GRIPS 政策研究センター Policy Research Center


Jul 26, 2011 Report No:11-06

How Can Micro and Small Enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa Become More Productive? The Impacts of Experimental Basic Managerial Training

  • Yukichi ManoFASID
  • Alhassan IddrisuThe Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Ghana
  • Yutaka YoshinoThe World Bank
  • Tetsushi SonobeGRIPS
Field Economics
Language English

The vast majority of micro and small enterprises (MSEs) in developing countries are located in industrial clusters, and the majority of such clusters have yet to see their growth take off. The performance of MSE clusters is especially low in Sub-Saharan Africa. While existing studies often attribute the poor performance to factors outside firms, problems within firms are seldom scrutinized. In fact, entrepreneurs in these clusters are unfamiliar with standard business practices. Based on a randomized experiment in Ghana, this study demonstrates that basic-level management training improves business practices and performance.

Keywords Africa, Ghana, industrial development, survival clusters, management training, randomized experiment
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