On March 11, 2015, a team of PEP Nigerian researchers - who recently completed a research project supported under the 1st round of the PEP-PAGE program - organized a policy conference in Abuja, to communicate and discuss their PEP research findings and related policy implications to/with policy makers, advisors and other stakeholders at the national level.
The objective of their research project was to examine the situation of women entrepreneurs in Nigeria in regards to access to formal credit markets, i.e. to assess whether they are marginalised compared to their male counterparts, as well as to assess the impact of credit access on the general performance of SMEs.
Contrary to the results of other recent studies, this PEP research team did not find evidence of significant discrimination against women in formal credit markets in Nigeria. However, results from their analysis show that micro/small enterprises are significantly more “credit-constrained” relative to medium enterprises. And the fact that women entrepreneurs are mostly involved in small and micro ventures suggests that access to formal credit is, nonetheless, a big constraint to the growth of women enterprises at that level in Nigeria. Find out more about the research project's objectives, methods, findings and other outcomes.
PEP national policy conference
To facilitate effective dissemination and policy influence at the national level, PEP systematically provides financial and logistical support for granted researchers to organize policy conferences, through which they can directly communicate their findings and recommendations to an audience of key potential users - policy makers, advisors and other stakeholders - as well as the general public, in their home countries.
The conference organized in Abuja (March 11), by the PEP Nigerian team, was strategically held in collaboration with (and at the offices of) the Center for Study of Economies of Africa (CSEA), which is often referred to for policy advisory by government ministries (Finance, Trade) and other institutions (such as the Bank of Industry, the Small and Medium Enterprise Agency, etc.).
Among those key attendants who participated in the discussion were representatives from the Economic Management Team (direct advisor of the Federal Executive Council), the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (facilitator of dialogue between private sector and government), the Central Bank of Nigeria, and the Noil Polls (a firm conducting polls and producing reports for the Federal Government). All were very impressed with the outcomes of the research work, and committed to incorporate and disseminate the evidence in/through their own advirory work - related to credit and entreneurship issues.
Finally, the team's work also benefited from important media coverage, and thus public exposure, through the presence and reporting of the number one national newpaper in Nigeria, The Guardian - find the web article here: "New Research Unveils Path for Women Entrepreneurs"