Conversant with Private Sector Development (PSD) approaches such as: Value Chain Development (VCD), Business Development Services (BDS), Market Systems Development (MSD) and making markets work for the poor (M4P), inclusive financing and Impact financing.
Holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), Master of Arts in Economic Policy and Planning (MAEPP) and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences. In addition, attended multiple professional skills development courses.Posted on