Scoping and diagnostic assessment of base-level entrepreneurship
Project Title: Base-level Entrepreneurship Scoping Study Location: Equatorial Guinea Client: Private sector client Date: May 2015 – November 2015
Montrose carried out a detailed base-level entrepreneurship scoping study to guide the direction of a future social investment programme.
The dominance of oil and gas in Equatorial Guinea has slowed the emergence of non-hydrocarbon sectors of the economy as well as the development of Micro and Small-Medium Sized Enterprises (MSMEs), which are considered to make only a small contribution to the Equatorial Guinea economy. The client required a scoping study to be undertaken for a future social investment programme focussing on base-level entrepreneurship in Equatorial Guinea.
A Montrose team of international and national experts undertook extensive desk research and field work to conduct the scoping study. The first phase of the study consisted of carrying out a subsector selection across the mainland of Equatorial Guinea. Subsectors were selected based on their potential for growth and/or accessibility to base-level entrepreneurs, their potential to reach a significant number of individuals and households and political feasibility. Following the subsector selection, the team analysed the subsectors and the broader market system using a rapid value chain analysis and presented the findings to the client.
Montrose also assessed potential project locations for the future social investment programme and carried out an initial assessment of potential partners.
Following this, Montrose developed a high level design for the programme and supported the client achieve buy-in from key government stakeholders.