Entrepreneurship development in Africa: an overview

Allam Ahmed (Middle Eastern Knowledge Economy Institute (MEKEI), Brighton Business School, Brighton, UK and SPRU – Science and Technology Policy, School of Business, Economics and Management, University of Brighton, Brighton, UK and University of Sussex, Brighton, UK)
Sonny Nwankwo (Royal Docks Business School, University of East London, London, UK)

World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development

ISSN: 2042-5961

Publication date: 12 July 2013



This paper aims to provide an over view of the different key factors that are influencing and influenced by the entrepreneurship environment in Africa.


The paper represents the outcome of many comprehensive research programmes undertaken in different countries in Africa and other parts of the world adopting various research methods and approaches.


The most profound and encouraging change in African economies over the past decade has been the rapid advancement towards integration into the global economy. Many of the countries have undertaken significant economic reforms; improving macroeconomic management, instigating conducive private investment climate, liberalizing markets and widening the space for entrepreneurship to drive strong and inclusive growth. However understanding the nature of problems, challenges and opportunities in Africa is a very difficult task for many people outside its territories.


Despite the regional coverage of the various issues relating to entrepreneurship development on Africa, it is not possible to have contributions from few countries in the region such as Chad, Somalia, etc., due to the current situation is these countries.



Ahmed, A. and Nwankwo, S. (2013), "Entrepreneurship development in Africa: an overview", World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, Vol. 9 No. 2/3, pp. 82-86. https://doi.org/10.1108/WJEMSD-06-2013-0033

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