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

  • Certificate
    Certificate of participation
  • Mode
    Full-time (on campus)
  • Course date
    04 - 08 November 2024
  • 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. In case you need help to translate the newly gained insights into practical strategies and actions within your respective contexts, please check our consultancy offer.

"“I am satisfied with the input given by Mr. Dellevoet especially that it is not purely what "ought to" be done from a very theoretical point of view but includes a realistic look at how things actually happen in the real world of business. His rich experience working in the context of emerging economies has made him the right person to deliver the subject and help trainees see things from a broader perspective.”
Mr. Saleh Abou Mansour (Lebanon), participant of the October 2023 programme
"“I am a professor at the Mediterranean School of Business in Tunis. My school is particularly interested in accompanying young entrepreneurs in developing their business. The course is a perfect fit with my school’s mission.”
 Mr. Hend Ghazzai, participant of the November 2023 programme


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