“Social Entrepreneurship For Sustainable Development In Sub-Saharan Africa: Lessons From Business Incubation In Cameroon, Burkina Faso And Ghana"




The Nkafu Policy Institute is a think tank at the Denis and Lenora Foretia Foundation, which works to catalyze the transformation of African countries by focusing on social entrepreneurship, science, technology, health, and the implementation of development policies that will create economic opportunities for all. Nkafu Policy Institute is a leading African think tank with a mission to provide independent, in-depth and insightful policy recommendations that allows all Africans to prosper in free, fair, democratic and sustainable economies. The Institute is engaged in promoting policies that strengthen the private sector and has created a Small Business and Entrepreneurship Center in which it promotes business incubation.

The Nkafu Policy Institute in partnership with organizations in Ghana and Burkina Faso is implementing a two (2) years project – funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) entitled: “Social entrepreneurship for sustainable development in Sub-Saharan Africa: Lessons learnt from business incubation in Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Ghana

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is a Canadian Organization with the mandate “to initiate, encourage, support, and conduct research into the problems of the developing regions of the world and into the means for applying and adapting scientific, technical, and other knowledge to the economic and social advancement of those regions.” To achieve this, the organ works in collaboration with partners by funding projects as such that foresees as an eligible activity the provision of financial support to third parties, as a mean to achieve its objectives.

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About The Research Project

Business incubators provide the structural support that enables new businesses to grow and become financially independent, which in turn strengthens the private sector and propels an economy. In the last decade, Sub-Saharan Africa has seen a proliferation of business incubators, and it is hoped that they will play a key role in attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially with regards to gender equality and the promotion of sustained and inclusive economic growth. Yet, the effectiveness and impact of these business incubators remain largely unexplored. Likewise, their role in accelerating the economic transformation of Africa seems hard to be established. This study will be carried out in this.

About the Workshop

This project will investigate:

  • The connection of incubation to the ecosystem for innovation and science: How conducive is the research environment in supporting innovators? How to strengthen these ecosystems in a way that is conducive to innovation and SDG? Who can do what in such ecosystems?
  • The relationship between business creation and SDGs 5, 8 and 9: what is done, what are the gaps and what should be done?
  • Opportunities and challenges resulting from the national fiscal and regulatory framework to successfully scale up.
  • The process of scaling up with a particular interest in the factors of success and failure and an analysis of the role of public policies: which are the most critical areas where innovation can make a difference?

Success of incubation-to-scale: generalizability of best practices observed in one country to another.

This workshop will ensure the presentation of the research project to stakeholders and the implementation partners. It will also serve as a forum for the partners to discuss the way forward in the implementation of the project.

Project sponsor

  • The International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

State representatives in Cameroon

  • Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation;
  • Ministry of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Social Economy and Handicrafts;
  • Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and the Family;
  • Ministry of Higher Education;
  • Ministry of Finance;
  • Ministry of Youth Affairs and Civic Education.

Other stakeholders

  • Incubators;
  • Professional associations;
  • NGOs & CBOs;
  • Municipal authorities;
  • Higher institutions of learning – universities;
  • Vocational schools
  • Experts;
  • Public personalities

50 guests

And over 100 online (on the zoom platform) guests

  • Project official launched in Cameroon
  • Official launching in Cameroon
  • Inception workshop



La Falaise Hotel, Avenue Merechal Foch, Yaounde

This workshop will be extremely insightful and well worth your time. You will be excited about getting back to work to implement the things you will learn in this workshop.

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About IDRC

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) funds research in developing countries to promote growth, reduce poverty, and drive large-scale positive change.

A Crown corporation, we support leading thinkers who advance knowledge and solve practical development problems. We provide the resources, advice, and training they need to implement and share their solutions with those who need them most. In short, IDRC increases opportunities — and makes a real difference in people’s lives.

Working with our development partners, we multiply the impact of our investment and bring innovations to more people in more countries around the world. We offer fellowships and awards to nurture a new generation of development leaders.