The Informal Sector in Francophone Africa

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Sponsored by the World Bank and Co-Authored by Dr. Aly Mbaye, MDP Director at UCAD: The informal sector in West Africa has some distinctive characteristics. Informality usually connotes small and unorganized producers operating on the fringes of the formal economy. In West African countries, however, the normal situation is to some extent reversed: a dynamic informal sector dominates the stagnant formal economy. Moreover, in these countries, small operators coexist with very large and politically well-connected informal enterprises and well-organized networks. Notwithstanding its importance, there have been relatively few systematic studies of this dual feature of the informal sector in West Africa, and consequently too little is known about it. One of our hypotheses is that determinants and appropriate policy responses are likely to differ between “large” and “small” informal operations.
Document Details
Author: 
Ahmadou Aly Mbaye
Author: 
Nancy Benjamin
Author University Affiliation: 
Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD)
Date: 
June 12, 2012
Pillar: 
Management Sciences
Pillar: 
Social Sciences
Subject: 
Business
Subject: 
Community
Subject: 
Economics
Subject: 
Governance
Subject: 
Human Rights
Subject: 
Infrastructure
Subject: 
Micro-finance
Subject: 
Social entrepreneurship
Subject: 
Urban Development
Region: 
Africa, West
Country: 
Senegal
Language: 
English
Resource Type: 
Book
Tags: 
Case Study, social networks
Publisher: 
L'Agence Française de Développement (AFD) & The World Bank