The role of micro and small enterprises in reducing unemployment and poverty in Ethiopia

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In Ethiopia the micro and small enterprise (MSE) sector is under-developed. Furthermore, many MSEs are run by women. Recently, the Ethiopian government designed policies to create employment opportunities for three million people through MSEs. A team of local PEP researchers therefore set out to investigate the potential contributions of the MSE sector to the Ethiopian economy. Their findings indicate that the MSE sector has the potential to support the Ethiopian economy in achieving its development goals and to reduce unemployment and poverty, the best results will be achieved by focusing efforts on high value-added industries and female-oriented MSEs, respectively. Find out more about the research methods, findings and policy recommendations in the following PEP publications:

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