At the end of May, INCLUDE’s coordinator Marleen Dekker traveled to Rwanda to join the kick-off meeting for the policy-knowledge community on entrepreneurship development in Rwanda, a joint effort by INCLUDE, Entreprenarium and Africa 2.0. The meeting was held in preparation for the upcoming conference The Entrepreneurial Growth in Rwanda and its Challenges, which will take place in September.
Marleen Dekker shared her experiences: “It was a very interesting meeting, where two major issues stood out. First, participants agreed that there is plenty of finance available to support entrepreneurs, but access to this finance is a challenge because small business owners often don’t have the business skills to actually access this money. Second, the trust between people is low, so they prefer not to collaborate. Entrepreneurs prefer to work on their own, even if this stands in the way of growing their businesses.”
Have a look at this factsheet for more information about the policy-knowledge community on entrepreneurship development in Rwanda.
In 2015 and 2016, INCLUDE established seven policy-knowledge communities in six African countries in collaboration with partner organizations in the implementing countries. Through these communities, INCLUDE promotes the use of existing knowledge in policy engagement in African countries and, at the national level, facilitates the uptake of the NWO-WOTRO and INCLUDE research projects findings or fills the gaps in INCLUDE’s knowledge agenda not covered by these projects.
The full report of the meeting can be downloaded below:
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