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Biases in entrepreneurship and industrial policy in Africa

06/09/2017

Africa has failed to industrialise. At the same time, millions of young people are seeking jobs. Put one-and-one together and the answer seems to be that if these labour market entrants become entrepreneurs in industry then they can in one stroke create jobs and help Africa industrialise. Yet, optimising the nexus between entrepreneurship and industrialisation requires overcoming some vexing policy biases. These can be categorised as biases of over-estimation and biases of under-estimation.

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Business incubation needs a re-think

18/05/2017

A little more than 12 years ago I read an article about 981 “entrepreneurs” who had been through a brief new venture creation programme. According to the journalist’s investigation, not one of these would-be entrepreneurs who had been in that programme was in existence a year later. The journalist lamented that despite the obvious evidence that these high volume, low quality programmes were ineffectual, they were nevertheless prolific, wasting hundreds of millions of dollars every year.

Évènements

Policy Dialogue on Financing Cities

18/09/2016

Implementing the New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goal 11. This high-level event will discuss how financing and other implementation tools can help bring about various components of the New Urban Agenda. It will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

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Electricity for all in Africa: Possible?

02/08/2017

For decades, access to electricity has been a serious challenge in Africa. It still is. 600 million Africans are not connected to an electrical network. African businesses cite electricity amongst the two most severe constraints on their operations (Enterprise Surveys, 2016). Twenty-five of the 54 countries in Africa, including Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana and Senegal, deal with frequent power crises characterised by outages, irregular supply and surging electricity costs. These are symptoms of insufficient generation capacity and a lack of infrastructure.

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Green Industrialisation and Entrepreneurship in Africa

18/05/2017

Policy makers across Africa have embraced industrialisation and economic transformation as keys to accelerate inclusive growth. They also increasingly see the need for economic transformation to deliver green growth – growth that does not endanger Africa’s natural environment in ways that reduce the welfare of present and future generations.

Communiqué de presse

Il faut libérer le potentiel des entrepreneurs africains pour accélérer la transformation industrielle du continent, selon les Perspectives économiques en Afrique 2017.

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AfricanEconomicOutlook.org  est le site web qui offre des données et des analyses complètes et comparables pour 54 économies africaines.