The Private Sector Development Division (PSDD) conducts objective research to provide policy advice towards promoting private sector development. In this regard, the research focuses on: Investment opportunities and growth; financing needs of private sector; the role of the Government in private sector growth; and firms operations and performance. The Division also undertakes capacity building on issues related to the private sector and its role in the development process. Government officers both at national and county level and the private sector are the main clients.
The Division is undertaking a project on ‘Economic inclusion of young people and women through inclusive entrepreneurship: Case of Kenya’. The overall objective of the project is to analyze the contribution of inclusive entrepreneurship to young people and women’s well-being in Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Kenya. Findings from this project are expected to provide useful insights for governments to implement incentives and support mechanisms to mainstream the practice of inclusive entrepreneurship while maximizing its impact on vulnerable groups, including women and youth. Three (3) Think Tanks – KIPPRA, the Economic Policy Analysis Unit of CIRES (CAPEC) of Cote d’Ivoire, and the Laboratory of Quantitative Analysis Applied to Development-SAHEL (LAQAD-S) in Burkina Faso – are involved in the realization of this project. This is a three-year project funded by IDRC and managed on behalf of the three (3) countries by CAPEC.