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Cocoa Interrupted: The Role of Social Enterprise in Cocoa Sustainability

Posted By Katherine Chen, Aspen Institute, Friday, June 7, 2019

Cocoa Interrupted: The Role of Social Enterprise in Cocoa Sustainability
by Acumen

This report details how social enterprises can play a role in creatively and sustainably addressing the varied needs of cocoa growing communities in West Africa. It presents four social enterprise case studies and an opportunity for the cocoa industry to bring new ideas and solutions to the challenges facing cocoa farmers and their communities through collaboration with social enterprises.

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Tags:  cocoa  smallholder farmers  social enterprise  sustainability  sustainable ag  west africa 

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West Africa Ecosystem Maps

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 24, 2017

As part of a series of ecosystem maps, with the support of the Citi Foundation, our West Africa Regional Chapter recently released three snapshots, providing insight into the Abuja, Accra, and Lagos entrepreneurial ecosystems. These snapshots were produced through a review of existing literature, a series of surveys and interviews, as well as stakeholder meetings. Click on the images below to access the snapshots.       

Nigeria Ecosystem Maps 


Ghana Ecosystem Maps


Tags:  2017  ANDE publication  West Africa 

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Entrepreneurship and Acceleration Questions from the Field - Feb 2015

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 31, 2016
Updated: Monday, June 8, 2015

In this brief, we use data from the Entrepreneurship Acceleration Research Initiative in order to respond to the following question by Steve Cumming of the MasterCard Foundation about Youth Entrepreneurship 

"At The MasterCard Foundation, we have a portfolio of youth entrepreneurship projects that we support in Sub Saharan Africa. We’re always looking for data to better understand the space and to inform our programming. I’m wondering if you could share any data by ages 18-24 and 25-30, and by African country or region if possible. Do you see anything interesting under these parameters?"

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Tags:  accelerators  Africa  ANDE publication  Entrepreneurship  West Africa  Youth 

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Impact Investing in West Africa

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Impact investing can help solve major social and environmental problems in West Africa1, leveraging new sources of capital in places that lack sufficient government resources and development aid to address development challenges. A recent report by the Rockefeller Foundation and JP Morgan (2010) suggests that impact investments are emerging as an alternative asset class that could grow to represent a global market of US$ 500 billiona in five to ten years. The implications for West Africa are exciting. Now is the time to deepen our understanding, increase awareness, and foster dialogue on impact investing in the region.

Impact investing—making investments to generate positive impact beyond financial return—is not new to West Africa. However, few investors in the region identify themselves as impact investors or are familiar with the concept in those terms. This lack of awareness, coupled with other substantive challenges, could slow the development of the impact investment industry in the region. This report is the first comprehensive analysis ever conducted on the impact investing industry in West Africa. It aims to: (1) map the landscape of impact investing supply and demand in West Africa; (2) identify the substantive challenges that hamper the growth of the industry and recommend solutions for overcoming them; and (3) serve as a starting point for regional dialogue and local network development activities among impact investors. 

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Tags:  access to finance  impact investing  Sector publication  West Africa 

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The Social Enterprise Landscape in Ghana

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 11, 2015

This report, produced by the British Council, in partnership with ODI, seeks to outline the social enterprise landscape in Ghana. It reviews the enabling environment and the scope of capacity-building activities supporting social enterprise to provide an overview of the profile of existing social enterprises and social innovation activity. It presents information on perceptions and levels of awareness of social enterprise, the obstacles and challenges faced and opportunities to improve the enabling environment; and lessons from social enterprise activities in other national contexts. 

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Tags:  Ghana  Sector publication  Social Entrepreneurship  West Africa 

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CIPE: Economic Inclusion: Leveraging Markets and Entrepreneurship to Extend Opportunity

Posted By Susannah Eastham, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Economic inclusion refers to equality of opportunity for all members of society to participate in the economic life of their country as employers, entrepreneurs, consumers, and citizens. Fostering inclusion through active participation in the market economy involves increasing access to opportunity while generating additional economic growth. Effective strategies for inclusion engage under-represented groups in the design and implementation of policies and programs.

This article from the Center for International Private Enterprise illustrates ways to promote youth entrepreneurship and women’s entrepreneurship and to facilitate the inclusion of informal entrepreneurs in the formal economy.

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Tags:  Economic Growth  Entrepreneurship  Global  Latin America  Middle-East  Poverty  Sector publication  West Africa  Women 

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Patterns of Business Creation, Survival and Growth: Evidence from Africa - World Bank - Klapper, Richmond

Posted By Saurabh Lall, Aspen Institute - ANDE, Monday, November 14, 2011
October 2011

The authors study firm dynamics using a novel database of all formally registered firms in Cote d'Ivoire from 1977 to 1997, which account for about 60 percent of gross domestic product. They examine entry and exit patterns and the role of new and exiting firms versus incumbents in job creation and destruction. They find that while the rate of job creation at new firms is quiet high—at 8 percent on average—the number of jobs added by new firms is small in absolute terms. 

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Tags:  Cote d'Ivoire  Entrepreneurship  Jobs  Policy  sector publication  SME  West Africa 

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