Supporting Private Business Growth in African Fragile States

By Benjamin Leo, Vijaya Ramachandran, and Ross Thuotte, Center for Global Development
December 31, 2012


Even in Africa’s fragile states, many businesses are able to adapt and thrive, generating jobs, goods, and services in an otherwise volatile context. However, fragile states are among the lowest recipients of international assistance for the private sector, even compared to other low-income countries. International partners should better support the needs of private businesses in fragile states, as they represent an anchor of stability and a rare positive influence. Core necessities include stronger and more transparent regulatory frameworks as well as improved telecommunications and transportation infrastructure.

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Security Topics: Stabilization of Fragile States