An investigation into the determinants of business performance in Francophone Africa

High-performing businesses are currently seen as a source of job and wealth creation, essential elements of a strategy for inclusive growth. This project aims to contribute to a better understanding of the determinants of business productivity in Francophone Africa. Findings will offer further insights for policymakers looking to strengthen business competitiveness. Researchers will draw on data collected from 1,800 businesses of various sizes, in both the public and private sector, and will look at lawfully established companies, as well as those operating outside the legal framework. Quantitative and qualitative data analysis will inform public policy recommendations and the publishing of findings, thus, contributing to the economic literature.

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Start Date

Friday, March 1, 2013

End Date

Friday, June 12, 2015


24 months

IDRC Officer

Mbiekop Ouahouo, Flaubert

Total funding

CA$ 747,200


Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Senegal, North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Employment and Growth

Project Leader

Prof.Chameni Nembua Celestin


Université de Yaoundé

Institution Country


Project Leader

Dr AHOURE Alban A. E


Centre ivoirien de recherches économiques et sociales

Institution Country

Ivory Coast

Institution Website

Project Leader

Prof. Chameni Nembua Céléstin


University of Yaoundé II

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