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Lessons from Taiwan: Skills Development, Trade and SMEs

"In the paper Role of Education in Taiwan's Economic Development: Lessons for South Africa a brief account of Taiwan's education systems under the Japanese occupation, and in the period between 1945-2000 is given. Educational reforms are described...

Performance and Competitiveness of Small and Medium Sized Manufacturing Enterprises in Botswana

"Small and Medium Enterprises play a crucial role in achieving the industrial and economic development objectives of an economy. SME's play an important role in employment creation, especially for the unskilled and semi skilled. They also possess ...

The Role of Information and Communication Technology in Small and Medium Enterprise Development in Botswana. Results of the pilot phase of a project sponsored by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and Institute for Development Policy

"The paper analyses the role of information and communication technologies (ICT's) in small and medium enterprise developments in Botswana. It outlines the economic and policy background to SME development, and presents an analysis of the SME sect...

Increasing Employment Opportunities : Navigating Africa’s Complex Job Market

Chapter 2 of the Foresight Africa 2017 report, explores six overarching themes that provide opportunities for Africa to overcome its obstacles and spur inclusive growth. The themes are as follows: The tipping point: The youth bulge and the sub-Sah...

Improving the Growth and Transition of Small and Medium Enterprises in the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area

In the face of rising population numbers, urban areas in Uganda are increasingly facing competition for their resources. More than one out of every five Ugandans are residing in urban areas and the urban population is expected to triple in the nex...

An Agenda for Civil Society: A Business Critique? Shaping South Africa's Region Building Role

The Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cape Town, South Africa, hosted a one-day policy advisory group seminar at the Double Tree By Hilton Cape Town Hotel, on 20 October 2017, on the theme “An Agenda for Civil Society: A Business Critique? S...

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 obj...

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 leu...

New Entrepreneurs and High Performance Enterprises in the Middle East and North Africa

"The report analyses the challenges and opportunities facing young enterprises and their owners throughout the MENA region. It provides a balanced review of the arguments for and against an active government policy supporting high growth enterpr...

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 acc...

The role of Development Financial Institutions in the Acquisition of Technological Capabilities by Small and Medium Enterprises in Kenya

"The research examines the role of Development Financial Institutions in the Acquisition of Technological Capabilities in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Kenya. Empirical research has shown that technological capabilities hold the key to co...

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