Entrepreneurs and SMEs in Rwanda

Entrepreneurs and SMEs in Rwanda

The Model Pupil Paradox

David Poole


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  • 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:

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.