Entrepreneurship for African development

For several years, FERDI, in the framework of its partnership with Investisseurs & Partenaires (I&P), has been advocating for the development of private enterprise by highlighting the social and economic impacts of SMEs in Sub-Saharan Africa and their role in the economic development of countries.

In parallel, FERDI has developed a research program to better understand the dynamics of African enterprises. This work has made it possible to assess the role of digital technology in the growth of businesses in Africa and the dynamics of high-growth businesses in Senegal.

Achievements 2021-2022

Study of international donors' support to private enterprises. This study was carried out in the context of the Summit on Financing African Economies held in Paris in May 2021 and was the subject of a webinar in May 2021. 

Study on growth entrepreneurship. This study is conducted for the International Organisation of La Francophonie.

Study on the digital divide and resilience to Covid-19 in the Francophone space. The Digital Trust Chair led this study for the International Organisation de La Francophonie.. This study will be presented in a parallel session at UNCTAD and the WTO during 2022 and 2023, and at the postponed Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (initially scheduled for the end of January 2022). A working paper (and associated brief) on the resilience of the SME fabric to Covid-19 digitisation has been produced, presented at a seminar, and submitted to an academic review. 

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.

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