Entrepreneurs and Market Linkages in Conflict and Post-Conflict Environments

Director: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy
October 1, 2011 - Present

Despite myriad challenges, entrepreneurs in conflict and post-conflict environments have succeeded in building viable businesses that stabilize families and communities and foster economic growth on a national level. While the importance of entrepreneurship has been widely discussed, little is known and has been written about what works in terms of linking entrepreneurs with markets in these environments.

This project seeks to fill that gap by investigating efforts underway in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Liberia, among others, and exploring ways to improve market linkages for entrepreneurs. It will focus on new and growing firms, as well as examine firms that have developed into large-scale enterprises. It will also analyze the unique barriers facing female entrepreneurs and suggest ways the international community can best focus its efforts to address challenges seen by entrepreneurs in conflict and post-conflict environments.

It is directed by U.S. Foreign Policy Fellow and Deputy Director of the Women and Foreign Policy program Gayle Tzemach Lemmon.

This project is made possible by the generous support of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Publications

Meetings

Roundtable Meeting

Catalyzing Economic Growth: The Power of Entrepreneurship

Introductory Speaker:

Elizabeth Littlefield, President and Chief Executive Officer, Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Speakers:

Mildred Callear, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Small Enterprise Assistance Funds, Richard Shumann, Senior Technical Specialist, CHF International

Presider:

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Fellow and Deputy Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations
May 17, 2012

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Roundtable Meeting

Building Small Business Amid Great Challenge: Entrepreneurship in Fragile States

Speaker:

Shari Berenbach, Director, Microenterprise Development Office, USAID

Presider:

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Deputy Director, Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations
April 17, 2012

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Study Group Meeting

Entrepreneurs and Market Linkages

Moderator:

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy and Deputy Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations
April 5, 2012

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Strengthening Entrepreneurship in Fragile States: The Role of Entrepreneurship in Development

Speakers:

Eileen Hoffman, Senior Technical Specialist, Economic Development, CHF International, Simon Winter, Senior Vice President of Development, TechnoServe

Presider:

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Deputy Director, Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations
April 4, 2012

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Study Group Meeting

Entrepreneurs and Market Linkages

Speakers:

Toyin Adeniji, Director, Women in Business, International Finance Corporation, Marième Esther Dassanou, Global Access to Finance Specialist, International Finance Corporation

Presider:

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy and Deputy Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations
February 9, 2012

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Roundtable Meeting

Building Markets for Peace

Speaker:

Scott Gilmore, Founder and Executive Director, Peace Dividend Trust

Presider:

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy and Deputy Director, Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations
February 8, 2012

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Study Group Meeting

Entrepreneurs and Market Linkages

Presider:

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Fellow and Deputy Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations
December 13, 2011

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Study Group Meeting

Entrepreneurs and Market Linkages

Presider:

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy and Deputy Director, Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations
October 19, 2011

This meeting is not for attribution.