Youth employment and women’s economic empowerment in Africa: The role of small and medium enterprises in the tourism sector

This project examines employment creation for youth and women in Africa, focusing on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the tourism sector. Using data from Tanzania, Uganda, and Mauritius, it will explore the role that the private sector can play in increasing youth employment and women’s economic empowerment in Africa, and provide practical and policy-relevant results and directions on how to support and scale up tourism SMEs.

The study will use qualitative and quantitative methods to identify gender differences in employment and in the performance of women and youth-owned SMEs, assess the effectiveness and outcomes of the various tourism-based interventions instituted by the governments and their partners, contribute to the design of reliable policy recommendations, and strengthen the research team’s capacity. The University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) will lead the project and will work in partnership with the University of Mauritius Enterprise (Mauritius) and Makerere University (Uganda).

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Project status



24 months

IDRC Officer

Paul Okwi

Total funding

CA$ 646,600


Mauritius, Tanzania, Uganda


Employment and Growth

Project Leader

John Mutenyo


Makerere University

Institution Country


Institution Website

Project Leader

Prof. Raja Vinesh Sannassee


UOM Enterprise Ltd

Institution Country


Institution Website

Project Leader

Beatrice Mkenda


University of Dar es Salaam

Institution Country