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Title:The urban informal sector in Sierra Leone: some conceptual and policy issues
Author:Fowler, D.A.L.
Periodical:Africana Research Bulletin
Geographic term:Sierra Leone
small enterprises
Abstract:This article firstly attempts to grapple with the problem posed by the concept of 'the informal sector'; secondly, it summarises the major findings of a study of one thousand small business enterprises within Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, and discusses some policy issues deriving from the results. Sections: Introduction - The informal sector of enterprise? - Identifying self - employed enterprises in Freetown - Extended interviews - General characteristics of the informal sector enterprises (physical setting; finance) - Self perception of business climate (competition; expansion problems; employment creation) - Entrepreneurs life history (dependants, age, sex and trade; linkages) - Goods and services sold - Financing expansion - Obstacles to expansion by type of industrial activity - Wider implications of informal sector policy - Conclusion. Notes.