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Anzisha Prize Research

Aligned with our theory of change, existing literature, research we have conducted, and a decade’s worth of experience working with very young entrepreneurs (aged 15 to 25), Anzisha’s research agenda is guided by the following core research questions:

African Leadership Academy seeks to transform Africa by developing a powerful network of over 6,000 leaders who will work together to address Africa’s greatest challenges, achieve extraordinary social impact, and accelerate the continent’s growth trajectory.

1. Age and Entrepreneurship

What is the relationship between age and entrepreneurship in the African context?

This question could include specific sub-themes, for example decisions to pursue entrepreneurship, stages of entrepreneurial development, job creation and poverty reduction.

African Leadership Academy seeks to transform Africa by developing a powerful network of over 6,000 leaders who will work together to address Africa’s greatest challenges, achieve extraordinary social impact, and accelerate the continent’s growth trajectory.

2. Transitions into Entrepreneurship

What types of interventions are most effective in supporting transitions from school or university into entrepreneurship?

Interventions of interest may target very young entrepreneurs and/or their ecosystems.

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3. Young Entrepreneurs and Job Creation

What impact do very young entrepreneurs have on job creation for African youth?

We are particularly interested in job creation for African youth who are under 25 years of age.

To support our ongoing learning in these areas, Anzisha invests in two commissioned research projects each year. Funding of $10,000 is available per study.

We accepted two research proposals for the 2020-2021 period. The following studies are currently underway:

Researcher: Dolapo Adeyanju

Assessing the Impact of Entrepreneurship on Job Creation and Poverty Reduction among Very Young Nigerian Youth

Many studies tend to focus on factors determining entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial intention among younger youths rather than measuring the impact of their participation in entrepreneurship on economic outcomes such as job creation and livelihood outcomes. This study intends to address this research gap to broaden knowledge of the subject and provide empirical evidence which could drive practical policymaking on youth entrepreneurship in Nigeria and Africa.

Researcher: Ouafaa Hmaddi

Benefits of Early-Stage Resource Acquisition: How and for Whom? A Randomized Field Experiment in Morocco

Beyond performance hypotheses, the researcher posits that certain bundles of resources appear more likely to generate learning that increases the likelihood of pivoting whereas other configurations may lead to highly focused learning, which may decrease strategic reorientation. With this focus, the study seeks to enable deeper scholarly understanding of how entrepreneur’s resource acquisition affects their performance and strategic orientation.

The Anzisha Movement is a partnership between African Leadership Academy and Mastercard Foundation that seeks to fundamentally and significantly increase the number of job generative entrepreneurs in Africa.
Eligibility
  1. Researcher(s) must be citizens or permanent residents of an African country. We are particularly interested in funding research in the following countries: Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal and Uganda. 
  2. Researcher(s) must have or be busy with a post-graduate degree in the social sciences (any disciplines).
  3. Graduate students are eligible to apply and may make use of the data collected for their research projects required for their qualification, with permission from Anzisha.
  4. Researcher(s) must have worked on at least two other research projects prior to this one (please provide details in CV). 
Deliverables

More Anzisha Research

The Anzisha Prize has conducted literature reviews, surveys, desktop research, stakeholder consultations, and more to produce a decade's worth of research.

Recent research includes studies on:

 

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