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Impact of ICT Investment, Ownership and Use in the Cassava Value Chain in South Western Nigeria

"Most of Africa’s peoples live in rural areas where agriculture is the main economic activity. In Nigeria, for instance, agriculture is the occupation of more than 60 per cent of the total work force, providing both formal and informal employment fo…

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

"This study assessed whether SMEs in Botswana have the institutional support that allows them to be competitive both domestically and internationally. Ironically, the results indicate that SMEs in Botswana generally have a lot of institutional supp…

Impact of Credit and Training on Enterprise Performance: Evidence from Urban Ethiopia

This study evaluates the impact of business-development-support programs (credit, training, and a combination of both) on the performance of micro- and small enterprises (MSEs) in Ethiopia. Using 2015 Ethiopian urban survey data and employing endo…

Are Private Sustainability Standards Obstacles to, or Enablers of, SME Participation in Value Chains? Insights from South Africa and Kenya

This discussion paper examines the roles of South Africa and Kenya as regional gateways for global value chains (GVCs) coordinated by multinational corporations (MNCs), and the obstacles small and medium enterprises (SMEs) face in entering those va…

La Performance des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises en Ouganda: Le Rôle de l'Innovation / Performance of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Uganda: The Role of Innovation

Using the 2013 World Bank Enterprise Survey data for Uganda, this paper employs the quintile estimation technique to explain the relationship between innovation and firm performance in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Innovation involves t…

Building Capacity for the Development of Factoring in Africa to Accelerate Trade Development and to Support the AfCFTA

This Policy Brief developed by the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and the African Export–Import Bank (Afreximbank) explores the opportunities offered by factoring which provides a solution to address the financing gap for Small and Medi…

Factoring in Africa to Support Trade Development: Challenges and Opportunities for Growth through Capacity Development

This occasional paper is about factoring, known as the selling or transferring of accounts receivable to secure funds that are immediately available. The process provides a solution to address the financing gap for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs…

Financial Literacy as a Tool of Business Transformation for Small and Medium Enterprises in Uganda

Majority of the businesses in developing countries, Uganda inclusive fall under Small and Medium Enterprises. They employ the largest part of the population and contribute to livelihood improvement and sustainability. SMEs thus play a significant ro…

The Productivity Cost of Power Outages for Manufacturing Small and Medium Enterprises in Senegal

This paper investigates the productivity effects of power outages on manufacturing Small Scale Enterprises (SMEs) in Senegal, using a panel data on manufacturing firms. Productivity is estimated using stochastic frontier models, and power outages me…

Economic Impact Analysis of Credit Guarantee Schemes in Eswatini: A Case of the Small Scale Enterprise Loan Guarantee Scheme (SSELGS)

Using data from 315 beneficiaries of the Small Scale Enterprise Loan Guarantee Scheme, this study assesses the impact of the Small Scale Loan Guarantee Scheme. The study assessed both the financial and economic additionality of the scheme. The study…

Access to Credit for the Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Senegal

While they represent more than 80% of Senegal’s industrial fabric, and against a backdrop of excess bank liquidity, only less than 18% of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the country have access to credit. This study sets out to identif…

How Currency Fluctuations Affect SME Access to Credit and Investment Decisions: The Case Study of Uganda, Kenya and Ghana

Exchange rate fluctuations affect the major decisions made by Small, Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries. This policy brief examines how a depreciation or an appreciation of a country’s local currency against foreign currencies affects…

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