The COVID-19 pandemic has severely damaged the economic situation of many countries. To overcome this imbalance, governments need to be supported in building their economic resilience in a post-COVID-19 world. The entrepreneurship policy toolkit, developed by i4Policy with previous support of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, has proven itself as a useful knowledge repository. Now, we support i4Policy to adapt it to support governments to build back better in the aftermath of the COVID pandemic.
The first step is to update i4Policy’s policy toolkit into an interactive online tool that guides policymakers. Second, an open online platform will be developed with free courses and information on policy for entrepreneurship and innovation. Policymakers will be trained and encouraged to join a learning network to share their knowledge about all policy processes in their countries. Finally, i4Policy will provide governments with rapid assistance and ensure the up-to-date standard of the project's methodologies.
Together with i4Policy, we improve and harmonize policy tools for supporting start-ups and innovation enablers across Africa. The new policy toolkit equips policymakers with a range of options together with a network for peer-learning with which they can develop their own context-specific policy approaches. Only if policymakers from across Africa use the toolkit consistently, progressive entrepreneurship policies can become established. i4Policy envisages supporting up to four governments in their innovation and entrepreneurship policy reforms.