Private Sector Development in sub-Saharan Africa

Charlotte Clemensen, Christoffer Jakshøj, Mie Nielsen & Miki Otkjær

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project seeks to investigate the possibilities of private sector development strategies in sub-Saharan Africa and how they are limited by the sub-Saharan context. The project use the strategic reports by OECD-DAC and UNDP respectively, as they are seen as major actors in the development community. The theoretical frame consists of the projects understanding of the neoclassical paradigm and the neo-structural paradigm, which are used to explain the different aspects of the strategies. The last aspect of the analysis is the sub-Saharan context, using the term real world as described by Schulpen & Gibbon (2002). The real world context is drawn upon, as findings suggest that there is a missing analytical link between private sector development and poverty reduction. The project finds it is difficult to conclude whether the strategies provide economic development and poverty reduction, but that possibilities can be found in both, depending on which aspect of the strategy is looked at. Albeit it is clear that many factors are found in the sub-Saharan African context that provide limitation to the private sector development strategies and thereby to economic development and poverty reduction. This is why, one should always introduce a ’but’ to all one’s strategies and findings on private sector development in sub-Saharan Africa: Context matters!

UddannelserInternationale Studier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato26 maj 2014
VejledereLaurids Sandager Lauridsen


  • Private Sector Development
  • sub-Saharan Africa