As a means to influencing policies around Entrepreneurship in Nigeria, FATE Foundation introduced the Annual FATE Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship which is a policy dialogue platform that brings stakeholders within the Nigerian Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) space and high-level business experts from within and outside Nigeria together to discuss issues and policies that impact on the MSME space in Nigeria, using the annual Research Report developed by FATE Foundation as background context.
While conversations at the Dialogue revolve around the theme, key findings from the annual Research Report are also discussed with the aim of arriving at implementable policy solutions. At the end of the Dialogue, key agreements are developed which drive FATE Foundation’s annual Policy Advocacy activities geared towards policy reviews and implementation.
Since inception in 2015, we have had two successful policy dialogue programs and notably, our 2016 Research Report focused on the “Mapping of the Nigerian Entrepreneurship Ecosystem” which has attracted a lot of attention from the Public, Private and Development sectors in Nigeria. A key take-away for us from the 2016 Research exercise and Policy Dialogue was the need to understand the entrepreneurial dynamics at work within the different regions in Nigeria and the impact on youth entrepreneurship.
Building on this background, the 3rd Annual FATE Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship scheduled to hold on the 22nd of June, 2017 will focus on the theme “Scaling Entrepreneurship: How Regionally Led Efforts Can Unlock The Youth Potential”. While the preliminary findings of the Mapping of the Nigerian Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Exercise provided background context for the 2016 Policy Dialogue, we would be unveiling the full Report on the Mapping Exercise at the Policy Dialogue this year.
We are excited about the prospects of this Report and look forward to its impact within the entrepreneurship space particularly with regards to policy design, review and implementation around entrepreneurship in Nigeria.