HES Dialogues: Evidence Brief 4 - Youth Entrepreneurship in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Date Posted: June 14, 2019
  • Authors: CGillum
  • Document Types: Primer or Brief
  • Donor Type: Non-US Government Agency

This brief reviews the evidence from three recent publications to highlight emerging scholarship on entrepreneurship among youth in sub-Saharan Africa. The themes derived from the literature include the importance of understanding the implementing environment, the possibility of gendered program outcomes, and a new context-based model for predicting entrepreneurship program effectiveness. Informed by this scholarship and complemented by recent guidance on youth entrepreneurship, the brief then offers considerations for program and policy development, ranging from contextual assessments to participatory design to an examination of institutional frameworks.