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Enterprise in Africa: Between Poverty and Growth
     

Enterprise in Africa: Between Poverty and Growth

by Kenneth King, Simon McGrath
 
Internationally, donors are increasing their emphasis on poverty-focused policies and on the notion of pro-poor growth. Attempts to reformulate policies and reshape practices so that they rework the balance between a focus on poverty and a focus on growth bring small and micro enterprises on to the center stage of development debates. Yet these enterprises are seen,

Overview

Internationally, donors are increasing their emphasis on poverty-focused policies and on the notion of pro-poor growth. Attempts to reformulate policies and reshape practices so that they rework the balance between a focus on poverty and a focus on growth bring small and micro enterprises on to the center stage of development debates. Yet these enterprises are seen, variously, as engines of growth, as refuges for the poor, and as signs of economic failure.

This book is concerned to revisit key elements of the debate about small and micro enterprises through the lens of the current poverty-growth debate and in the specific context of Africa. Leading practitioners, academics and policymakers examine the evidence from across a range of disciplines to ask a series of crucial questions:

- Is the macroeconomic climate a brake on small enterprise development?
- Are small enterprises, and policies and programs to support them, succeeding?
- Does education make a difference to enterprise performance?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781853394782
Publisher:
Practical Action Publishing
Publication date:
02/28/2000
Series:
Poverty and Growth Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth King is Director of the Centre of African Studies and Professor of International and Comparative Education at the University of Edinburgh. He has worked on the informal economies of Africa, and on education policy, for over 20 years.

Simon McGrath is a research fellow of the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He has been working on a major DFID-funded project on Education, training and enterprise in several countries of Africa.

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