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Inclusive Green Growth

Challenges and Opportunities for Green Business in Rural Africa

  • Calvin Atewamba
  • Dorothé Yong Ngondjeb

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Dorothe Yong Ngondjeb, Calvin Atewamba
    Pages 1-15
  3. James Atta Peprah, Clifford Afoakwah, Isaac Koomson
    Pages 69-89
  4. Koffi Paul Assandé, Assémian Faustin Naouré, Yann Cédric Armel Vangah
    Pages 119-136
  5. Yirviel Janvier Métouolé Méda, Calvin Atewamba
    Pages 281-307
  6. Dorothe Yong Ngondjeb, Calvin Atewamba, Moussa Macalou
    Pages 309-326

About this book


Fostering inclusive green growth in Africa means addressing existing and emerging development challenges, while efficiently managing Africa’s natural capital and building resilience to environmental, social and economic risks. Although this new paradigm for development has the potential to create tremendous business opportunities, there are also challenges.

This book provides empirical evidence on the conditions for the emergence of green businesses in Africa. It includes 13 case studies, which identify the determinants of small and medium-size enterprises’ engagement in inclusive and sustainable growth in rural Africa, and the factors that hinder eco-innovation in business and entrepreneurial activities. Furthermore it discusses appropriate regulations and policies to stimulate the development of green business in Africa. Offering insights into the relationship between eco-innovation, labor productivity and business competitiveness in rural Africa, this book appeals to scholars, policy makers and practitioners interested in a green economy for Africa.


Green growth in Africa Green business in Africa Resilience to environmental, social and economic risks Eco-innovation Sustainable growth in Africa Green entrepreneurship in Africa Green economy Business social responsibilities Business opportunities Business challenges Green business model innovation Rural African business Case studies

Editors and affiliations

  • Calvin Atewamba
    • 1
  • Dorothé Yong Ngondjeb
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Natural Resources in AfricaUnited Nations UniversityBramptonCanada
  2. 2.Institute for Natural Resources in AfricaUnited Nations UniversityOttawaCanada

About the editors

Calvin Atewamba holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Montreal in Canada. He also holds an MSc in Mathematics from the University of Yaoundé I in Cameroon, and an engineering degree in Economics and Statistics from the National School of Applied Statistics and Economics in Ivory Coast. He has worked for various governments, universities and international organizations, including the Cameroonian government, the University of Montreal and the United Nations University, where he led and managed multidisciplinary, international research teams with diverse backgrounds and expertise. His research interests fall into the broad area of applied economics with a focus on issues related to environmental and resource economics, financial economics, and econometrics. He has authored or co-authored several peer-reviewed academic articles, books and research reports.

Dorothé Yong Ngondjeb is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Economics and Management of the University of Yaoundé II, Cameroon and former Research Fellow at United Nations University–Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA). She teaches microeconomics, environmental economics, and mathematical tools for environmental modeling. She was formerly a researcher at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa in Canada and a visiting researcher at United Nations University–World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) in Finland. In addition to her academic career, she works as a consultant for international organizations and governments in Africa and Canada.

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