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Small scale enterprise and sustainable development: Key issues and policy opportunities to improve impact

Duncan Macqueen


Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) often account for the majority of firms and a substantial proportion of employment in both developing and developed countries. This paper argues that there are good reasons for preferential support towards small scale – irrespective of whether one’s starting point in sceptical or pragmatic or strongly enthusiastic towards SMEs. There are many potential advantages and disadvantages to small scale in achieving broad sense well-being which this paper assumes to be the main aim of development. Three areas of further multi-disciplinary action are held out as useful entry points to improving the impacts of SMEs.

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The forestry sector in developing countries is dominated by small and medium sized forest enterprises. But the diverse range of these enterprises makes it difficult to understand the contribution they make to sustainability and poverty reduction.

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