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Welcome Policy Innovators!
This toolkit is designed for forward-thinking policy innovators who are eager to transform their entrepreneurial ecosystems and support their governments with policy reform through deliberation and cutting-edge evidence.
The toolkit focuses on the technical considerations around the tools and processes needed to develop policies and legislation supporting the growth of startups and SMEs across Africa.
In the sections below you will find a wealth of information aggregating multiple sources and outlining many interesting case studies, examples and best-practices.
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Let’s start by discovering some fundamentals! This part of the toolkit introduces you to the topic of entrepreneurship policy and goes into the why, how and what of entrepreneurship policy. This will equip you to advocate in favor of supporting entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurial ecosystem in your country.
Assessing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in your country is key for prioritizing policy reforms. This part of the toolkit presents a 6-step process to assess the ecosystem’s strengths and weaknesses. You will learn how to identify challenges, how to explain and visualize them and how to create support for reform.
Solutions to challenges are wrapped in policies and legal frameworks. This part of the toolkit explores the legislative tools and framework that are best suited to tackle the ecosystem’s challenges. It mainly focuses on Small Business Acts and Startup Acts, and includes a “how-to write a Startup Act” guide.
Measuring the success of policy should be an integral part of every policy process. This part of the toolkit explains the practice of monitoring and evaluation, illustrates why an evidence gap exists around entrepreneurship policy and equips you with the tools to draft your own Monitoring & Evaluation Plan.
This final part of the toolkit covers the 7 key challenge areas impacting the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and gives in-depth technical solutions that you may want to consider when building your entrepreneurship implementation strategy, policy or law.
This section digs deeper into the ecosystem challenge area related to finance and offers possible strategic interventions. It explores in particular the different financing instruments available to entrepreneurs.
This section explores how public policy interventions can facilitate market access for entrepreneurs. You will learn how to create bigger markets and improve market access for entrepreneurs located in your country.
This section delves into how business development and growth support can help SMEs and Startups improve productivity, their quality of service and hence grow more quickly.
This section dives into the challenges faced by startups and SMEs in the field of governance and regulations. Important topics are the simplification of procedures, cost and fee reductions, tax incentives and better awareness around regulations and regulatory certainty.
This section focuses on fostering a national culture of entrepreneurship. You will learn how policies can promote the development of an entrepreneurial culture, explore the personal traits of entrepreneurship and how to foster women entrepreneurship in particular.
This section explores the physical and digital infrastructure required to foster entrepreneurship. It analyzes how to create better access to quality ICT, utility services and logistics.
This section focuses on the development, acquisition and management of talent. It contains policy options to stimulate the development of basic skills, advanced skills and business skills of your country’s population, as well as labor market interventions to improve the skills match between employers and employees.