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The Empretec Ghana Foundation, 1999

    This case study examines the Empretec Ghana Foundation (EGF) against the preliminary framework of good practice principles agreed by the Committee of Donor Agencies for Small Enterprise Development. It deliberately does not provide a detailed description of EGF but rather focuses on the issues emerging from EGF?s experience which are of wider interest. Its main objective is to identify key lessons and principles of good practice in BDS and, where possible, benchmark performance indicators. The case is structured in five parts. Sections 2, 3 and 4 analyse the development of EGF in relation, respectively, to the organisation, its services and its clients. Within each of these sections, the examination focuses on:
    - The current situation - a brief description of EGF now;
    - Positive factors: reasons for the current situation and lessons stemming from them;
    - Challenges: key issues and problems which need to be addressed.
    Section 5 summarises the main conclusions to come from the case and the implications for BDS more widely. Appendix I contains some relevant information on the Ghanaian economic context; Appendix II shows the EGF organogram; and Appendix III highlights some examples of positive changes in SMEs brought about by EGF.

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