"Across Africa, men and women own roughly the same number of businesses. However, men tend to dominate the upper echelons of enterprise while women are often relegated to microenterprises. Professors Anita Spring and Lettice Rutashobya highlight this trend in the 2014 Africa Prosperity Report.

"Removing the barriers that hinder women from thriving as entrepreneurs would go a long way to facilitate growth in Africa by unlocking a huge amount of human capital. To a far greater extent than men, women business owners invest in their communities. The economic benefits of a thriving entrepreneurial culture are clear."

Read: Unlocking the Potential of Female Entrepreneurship in Africa


  • 2015 Africa Prosperity Summit, May 2015, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (View)