Reviewing existing policies for unleashing and fostering entrepreneurship in selected African countries

Sheriff, Michael and Muffatto, Moreno (2014) Reviewing existing policies for unleashing and fostering entrepreneurship in selected African countries. Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, 19 (3). pp. 1-36. ISSN 1084-9467

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Public Policies are vital for unleashing and fostering entrepreneurship in every society. This paper reviewed the national policies for the promotion and support of productive entrepreneurial activities aimed at enhancing the achievement of entrepreneurial economic growth in three countries in Africa. This is an explorative multiple case study that has used national and international documents and reports to examine the state and nature of the entrepreneurship policies in Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania. The selected countries are all members of the East African Community. The findings revealed what has been accomplished and what challenges policymakers face in improving entrepreneurial performance. The comparison showed the major similarities and dissimilarities between countries and which countries are performing fairly well in specific policy areas. From the findings, an entrepreneurship policy framework was developed that takes into account the type and level of entrepreneurship being practiced. This could be useful to policymakers taking into consideration that entrepreneurship exists in the formal and informal sectors at the national level. At the regional level, the similarities of policies could be a starting point for a regional entrepreneurship policy because entrepreneurial economic growth of countries and regions is a strong indicator of successful entrepreneurship policies.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Government; entrepreneurship policy; entrepreneurship; entrepreneurial economic growth; Africa
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Michael Sheriff
Date Deposited: 02 May 2019 12:10
Last Modified: 02 May 2019 12:10
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