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UNCTAD: Supporting policy-making for entrepreneurship

30th Abril 2018

Ecoper’s leading analyst has submitted the final report of the external evaluation of the project “Support Developing Country Policy Makers in the Formulation of National Entrepreneurship Policies through the Implementation of Entrepreneurship Policy Frameworks”. The project was by the 9th tranche of the UN Development Account, and its implementation lasted from June 2015 to December 2017.

The intervention had the aim of enhancing policy makers’ capacities for the design and implementation of entrepreneurship policies, with the understanding that better policies in this domain will increase the number of businesses created and enlarged and, consequently, their contribution to the economic goals inserted into global development agendas and national strategies.

The project was carried out in six countries: Cameroon, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, The Gambia, and the United Republic of Tanzania. It included knowledge-sharing and networking activities that involved stakeholders from these and other countries of the same regions.

The interventions drew on UNCTAD’s expertise and tools to provide training for policy makers. Training activities covered the design of comprehensive entrepreneurship policies and action plans, as well as more specific policy aspects dealing with financial inclusion or e-regulation. Also, partner countries were assisted in mobilizing local knowledge and social support through the creation of multi-stakeholder coordination bodies. In turn, these bodies launched thematic working groups involving a greater number of actors, which is one specific component of entrepreneurship policy. The focus of each working group during the project was to map the current situation, in order to inform the national action plan to be adopted at project completion. This participatory approach was further reinforced by regional networking and knowledge-sharing activities.