This report is the first UNDP study to look specifically at inclusive businesses in sub-Saharan Africa and the region’s inclusive business support systems, which will be referred to as “ecosystems” throughout this report. Methodologically, the report draws on four streams of data:
- Case studies: A total of 43 in-depth enterprise case studies written between 2008 and 2012, drawing on experiences within 16 sub-Saharan African countries, were analyzed for this report. Summaries are available in the annex.
- Interviews: Between May and October 2012, a total of 30 in-depth interviews were conducted with experts from regional companies and support institutions, along with other high-level experts.
- Survey: A database of 600 support institutions active in sub-Saharan Africa was compiled, and an online survey on the issue resulted in 100 detailed responses from interested parties. Contact information for the most important support institutions is provided in the annex.
- Desk research: Existing reports on inclusive business in sub-Saharan Africa and related themes were analyzed.