A dissemination workshop has been held to share with stakeholders key issues and recommendations of a two-year IDRC-funded research project – The GENDA PROJECT – which sought to better understand the nature, role and dynamism of micro, small and medium enterprises, and entrepreneurship in Africa.

The GENDA project is a cross country project, implemented simultaneously in three countries: Ghana, Kenya and Uganda. The Ghana project was launched on May 31, 2013 and has been conducted over the last two years by a collaborative research team from the University of Ghana, made up of: Dr. Charles Ackah, ISSER (lead investigator); Ms. Abena Oduro, Economics Department, University of Ghana (co-investigator); Dr. Nkechi Owoo, Economics Department, University of Ghana (co-investigator) and Dr. George Domfe, CSPS, University of Ghana (co-investigator).

The workshop was opened by Prof. Felix Asante, Director of ISSER and chaired by Prof. John Gyapong, Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Ghana. The workshop was followed by a roundtable discussion on the topic “Entrepreneurship in Ghana: Opportunities and Constraints”, moderated by Bernard Avle of City FM. Panelists for the discussion were: Prof. Robert Hinson, University of Ghana Business School; Dr. Charles Ackah, Senior Research Fellow and Head of Economics Division of ISSER; Mr. Zakaria Umar Sumaila, BUSAC Fund; Mr. Kwesi Ayim Darke, Management and Organizational Development Practitioner and Entrepreneur and Mrs. Bernice Abbeyquaye, an entrepreneur.

One of the outputs of the project is a policy brief, which gives a synthesis of key findings and recommendations of the GENDA project in Ghana. It is offered to policy makers as an input from evidence-based research to assist them in the goal of national economic and social development.

The workshop, held on August 18, 2015 at ISSER provided space for receiving stakeholders’ feedback on the project report. It also provided platform for stakeholders to engage in a dialogue on entrepreneurship in Ghana.