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Female Entrepreneurship, Access to Credit, and Firms' Performance in Senegal

Despite an increase in the share of female-owned existing and new start-up firms in Senegal, there is still a wide belief that female entrepreneurs are discriminated against in the credit market. This paper empirically investigates such gender-based…

Female Entrepreneurship, Access to Credit and Firms' Performance in Senegal

There has been a noticeable improvement in female entrepreneurship in Senegal. From 2007 to 2014, the total share of female-owned firms in the country has grown from 23.8% to 32.1%. The share of female entrepreneurs in new start-ups, in particular…

Macroeconomics Implications of Female Entrepreneurs Facing Financial Frictions in Credit Access: A DSGE Model Approach in Cameroon

Financial inclusion in developing economies remains a major concern nowadays, both for national policymakers and international stakeholders. For a country like Cameroon, aspiring to an emergence in 2035, the key challenge is to identify and overco…

Is there Discrimination Against Female Entrepreneurs in Formal Credit Markets in Nigeria?

Access to finance is often cited as one of the major factors impeding the growth of women-owned businesses in developing countries. However, one critical question that remains in the existing literature is whether this “access problem” is due to act…

Is there Discrimination against Women Entrepreneurs in Formal Credit Markets in Nigeria?

This research investigates whether women entrepreneurs in small and medium-sized enterprise (SMEs) in Nigeria are marginalised in formal credit markets compared to their male counterparts. The study also investigates the impact of credit access on…

Exploring Fintech Solutions for Women

New digital technologies are revolutionizing the financial services industry around the world. Africa has been an innovation hub in this area, due to its rapid adoption of mobile communication networks. How might the explosion of fintech platforms…

Financing of Infrastructure

"In response to the global financial crisis of 2008–09, banks radically cut back on lending, especially for long-term projects. Governments worldwide, gambling on a big positive multiplier effect on aggregate demand, increased fiscal spending throu…

Scoping Study of Capacity Building, Grants, Scholarships, Fellowships and Training

The purpose of this study is to provide an assessment of the current scale of capacity building support for graduate research and training in the social sciences in Africa generally, but particularly in PASGR’s initial six focus countries (Ghana, Ke…

Small and Medium Enterprise Access to Finance in Ethiopia: Synthesis of Demand and Supply

"In this paper, we analyze the financing gap of SMEs in Ethiopia and recommend ways of addressing the financing gap. Specifically, the study addresses a) the financing needs and financing options of SMEs in Ethiopia, b) Key constraints of SMEs acces…

From 'Crowding out to Crowding in': Towards an Institutional Analysis of Adaptation Funds

"Quantifying the cost of funding adaptation to climate change (‘adaptation finance’) is difficult. There is a broad range of estimates, with the UN suggesting an annual requirement of $49–171 billion by 2030. The issue becomes more complicated when…

AERC Scoping Studies on China-Africa Relations: A Research Report on Zimbabwe

"This paper seeks to explore Zimbabwe’s growing relationship with China. This will be done by giving a brief overview of the deepening political relations. The paper will then analyse economic and commercial ties between the two nations and the impa…

China – Africa Relations: A Case Study of Ghana

"There is a huge research gap in understanding the channels through which the trade, investment and aid relations between these Asian countries and Africa affect these sub-sectors and also their resultant impact on economic growth and poverty reduc…

AERC Scoping Studies on China Africa Economic Relations : The Case of The Gambia

"The relationship between The Gambia and Taiwan has been cordial and multifaceted, since the resumption of diplomatic relations in 1995. It is based on shared common understanding and mutual respect. These have been shaping the relations of the tw…

AERC Scoping Studies on China-Africa Economic Relations: The Case of Tanzania

"The lessons drawn here have been extracted from broader studies which have analyzed the China-Africa relations. However, in order to assess their validity to the Tanzanian case it is important, therefore, to commission a country study which will l…

African Development in the Context of New World Trade and Financial Regimes: The Role of the WTO and Its Relationship to the World Bank and the IMF

"While mindful of the potentially positive consequences of globalization for Africa, this paper posits that conscious policies are required to ensure that trade openness and increased private capital inflows lead to enhanced and sustained growth. De…

Exchange Rate Policy and Economic Reform in Ethiopia

"This paper summarizes the macroeconomic consequences of an over-valued currency. It describes the extent of foreign exchange misalignment in Ethiopia and its impact on the foreign exchange rate and the premium obtained through commodity smuggling i…

External Aid Inflows and the Real Exchange Rate in Ghana

"This paper develops an empirical model for Ghana’s real exchange rate with special focus on foreign aid. The novelty of this study is the interfacing of exports with a policy environment, using aid as proxy, to see how it affects export performanc…

The Cost of Aid Tying to Ghana

"This study investigates the prices of tied foreign aid imports by estimating the price differentials between tied aid imports and non-aid imports from bilateral sources to Ghana. The study finds a significant mark-up on the prices of tied aid impo…

SAIIA Newsletter vol. 8, no. 1, 1976

This newsletter contains four articles and three brief reports: Ian M. Hume’s article discusses the World Bank and its assistance to Africa. It gives a general outline of the Bank and its structural framework and structure of operations before focus…

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Its Impact in Sub-Saharan Africa and Implications for France's G8 Presidency

"The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and malaria is a public-private partnership established in 2002 to mobilize and disburse resources to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria in mid and low income countries in parts of Africa, the Car…

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