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Enhancing the ecosystem for entrepreneurship and innovation within the Pacific


Utilizing know-how to stimulate innovation and growth amongst small-scale enterprises within the Pacific

Formal and casual small-scale enterprises are a vital part of the economic system and supply livelihoods for lots of the world’s poorest and most susceptible individuals. In addition they signify necessary websites of resilience, dynamism, and innovation. Nonetheless, the event of small-scale enterprises and by extension the potential to boost the financial welfare of these on the base of the financial pyramid, is usually constrained attributable to a variety of disadvantages they face. These obstacles embrace an absence of organisational capability and human assets; low bargaining energy with clients and suppliers; and restricted entry to financing, assist buildings and wider markets. Within the Pacific these challenges are additional exacerbated by native situations reminiscent of distant geographies and low inhabitants densities that prohibit enterprise progress.

Because the area seeks to navigate the financial downturn ensuing from the COVID-19 pandemic, revitalisation of the small-scale enterprises sector represents a chance for financial restoration and capability constructing. The function of know-how is gaining larger consideration as a possible resolution to assist the expansion and growth of Pacific entrepreneurs.

UNDERSTANDING PACIFIC ENTREPRENEURS AND EXPLORING POTENTIAL TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS

With funding from the Basis for Growth Cooperation (FDC), the Griffith Asia Institute has partnered with the Asian Growth Financial institution Institute (ADBI) the Worldwide Financial Fund (IMF), and ACCESS Advisory to analysis and pilot check methodologies for creating growth-oriented small-scale enterprises by digital know-how. Working intently with the Growth Banks of Samoa, Solomon Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), the undertaking will determine alternatives for know-how to boost entry to schooling and human capital and strengthen enterprise incubation and acceleration throughout the Pacific area. Applied over a 2-year interval, the undertaking will present sensible options for growth practitioners and authorities companies throughout the Pacific area to boost their stage of assist for entrepreneurs.

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PHASE 1: EXAMINING THE CURRENT ENVIRONMENT

The primary section of the undertaking will focus totally on gathering and analysing knowledge from three Pacific Island international locations (Samoa, Solomon Islands and Federated States of Micronesia). Via a sequence of interviews with native establishments and surveys administered to each potential and established small-scale entrepreneurs, the analysis crew will collect necessary insights on how sure behaviours amongst entrepreneurs impression their skill to handle growth constraints, what assist mechanisms at the moment exist for entrepreneurs, and the place there are alternatives for know-how to play a bigger function.

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PHASE 2: PILOT TESTING

Based mostly on the findings of the primary section of the undertaking, a technology-focused intervention might be designed and examined within the discipline. The intervention might be designed particularly to assist key parts wanted for small-scale enterprise progress and growth; particularly entry to schooling and entry to human capital. It’s anticipated that the intervention will function a proof of idea that native organisations may simply undertake and replicate for broader impression.

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AUTHOR

Shawn Hunter is the Trade Fellow and Director, Inclusive Progress Packages on the Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith College.

To search out out extra, go to our web site or e-mail shawn.hunter@griffith.edu.au.

 

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