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    Doing business in Somaliland: Looking beyond the regulatory environment

Doing business in Somaliland: Looking beyond the regulatory environment

Nimo-ilhan Ali and Nasra Jama detail some of the challenges facing small-scale entrepreneurs in Somaliland.

Amaah, a Somali word that roughly means ‘loan’, is perhaps one of the most important words used in Somaliland to describe the relationship between customers and small business owners. To ensure customers loyalty, small businesses selling basic food and non-food essentials have to offer a […]

February 7th, 2017|Business, Featured|1 Comment|
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    The commodity price rout and Africa’s unusual electoral cycle

The commodity price rout and Africa’s unusual electoral cycle

After a decade of optimism, voters must now deal with the economic downturn, writes Julians Amboko.

The ongoing electoral cycle in sub-Saharan Africa is turning out to be somewhat unusual. In the Nigeria March 2015 poll, the People’s Democratic Party suffered its first loss since the end of military rule in 1999, whilst in South Africa’s August 2016 municipal election […]

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    Africa’s Nile basin countries should invest in rain, not big infrastructure projects

Africa’s Nile basin countries should invest in rain, not big infrastructure projects

South Sudan could export as much as $1.8 billion in rain-fed food products, writes Christian Siderius.

 

In July 2016, the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) and over 1000 experts gathered in Dar es Salaam during the Africa Water Week to discuss new pathways for development and increased investment in water infrastructure. The challenges are huge; the El Nino of […]

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    Egypt as No. 2: What’s next for Africa’s (new) second largest economy?

Egypt as No. 2: What’s next for Africa’s (new) second largest economy?

Commodity prices and fuel subsidies are two major challenges for Egypt, writes Julians Amboko.

 

Perhaps the best thing about Egypt’s emergence as Africa’s second largest economy, overtaking South Africa, is that it had nothing to do with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) rebasing exercise ─ the periodic revision of GDP estimates, as done by Nigeria and Kenya in 2014, with […]

October 5th, 2016|Business, Featured|0 Comments|
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    African data can bring fresh insights to management and social entrepreneurship studies

African data can bring fresh insights to management and social entrepreneurship studies

Ethnic identification shapes managerial practice, write Diane Holt, Ans Kolk, David Littlewood and Miguel Rivera-Santos.

In recent times social entrepreneurship has proliferated globally, yet research into the phenomenon still lags behind its practice, particularly in the developing world, and especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. In this blog post, we discuss what we know, what we don’t, and what we can learn […]

June 22nd, 2016|Business, Featured|1 Comment|

Five steps to scaling social impact

How and why do some impact-orientated projects scale, while others fail? Over the last eight years, much of our research at the LSE’s Innovation and Co-Creation Lab has focused on the question of how sustainable organisational models for large-scale impact can be developed.

RLabs: From idea to scale

One of the organisations that we have accompanied on their path to […]

The search for Ubuntu in Africa’s corporate landscape

Ubuntu is a shared valued system that exists across Africa. Yet, as Terence Jackson discovers, it is markedly absent in management practice. Why?

Ubuntu has been a buzzword in African management-talk for two decades, but appears not to have delivered in African economies.

At Nelson Mandela’s funeral US President Barack Obama said Ubuntu was Mandela’s greatest gift. South Africa’s 1993 interim […]

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    Why the voice of Africa’s informal economy should be heard

Why the voice of Africa’s informal economy should be heard

Terence Jackson argues that it is time political leaders embraced those working in the informal economy, rather than marginalising them.

The informal economy in Africa is big business. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates that its average size as a percentage of gross domestic product in sub-Saharan Africa is 41%. This ranges from under 30% in South Africa to 60% […]

February 17th, 2016|Business, Featured|1 Comment|
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    Multinational firms still have a lot to learn about doing business in Africa

Multinational firms still have a lot to learn about doing business in Africa

David B. Zoogah lists the four competencies businesses need to develop in order to achieve greater returns.

There is an emerging consensus among academics, international agencies, and businesses that the 21st century is the African century. Democratic processes in the first decade of this century seemed to provide political stability, and resulted in not only advocacy for investments but also […]

November 10th, 2015|Business, Featured|0 Comments|

OHADA Corporate Law Reform means that sub-Saharan Africa will become a more attractive place to do business

LSE alumnus Jacques Jonathan Nyemb says that innovations introduced through the new OHADA Corporate Law will help more businesses to thrive in the modern highly competitive global environment. Over the past 15 years, sub-Saharan Africa has experienced a remarkable level of economic growth. But, with such a rapidly changing business landscape, the region’s laws have inevitably struggled to keep pace. […]

April 2nd, 2014|Business|0 Comments|

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