Entrepreneurs and Market Linkages in Conflict and Postconflict Environments

Director: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy
October 1, 2011 - August 30, 2012

Despite myriad challenges, entrepreneurs in conflict and postconflict 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.

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

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Catalyzing Economic Growth: The Power of Entrepreneurship

Speakers Richard ShumannSenior Technical Specialist, CHF International, Mildred CallearExecutive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Small Enterprise Assistance Funds, Mildred CallearExecutive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Small Enterprise Assistance Funds, Richard ShumannSenior Technical Specialist, CHF International
Presiders Gayle Tzemach LemmonFellow and Deputy Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations, Gayle Tzemach LemmonFellow and Deputy Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations
Introductory Speakers Elizabeth LittlefieldPresident and Chief Executive Officer, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Elizabeth LittlefieldPresident and Chief Executive Officer, Overseas Private Investment Corporation
May 17, 2012

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Building Small Business Amid Great Challenge: Entrepreneurship in Fragile States

Speakers Shari BerenbachDirector, Microenterprise Development Office, USAID, Shari BerenbachDirector, Microenterprise Development Office, USAID
Presiders Gayle Tzemach LemmonDeputy Director, Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations, Gayle Tzemach LemmonDeputy Director, Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations
April 17, 2012

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Entrepreneurs and Market Linkages

Moderators Gayle Tzemach LemmonFellow for U.S. Foreign Policy and Deputy Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations, Gayle Tzemach LemmonFellow 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 HoffmanSenior Technical Specialist, Economic Development, CHF International, Simon WinterSenior Vice President of Development, TechnoServe, Eileen HoffmanSenior Technical Specialist, Economic Development, CHF International, Simon WinterSenior Vice President of Development, TechnoServe
Presiders Gayle Tzemach LemmonDeputy Director, Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations, Gayle Tzemach LemmonDeputy Director, Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations
April 4, 2012

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Entrepreneurs and Market Linkages

Speakers Toyin AdenijiDirector, Women in Business, International Finance Corporation, Marième Esther DassanouGlobal Access to Finance Specialist, International Finance Corporation, Toyin AdenijiDirector, Women in Business, International Finance Corporation, Marième Esther DassanouGlobal Access to Finance Specialist, International Finance Corporation
Presiders Gayle Tzemach LemmonFellow for U.S. Foreign Policy and Deputy Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations, Gayle Tzemach LemmonFellow 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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Building Markets for Peace

Speakers Scott GilmoreFounder and Executive Director, Peace Dividend Trust, Scott GilmoreFounder and Executive Director, Peace Dividend Trust
Presiders Gayle Tzemach LemmonFellow for U.S. Foreign Policy and Deputy Director, Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations, Gayle Tzemach LemmonFellow for U.S. Foreign Policy and Deputy Director, Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations
February 8, 2012

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Entrepreneurs and Market Linkages

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

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Entrepreneurs and Market Linkages

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

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