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Entrepreneurship development in Rwanda

This African Policy Dialogue exchanges knowledge on the effects of business reforms on entrepreneurial dynamics.

The process of reforming the business environment through formalization in Rwanda started in the early 2000s. However, the application of these business reforms remains low. This has not stopped the economy from growing consistently over the past decade. This African Policy Dialogue carries out action research in order to understand the effect of the business reforms on entrepreneurship growth (especially among youth and women), the role of the private sector in complying with the reforms, and the networking dynamics between entrepreneurs and other stakeholders.


  • To bring out a deeper understanding of Rwanda’s entrepreneurial dynamics
  • To develop a clear perspective on entrepreneurial growth and networking impact, especially with regards to youth and women
  • To create knowledge exchange and synergies by bringing together professionals and experts with common interests
Planned activities
  • Identify key stakeholders for knowledge sharing activities (May 2016)
  • Set a theme for the conference on entrepreneurship development (May 2016)
  • Conduct kick-off meeting with 25–30 participants (May 2016)
  • Host a conference on knowledge exchange on entrepreneurship development (September/October 2016)
  • Establish a platform for knowledge exchange among stakeholders and interest groups towards sustainable synergies (second quarter of 2016)
  • Prepare a final report reflecting on the knowledge exchange outcomes (November 2016)
Lead organization: Africa 2.0 Netherlands

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  • Africa 2.0 Netherlands
  • Entreprenarium in Kigali

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