B.E. Assessment

Situation Analysis of the Business and Sectoral Associations in Ethiopia, PSD Hub, English and French, 2009

    This study, commissioned by Ethiopia’s PSD Hub, examines the factors undermining the ability of business and sectoral associations in Ethiopia to undertake effective business development services and advocacy for their membership. The study draws on desk and field research, including questionnaire responses from business associations regarding their structure and competencies, and the constraints they face. These are the contents:

    Chapter One: Introduction
    Chapter Two: The Importance of Member-based Organisations
    Chapter Three: Chamber Systems and Structures and Country Experiences
    Chapter Four: Salient Features of Chambers, Business and Sectoral Associations in Ethiopia
    Chapter Five: Competency of the Business and Sectoral Associations
    Chapter Six: Challenges and Opportunities for Business and Sectoral Associations in Ethiopia
    Chapter Seven: Conclusions and Recommendations

    The summary of the paper in French has been prepared by GRET, with financial support from the Agence Française de Développement and Swiss Development Cooperation.

    Summary of results
    Recommendations for government include:
    • Revision of the existing legislation governing private sector associations, to make it less prescriptive about associations’ organisational structure
    • More funding and technical assistance
    • Delegation of functions such as business registration to associations.
    Recommendations for the associations themselves include:
    • Improve internal organisation
    • Develop a stronger advocacy agenda, for example by prioritising time-sensitive issues and regularly evaluating advocacy efforts
    • Work to earn the respect of policymakers, regulators and key administrators, for example by providing them with briefing materials and by hosting “recognition events” for those that are supportive
    • Develop associations' research agenda.