Entrepreneurship for African development

FERDI has been collaborating with Investisseurs & Partenaires (I&P) for several years, emphasising the importance of fostering private enterprise development. These efforts have shed light on the significant social and economic impact of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Sub-Saharan Africa, and emphasised their role in the overall economic progress of nations. Concurrently,

 FERDI has established several Chairs dedicated to advancing private sector development - the Impact Investing Chair, the Digital Confidence Chair, and the Chair of Agricultural modernisation policies in Africa.
The Chairs are a tool for influencing and supporting decision-making in both the public and private sectors. Their work is geared towards practical implementation.

Achievements 2021-2022

Publication in scientific journals on the dynamics and behavior of companies in risky environments. 

Study on growth entrepreneurship.
This study is conducted for the International Organisation of La Francophonie.  This study aims to gain a better understanding of the obstacles faced by companies wishing to scale up once they have passed the threshold of creation and initial success. 

A draft book on mobile phones and development in Africa, co-edited by Jenny Aker and Joël Cariolle, has passed the refereeing process and been accepted by Palgrave Macmillan academic publishing. 

Chair on impact investment is being created. This Chair will contribute to the identification of actors and practices of impact investment on the African continent. Its activities aim to promote a relevant measurement of impact, and to analyse the financial instruments used.

Launch of the Impact Investing Chair.

 Launch of the Chair of Agricultural Modernisation Policies in Africa.


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