Constraints of Growth Oriented Enterprises in the Southern and Eastern African Region
Vol. Volume 7, Number 3 October/2002
In its efforts to promote the creation of quality jobs within the small- and medium-scale enterprise sector, the Regional Project Office for the International Labor Organization’s Start and Improve Your Business Department of Harare has undertaken two studies aiming to find out what growth oriented enterprises look like and how the ILO can assist them in their aspirations to grow. This article presents the key findings from the latter of these two studies. It identifies constraints of growth oriented enterprises and what they subsequently need to succeed in their aspirations to grow. Constraints to enterprise growth and subsequent needs to overcome them are identified in the following areas: access to finance, financial management, market orientation and competition, human resources, enterprise environment, physical infrastructure, policies and regulations, and information and networks.