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Connecting the Kigali Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Posted By Laura Denick, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Connecting the Kigali Entrepreneurial Ecosystem 

By Swisscontact and Credit Suisse

The Kigali ecosystem has seen a tremendous increase in entrepreneurial activities and the emergence of new Entrepreneurial Support Organizations (ESOs) over the last few years. In fact, Kigali today has one of the highest ratios of ESOs per inhabitant globally. However, the existence of these ESOs is not the principal requirement for a well-functioning ecosystem. More important is the degree to which the different actors are interconnected, whether they work in a collaborative way, and how well these services are focused around the specific needs of entrepreneurs

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Tags:  Africa  entrepreneurship ecosystems  sector publication 

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Spurring Entrepreneurship in A Nascent Ecosystem: How Mella Inspires Young and Aspiring Entrepreneurs in Ethiopia

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Spurring Entrepreneurship in A Nascent Ecosystem: How Mella Inspires Young and Aspiring Entrepreneurs in Ethiopia

By Triple Jump commissioned by the Dutch Good Growth Fund

Mella is an entrepreneurship program in Ethiopia, launched by Novastar Ventures, an Africa-based venture capital firm focusing on investment in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Nigeria, with support from DGGF Financing Local SMEs. Mella’s virtual platform connects a young audience with successful entrepreneurs and inspires them in their ambitions of starting or growing their businesses. This document provides an overview of the program and its main success factors. It includes an overview of all the main stakeholders in the ecosystem. Furthermore, it provides lessons learned on how Mella can serve as an example to be replicated in other countries or regions, from conception and fundraising to growth, branding and provision of services. (Please note that the paper was completed before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.)

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Tags:  africa  sector publication 

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Charting the Future for Africa's Largest Economy: Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Nigeria

Posted By Anna Santiago, Aspen Institute, Friday, May 1, 2020

Charting the Future for Africa's Largest Economy: Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Nigeria

By Dalberg

In this report, Dalberg quantifies the potential impact of COVID-19 and the current global economic situation on Africa’s largest economy, identifies potential actions to mitigate the economic impacts, and calls for deeper collaboration between the public, private, and social sectors. Micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are spotlighted, and the impacts of the structural inequality in Nigeria are brought to life, including findings that suggest COVID-19 will differentially affect the poor, and groups such as women and youth. The report covers sectors including agriculture, industry (focused on manufacturing and infrastructure), and services (focused on arts and entertainment, education, finance, healthcare, and trade).

 

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Tags:  Africa  COVID-19  sector publication 

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Talent to de-Risk and Accelerate Investment (TRAIN)

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Monday, February 10, 2020

Talent to de-Risk and Accelerate Investment (TRAIN)

By Open Capital and USAID

SGBs often face particularly acute challenges in raising capital. The USAID-supported “Talent to de-Risk and Accelerate Investment (TRAIN)” initiative aimed to test the combination of a new, streamlined due diligence approach with a talent-enabled model of post-investment support to reduce investor risk. In this report, Open Capital, as TRAIN implementer, shares lessons, observations and ideas from TRAIN to enable more investors and ecosystem stakeholders to engage more effectively with early-stage SGBs in East and Southern Africa.

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Tags:  africa  sector publication  talent 

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Formalizing SMEs in Sub-Saharan Africa

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Monday, November 25, 2019
Updated: Monday, November 25, 2019

Formalizing SMEs in Sub-Saharan Africa
By Investisseurs & Partenaires

This report defines characteristics of "informality" in the context of labor and jobs and differentiates between how companies and employees are affected by informality.  Entrepreneurs and employees fear that benefits of formalization will not outweigh the costs spent to achieve it.  The report concludes that in the long term, improvements to fundamentals in the African business landscape, such as economic growth and improved training, will produce gradual but significant positive effects.

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Tags:  africa  sector publication  smes 

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AFA Case Study: Digital Pathways for Youth in Agriculture

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 15, 2019

Digital Pathways for Youth in Agriculture
by Mercy Corps  AgriFin Accelerate

What do we know about young African farmers today? What support do they need to drive change and growth in African agriculture? AFA interviewed 23 young farmers across 10 villages in two Kenyan counties to more fully understand their financial and agricultural portfolios, needs, and outlooks. What they found were key variations in capacities and aspirations across sub-segments of young farmers – suggesting a need to customize supports and services to fit different youth persona profiles.

Tags:  2019  AFApublication  Africa  Agriculture  Mercy Corps  Sustainable Ag  Youth 

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Banking in Africa - Delivering on Financial Inclusion, Supporting Financial Stability

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 23, 2019

In its fourth edition, this report focuses on recent developments in Africa’s banking sectors and the policy options for all stakeholders. The study of banking sectors across all African sub-regions includes the results of the EIB survey of banking groups operating in Africa. Three thematic chapters address challenges and opportunities for financing investment in Africa: (a) Crowding out of private sector lending by public debt issuance; (b) The state of bank recovery and resolution laws in Africa; and (c) Policy options on how to finance infrastructure development. The report finds that in many African banking markets, the last two years saw a pause in financial deepening. However, a rising share of banking groups report improving market conditions and plan a structural expansion of their operations in Africa and a continued push for new technologies.

Tags:  2019  Access to Finance  Africa  finance  sector publication 

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What Have We Learned: Financing Social Businesses in Uganda

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, December 5, 2018
What Have We Learned: Financing Social Businesses in Uganda
by YUNUS Social Business and USAID

Financing and supporting early-stage businesses in Uganda is not an easy task. Social businesses in the early growth stages require patience and support to hone their model and serve more people. In this report with USAID, YUNUS Social Business looks critically at their venture philanthropy fund in order to share their learnings from their portfolio and investment and support strategy. The report describes their investment processes, strategies, and their new criteria moving forward. Learn more.

Tags:  2018  Africa  investing  philanthropy  sector publication  uganda 

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On the functioning of agricultural markets in Mali: Strategies for development

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, December 5, 2018
On the functioning of agricultural markets in Mali: Strategies for development
by USAID and CrossBoundary

This study, commissioned by USAID's Economic Growth Office and implemented by CrossBoundary's Mali Investment Facilitation Platform, investigates constraints to Mali's agricultural markets. It identifies the obstacles that stand in the way of organizations and projects aiming to modernize the country's agricultural sector, and provides possible remedies. The report also presents evidence that sustained support for private sector actors can initiate a paradigm shift. Read the full report.

Tags:  2018  Africa  agriculture  economic growth  sector publication 

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Impact Investing in Africa: A Case Study on East Africa

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 2, 2018

Impact Investing in Africa: A Case Study on East Africa
Dr. Jamie Van Leeuwen and Mr. Michael Feinberg
Wilson Center 

In this policy paper, Public Policy Fellow Jamie Van Leeuwen and Michael Feinberg analyze the case study of Staffable, a social impact company in Kampala, Uganda and their approach to measuring the efficacy of social impact. They provide policy recommendations on how philanthropists, investors, and non-governmental organizations can standardize performance metrics to measure social impact investing, as well as recommend investments in workforce development in order to reduce dependency. 

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Tags:  Africa  east africa  impact investing  social impact 

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