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Female entrepreneurship and growth in Cameroon

Françoise Okah-Efogo (FSEG, University of Yaoundé II-Cameroon, Yaoundé, Cameroon)
Gaëlle Tatiana Timba (Faculty of Social Sciences and Management, Catholic University of Douala, Douala, Cameroon)

African Journal of Economic and Management Studies

ISSN: 2040-0705

Article publication date: 9 March 2015



The purpose of this paper is to supplement the literature on the effect of female entrepreneurship on economic growth by bringing new evidence for the case of SMEs owned by women in Cameroon.


Effects of female entrepreneurship on Cameroonian economic growth are analyzed through a simple statistical analysis.


Our results reveal that there is a growing female entrepreneurship in Cameroon, localized in many different sectors of activity. Moreover, these SMEs are opportunity entrepreneurship which contributes to economic growth by considerably reducing unemployment particularly for women, generating revenues for government and enhancing human capital skills.

Research limitations/implications

The study suggests an investment in SMEs owned by women and an investment in education and skills of those women in order to positively affect economic growth.


Many studies have focussed their attention on the relationship between SMEs and economic growth, but few attempted to evaluate the theoretical assumptions in case studies and in a gender perspective.



The authors want to thank two anonymous referees for their remarks and comments that helped to improve the paper. The authors also express gratitude to Epo Ngah Boniface for help.


Okah-Efogo, F. and Timba, G.T. (2015), "Female entrepreneurship and growth in Cameroon", African Journal of Economic and Management Studies, Vol. 6 No. 1, pp. 107-119.



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