Supporting Small Informal Businesses to improve the Quality of Jobs in Africa

Delivering sustainable economic growth
Posted Oct 17, 2019 | Brookings Institution, Ahmadou Aly Mbaye

The past two decades saw Africa enjoying economic growth higher than many other developing regions. However, poverty did not fall by much, and acute unemployment and job precarity remain prevalent, mostly affecting the largest and most vulnerable population segments: young people, women, and those in rural areas. Ahmadou Aly Mbaye argues in this report for the Brookings Institution that the size of the informal sector in Africa signals a jammed structural transformation. The bulk of employment is informal, delivering a lower job quality. He suggests that an appropriate policy response would be to nurture Africa’s informal micro- and nano-enterprises so that they can grow and generate better jobs.



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