SBP was commissioned by the ILO, with the support of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) and the Nedlac social partners, to prepare the ILO’s EESE Report for South Africa. SBP conducted and adapted the ILO’s EESE Assessment for South Africa Report in accordance with the ILO’s EESE assessment methodology. SBP conducted a comprehensive analysis of the 17 conditions to support sustainable enterprise and conducted a comprehensive review of factors impacting SMME development and transitions to formality in South Africa. SBP’s report for the ILO combined secondary data analysis and primary data analysis including SBP’s longitudinal panel survey the SME Growth Index. The surveys comprised 640 in-depth interviews across South Africa with SMME business owners, informal business owners and their employees. The surveys were conducted in late 2015.

The EESE Report for SA is designed to stimulate debate with government and provide an evidence base for policy reforms to promote an environment more conducive to sustainable small enterprises in South Africa.  The report “The Enabling Environment for Sustainable Enterprises in South Africa” was published on the ILO website in February 2016 and presented by SBP and the ILO at the National Informal Economy Summit held in Bloemfontein in 2016.

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