Combines substantial original qualitative research with detailed quantitative evidence.
Unpacks the strongly advocated, but unfounded, beliefs that inform current policy advice to low-income economies in Africa.
Explodes the commonly held belief that low-income
economies are awash with ‘entrepreneurs in waiting’, and reveals the failure of Neoliberal policies to create viable SMEs.
Offers practical recommendations for how development strategies can support lasting, successful SMEs in low-income countries.
Author has direct, practical experience of working with SMEs in Rwanda, and has conducted interviews with a variety of successful, failed and aspiring Rwandan entrepreneurs.
David Poole holds a PhD from SOAS, University of London, and an MBA from Imperial College Business School. He had a successful career as a marketing consultant and entrepreneur. The experience of heading a team of volunteers providing support to businesses in Rwanda sparked his interest in the country's efforts to catalyse economic development through entrepreneurship and SME sector creation.