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

"This paper analyzes the activities and distribution of value added in coffee and cut flower sectors value chains. The performance of the coffee sector has been declining since late 1980s, a complete contrast to the fast growth of cut flower industr…

Establishing Business Growth Opportunities by Analyzing theLinkage between Food Processing Entrepreneurs and Smallholder Farmers in order to Alleviate Poverty

"The objective of this study was to evaluate the linkage mechanism between grass roots rural agricultural (tomato) producers and urban food processors; to establish productivity indices for small-holder farmers and food processors; to assess the eff…

Contribution of Informal Businesses to Private Sector Development: A CaseStudy of the Central Region of Liberia

"The objective of the study is to assess the overall performance of IBs in order to determine their contribution to private sector-based economic interventions that are aimed at national socio-economic development in Liberia, using the CRL as a case…

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

"This study investigated the effects of investment climate factors on manufacturing firms’ growth in Uganda using panel data. The low and stagnant levels of manufacturing sector share in Gross Domestic Product in most African countries has been wide…

The State of Business Practices and the Impact of BDS on MSMEs in Lusaka and Kabwe, Zambia

"This study takes a closer look at the MSME sector in Zambia and examines the current state of affairs with regard to business practices, access to Business Development Services (BDS) and enterprise performance, with the view to beginning a process …

Globalization Threats to and Opportunities for Foreign Direct Investment Lessons for Uganda and Other Low Income Countries

"Virtually all countries are competitively pursuing globalization as one of the major strategies for attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). However, the Low Income Countries such as Uganda attract a lot less FDI inflows than the Middle and High…

Global Commodity Value Networks: Supply Chain Rigidities and Business Survival in Uganda’s Fishing Sector

"The major research question of the study was how supply chain rigidities affect business survival in Uganda's fishing sector. The rigidities were examined in the context of both efficiency and effectiveness of the fish value chain in meeting supply…

La Contribution des Institutions de Micro Finance au Financement des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises et l’Autonomisation des Femmes au Burundi / Contribution of Micro Finance Institutions in Financing Small and Medium Enterprises and the Empowerment of Wo

"The project proves to be innovative and could inspire the reflections on micro finance and the 'vulnerable groups'. Its overall objective is the analysis of the impact of services of MFIs on SMEs and the empowerment of women. Several specific objec…

Solutions Pratiques au Problème de Financement des PME au Cameroun / Practical Solutions to the Problem of SME Financing in Cameroon

"The role of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the fight against unemployment and the revival of economic activity is well established. Cameroon up till now suffers of a private sector that constitutes over 90% of unsustainable SMEs due to lac…

L’impact de la Politique Fiscale sur les Petites et Moyennes Entreprises au Togo / The Impact of Fiscal Policy on Small and Medium Enterprises in Togo

"This study's main objective is to evaluate the effect of taxation on the growth of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Togo. This is to see if the taxes encourage SME growth (effect of complementarity) or instead to discourage the emergence of S…

Genre et Performance Entrepreneuriale en République Démocratique du Congo / Gender and Entrepreneurial Performance in the Democratic Republic of Congo

"This Policy Brief explores the role of gender in the entrepreneurial performance in Democratic Republic of the Congo. It assesses the influence of gender on business performance while identifying differentiating factors between male and female entr…

Investissements Immatériels et Performance des PME Camerounaises / Intangible Investments and Performance of Cameroonian SME's

"The objective of this work is to analyze the effects of intangible investments on the performance of Cameroonian SMEs. In short, intangible investments are seen in theory and work dedicated to developed countries or to some large African companies …

Accords de Partenariat Economique et Système de Taxation des Importations des Entreprises au Congo-Brazzaville / Economic Partnership Agreements and System of Taxation of Imports of Companies in Congo-Brazzaville

"The European Union (EU) and the seventy-seven ACP countries (African, Caribbean and Pacific), including Congo-Brazzaville, are currently negotiating the economic partnership agreements (EPAs) with the aim of creating a free trade area, to be in acc…

Technologie de l'Information et de la Communication et Performance des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises en Republic du Congo / Information and Communication Technologies and Performance of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in the Republic of the Congo

"Les Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication (TIC) contribuent au renforcement de la performance des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises (PME) des villes de Brazzaville et Pointe-Noire. Elles permettent aux PME congolaises de réduire leurs…

Effets des Privatisations Camerounaises et Necessite d'une Redefinition du role des Parties Prenantes / Effects of Privatization and Cameroonian Need for Redefining the Role of Stakeholders

"20 years after the start of the privatization process occurred in Cameroon, we can ask questions about the real impact. The objective of this study is to analyze the effects of privatization of public enterprises in Cameroon regarding performance a…

Capital Social et Entrepreneuriat au Cameroun / Social Capital and Entrepreneurship in Cameroon

"Facing institutional constraints, entrepreneurship in Cameroon borrows both from the large businesses as well as the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Survival strategies, expansion and development are mainly based on the use of social capital. …

PME et Innovation : une Analyse Comparative Entre le Cameroun, le Congo et la RDC / SMEs and Innovation: a Comparative Analysis between Cameroon, Congo and DRC

"This work aims to identify the determinants of innovation in SMEs in Brazzaville(Congo), Douala(Cameroon) and Kinshasa(DRC). It is based on a joint survey conducted among 256 SMEs of the above mentioned cities, 100 SMEs in Brazzaville, 56 in Douala…

Crédit Bancaire et Performance des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises Tchadiennes à l’ère Pétrolière / Banking and Credit Performance of Small and Medium Enterprises in the Chadian Petroleum Age

"The purpose of this policy brief is to inform businesses and banks and the State on the influence of bank credit on the performance of Chadian companies in the petroleum era. Specifically, it shows that bank credit is a lever for economic- (turnove…

Small and Medium Enterprises and Devolved Government System: an Assessment of the Regulatory and Institutional Challenges Affecting the SMEs Development in Kenya

"According to the UNCTAD Secretary General in 2006, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are considered as sources of employment, competition, economic dynamism, and innovation. SMEs have the capacity to achieve rapid economic growth, while generatin…

Agricultural Policy Making in Mali

A strong political will is emerging on the part of government, after decades of neglect, to introduce reforms that will enable smallholder agriculture to be more efficient and eventually become the engine for the growth and sustainable development o…

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