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Small Business Development in Emerging Economies Small Business Development in Emerging Economies

  • Certificate
    Certificate of participation
  • Mode
    Full-time (hybrid)
  • Course date
    27 February - 03 March 2023
  • Duration

In emerging markets, the private sector consists for more than 95% out of Small but Growing Businesses (SGB’s), also referred to as Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSME’s), that operate to a large extent in the informal sector. This is one of the reasons why we know relatively little about them. Yet, MSME’s are the key players in local economic development. What factors have led to their growth and what factors have held them back? To what extent do local MSME’s adhere to ESG (economic, social and governance) standards? This course will touch upon the most important topics related to development of the private sector and provide ample ground for debate and reflection.

Through this programme you will get a better understanding of how the private sector in emerging economies can be developed. It will offer some space to reflect upon and discuss past and present development both from an aid perspective as well as through local avenues of private sector development such as micro-finance, impact investments and business development services.

"This course enabled me to deeper understand the role of the private sector and its impact on economic and social development, especially in the context of small to medium entrepreneurship development in emerging markets.
Basma Qaza (Jordan), participant of the April 2022 programme
"Every part of the programme has been very valuable, the course has very creatively linked so each daily topic led you to an holistic approach to dealing with the core issues of Small businesses development in emerging economies."
Wilson Idahor (Nigeria), participant of the April 2022 programme


Maastricht School of Management (MSM) is part of the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (SBE). SBE has been awarded three prestigious accreditations, AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA, resulting in what is known as the Triple Crown accreditation. Only 1% of business schools worldwide can boast this honour, many of which are SBE partner institutes.

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