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Entrepreneuriat des Jeunes et Développement de l’Esprit d’Entreprise au Maroc : l’Expérience de Moukawalati / Youth Entrepreneurship and the Entrepreneurship Spirit in Morocco : the Moukawalati Experience

"The Moukawalati programme, which is the subject of our research, aims to combat youth unemployment in Morocco through the promotion of the enterprise spirit and the improvement of the business climate. Hence the formulation of several recommenda...

Peut-on Lutter Contre la Corruption dans les Marchés Publics au Burkina Faso ? / Can We Fight Against Corruption in Public Procurement in Burkina Faso ?

"This document demonstrates that small and medium enterprises (SMEs) play an important role in the economy of Burkina Faso. Only, this role is limited by weak private demand. Public markets are in this context an alternative first choice. However,...

Fishing for Solutions in the Great Lakes Region

"Adoption of sustainable fishing practices could save the Nile perch, lift incomes, and preserve livelihoods among Uganda’s poor. When Henry Kityo got into the fishing business eight years ago, his boat reliably pulled 40 kilograms of Nile perch...

Artisans must Adapt to Reach New Markets

"Just three years ago, Elizabeth Njeri was scraping by as a subsistence farmer and part-time potter in Kenya’s central highlands. Then opportunity struck. As she was peddling her wares one day at a local market, a visiting trader placed a large ...

Polarisation des Activités économiques et Restauration des Zones Humides : une Analyse Coûts -Bénéfices Appliquée à la région du lac Tchad / Polarization of Economic Activities and Restoration of Wetlands: an Analysis of Cost-benefits applied to the Regio

"The draining of 90% of the area of Lake Chad has led the riparian States to develop a waters transfer project from the Ubangi River to Lake Chad. As for any project, an economic analysis is however necessary to justify the desirability of its imp...

Agricultural Productivity, Climate Change and the Entrepreneurship of Smallholder Farmers: Case of the Central and Western Regions of Liberia

"Liberia was making frantic efforts towards achieving food security through improvements in smallholder farmers’ productivity. However, the 1989-2003 civil conflict destroyed the economic life of the country, and reversed the positive trend toward...

Strategic Options for Small-scale Maize Seed System Development in West and Central Africa

"Seed can play a critical role in increasing agricultural productivity. It is an essential, strategic and an inexpensive input that often determines crop yields and the productivity of all other agricultural inputs. Taking into consideration the ...

The Effects of Investment Climate on Manufacturing Firms’ Growth in Uganda

"This policy brief highlights findings on the effects of investment climate factors on manufacturing firms’ growth in Uganda. The low and stagnant level of manufacturing sector share in Gross Domestic Product within most African countries has be...

Contract Enforcement in Ugandan Business in Transactions: The Case of Small and Medium Enterprises

"This study examines the extent to which small and medium sized business in Uganda use formal agreements when purchasing supplies. It also looks at the dispute resolution mechanisms the SMEs use when suppliers do not honour their contractual oblig...

The Impact of Microfinance Service Delivery on the Growth of SME's in Uganda

"This policy brief examines the impact of microfinance service delivery on the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Eastern Uganda. The objectives of the study were as follows: Establish whether MFIs service delivery lead to grow...

Women Entrepreneurship in Fresh Fruit and Vegetables (WEFFV) Project

"The production and marketing of Fresh Fruit and Vegetables (FFV) has become an important economic activity for women in Zimbabwe for their livelihoods, income earning and food security. This brief discusses the factors that affect women’s competi...

Promoting Alternative Finance for SME's in Uganda

"This policy brief outlines policy actions the Government of Uganda, and other stakeholders, can take to help mitigate the perennial problem of limited access to finance by small and medium-sized enterprises(SMEs). It also outlines policy actions...

Integrating SMEs in the Devolved Government System; Policy Options for Institutional and Regulatory Framework in Kenya

"Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are an important sub-sector for the Kenyan economy. It employs about 85 percent of the Kenyan workforce (about 7.5 million Kenyans of the country’s total employment). The current constitution provides a ...

Economic Participation of Businesswomen in Sudan: Progress, Problems and Prospects

"This research investigates the possible problems businesswomen still face in Sudan, notwithstanding the government’s policies to promote businesswomen. These problems include the business environment and infrastructure, access to finance, not...

Institutional, Legal and Regulatory Reforms to Enhance Labour Export in Uganda

"Export of labour through temporary migration is increasingly recognised worldwide as a pro-poor export strategy with significant development impacts in the poorest countries. Developing countries with excess labour, high levels of unemployment an...

Regulatory and Competition–Related Reforms in Kenya’s Power and Petroleum Sectors

"Kenya embarked on a process to reform its energy sector in earnest after mid-1990. The enactment of the Electric Power Act, 1997 and later the Energy Act, 2006 set the stage for reform in the two energy sub-sectors. The two legislations laid the ...

Towards Urban Poverty Alleviation in Tanzania: A case for the Use of Housing Licences to Access Credit

"In Tanzania, mainstreaming or formalisation of the informal sector, was started with the aim of increasing participation of the informal businesses in the country’s economy. This policy brief highlights the willingness of the community to use ho...

Value Addition in the Coffee Industry in Kenya: Lessons from the Cut Flower Sector

"The cut flower industry in Kenya is characterised by a number of features which result in the relatively large proportion of value added accruing to farmers. The vertically integrated value chain enables the sector to adjust and respond quickly ...

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) among SMEs in Cameroon: Entrenching Environmental Conservation within Small Business

"In Cameroon, the practice of CSR is critical in that the important environmental aspects are often neglected by industrial enterprises. Despite the positive impacts of the industrial sector in economic and social development, we should consider...

Comparative Business Practices and Productivity Performance between Family and Non-family Firms: Perceptions and Poverty Reduction Effects in Cameroon

"This policy brief attempts to explain productivity performance between family and non-family firms in Cameroon. It also attempts to determine whether family firms’ relative contribution to the social and economic development of a country is relat...

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