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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Guidelines and best practices for micro-, small and medium enterprises in delivering energy-efficient products and in providing renewable energy equipment

The publication assesses the business environment that MSME in clean energy face as a result of the pandemic, presents examples of best practices related to crisis response and post-crisis recovery, offers practical measures to help businesses access markets, financing, and advanced technologies, and provides recommendations for policy guidelines to help countries move beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

Guidelines and best practices for MSMEs to assure resiliency and progress towards a circular economy in sustainable resource management and critical raw material supply chain solutions

The study focuses on the opportunities and challenges for MSMEs involved in critical raw material supplies in response to COVID-19 pandemic and the post-pandemic economic recovery.