Small and growing businesses
Small firms make up over 90% of the private sector in developing countries and play a pivotal role in economic growth and development. However, they face significant challenges such as access to finance, infrastructural and institutional barriers, and poor management. IGC research in this area explores these constraints and how they can be overcome.
Saving microfinance through innovative lending
What is holding firms back?
Trading up: The benefits of exporting for small firms
Urban density, trust, and knowledge sharing in Lusaka, Zambia
Bad practices hold back small firms in developing countries
Microfinance in Bangladesh: Flexibility, growth and client type
Can Special Economic Zones drive growth in urbanising Africa?
Management matters: How bad management is holding back growth
Empowering women through small businesses: How effective are loans for female-run start-ups?
Risky business: Firms, trade and development
Tracking constraints to micro-enterprise growth in Kenya and Uganda
Can the MSME sector transform the Tanzanian economy?
Intermediated loans: A new approach to microfinance (Policy Brief)
Management practices in the manufacturing sector in Mozambique
A research agenda for the small and growing business sector: Summarising the current evidence and research needs
Key lessons in management for developing countries
The story of José: 9 steps to turn the Mozambican construction boom into an engine for inclusive growth
Punjab Small Industries Corporation rural enterprise study
Financing the in-between sector: Designing and evaluating targeted SME lending in Tanzania
FDI, SMEs, firm growth, and trade in East Africa