The Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (ESBD) research program is a long-term research program initiated by the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI) in 2016.   The research program is aimed to fill the existing knowledge gap regarding the development of entrepreneurship and Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) in Ethiopia.

The Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (ESBD) research program core objectives are:

1. To conduct rigorous research and produce evidence-based knowledge that can be used to improve the existing policies and practices of the government and all other relevant actors working on MSEs and;

2. To build a stronger and more integral knowledge support system and database within the country to underpin future policy analysis in small business development.

Toward this the research program has developed detailed work plan for the first three years (July 2016 – June 2019), which involves a baseline data collection from 8174 MSMEs, analysis and outreach to various stakeholders. The implementation of the program is underway as per the plan. The program is financed by the European Union, International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada and the Environmental and Climate Research Centre (ECRC).

The Principal Investigator for this project is Dr. Mulu Gebreeyesus, who is a research fellow at EDRI. The co-investigators are Dr. Tigabu Degu, Dr. Girum Abebe and Dr. Berhiu Assesfa and all research fellows at EDRI and Prof. Wim Naude, Dean of the Maastricht School of Management and Chair in Business and Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets in the Maastricht.