Enabling entrepreneurship policies and skills facilitation


Based on UNCTAD’s Entrepreneurship Policy Framework, activities under cluster 1 aim at incorporating policy responses for MSME resurgence, including capacity building for policy makers and other stakeholders to enhance policy response, implement standards and to develop longer term strategies of entrepreneurship and MSME promotion. The exchange of best practices is facilitated by the regional networks of policy makers developed by the MSME Resurgence project. They play a key role in enabling capacity building in policy formulation for entrepreneurship and MSME development and in developing and implementing standards and best practices.

In the area of entrepreneurship skills, the project is delivering capacity building activities in collaboration with UNCTAD’s network of Empretec centres and experienced International Master Trainers. Online training platforms and demand-driven, customized tools, including a full online version of the Empretec Training Workshop- are being built. The activities build on more than 30 years of Empretec’s implementation and its impactful results, they aim at quipping entrepreneurs and MSME owners with behavioural based tools  as a way of fostering their motivation to start new ventures, expand their businesses and to better cope with the short-term and medium-term challenges brought by Covid-19. A second capacity building component on the informal cross-border trade is delivered by UNCTAD with focus on the challenges faced by women.

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Entrepreneurship Policy Review - Uganda


The integration of new entrepreneurship elements in the NES is timely and builds on the efforts made by governmental institutions over the past decade. As the diagnostic assessment outlines the main barriers to entrepreneurs in Uganda, this document is concise and focuses on priority interventions.

National Entrepreneurship Strategy - Seychelles

The Entrepreneurship Policy Framework and Implementation Guidance aims to support developing country policymakers in the design of initiatives, measures and institutions to promote entrepreneurship. It identifies policy objectives and options in the form of recommended actions, and proposes checklists, case studies and good practices. It also offers a user guide and methods for policy monitoring and evaluation, suggesting a set of indicators to measure progress.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the New Health Economy

This publication analyzes the increasingly important role played by entrepreneurs of small and medium-sized enterprises and start-ups in strengthening health systems in developing countries.

Empretec Women in Business: Building purpose-driven enterprises amid crises

A third of all entrepreneurs in the world are women. Their contribution to development is clear. As their businesses grow, they inspire, create jobs, and offer themselves, their families, and their communities a chance for a better, more inclusive future.

Cross-border trade in the pre- and post-pandemic environment: Evidence from Malawi, the United Republic of Tanzania and Zambia

This report presents an assessment of capacity-building activities conducted by UNCTAD in Malawi, the United Republic of Tanzania and Zambia aimed at small-scale and informal cross-border traders, mainly women. It provides an original picture of informal and small-scale cross-border trade in the pre-and post-pandemic environment.