Entrepreneurship Policy Framework and Implementation Guidance

The Entrepreneurship Policy Framework aims to support policymakers in developing countries and economies in transition in designing initiatives, measures and institutions to promote entrepreneurship. Although one size does not fit at all, the Framework suggests policy options and recommended actions in priority policy areas that have a direct impact on business activity. It proposes checklists and questionnaires to conduct national workshops and surveys.

Welcome to the introductory course

What do we do?

UNCTAD offers technical assistance to developing countries and economies in transition aimed at:

- Building the capacity of micro, small and medium-sized entrepreneurs to play an active part in entrepreneurship policy design and implementation.
- Identifying key constraints for entrepreneurship development in the country.
- Developing a National Entrepreneurship Strategy.
- Setting Entrepreneurship Policy Action Plan.

A member State of UNCTAD or a regional institution wishing to obtain technical cooperation from UNCTAD secretariat should submit a formal request. Formal requests refer to official letters (or emails in exceptional cases) addressed to the UNCTAD secretariat requesting UNCTAD technical cooperation by relevant authorities in beneficiary countries or regions. For more information, please see:

How do we do it?

A step-by-step approach. Based on the blueprints provided by the EPF, UNCTAD embarks on a participatory process with all relevant stakeholders in order to understand what programmes and policies (if any) are currently in place to promote private sector development in general and entrepreneurship in particular.

UNCTAD will conduct a comprehensive assessment of the current state of the national “eco-system” in which entrepreneurs acquire their skills, develop their business plans, start up, operate and grow their businesses, identifying country specific challenges and constraints in the process.

With the knowledge acquired, UNCTAD will work with policymakers, institutions and entrepreneurs to set objectives and targets for an overall national entrepreneurship strategy, defining priorities both in terms of groups of entrepreneurs to be assisted and in terms of policy gaps and bottlenecks to be remedied.

Our results?

UNCTAD assisted stakeholders in the following countries to develop national strategies and establish action plans for implementation:

Cameroun: Ministry of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, Social Economy and Handicraft, MINPEESA.
Dominican Republic: Ministry of Industry, Trade and MSMEs.
www.mic.gob.do, www.pymes.do
Ecuador: Alliance for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
The Gambia: Ministry of Trade,Industry, Regional Integration& Employment, MOTIE.
El Salvador: CONAMYPE.
Tanzania: National Economic Empowerment Council.