B.E. Assessment

The Role of Regulation, Tradition and Gender in Doing Business. Case Study and Survey Report of a Two-Year Research Project in Ghana, 2011

    The objective of the study by Aimée Hampel-Milagrosa is to assess the relevance of the World Bank’s Doing Business-style reforms aimed at improving women’s economic participation and productivity in Ghana. The approach adopted entails the comparison of four regulatory areas covered by Doing Business – regulations on starting a business, registering property, getting credit and paying taxes and, only where applicable, employing workers – with Ghanaian traditions. The general conclusions drawn from this are of two types: conclusions that pertain to gender and entrepreneurship in the Ghanaian context and conclusions that provide an informed basis on which to discuss possible adjustments and revisions to improve the gender relevance of the Doing Business reports and selected indicators.

    Methods for info gathering
    A combination of two methodologies was used in the research: case studies and a cross-sectional survey. A semi-structured technique and case studies were used to interview a total of twenty-one (21) Ghanaian women entrepreneurs in Accra and its environs in July and August 2009. A total of fourteen (14) gender, entrepreneurship, African studies and labour experts were also interviewed in the same time frame. In May 2010 a survey of 110 male and 193 female entrepreneurs was conducted in Accra’s six largest markets.