Executive Summary

In February 2017, the Department of Small Business Development commissioned a research project to develop a research agenda to address the development and growth within the SMME and co-operative sectors in South Africa. Through various research techniques, such as a Theory of Change, Root Cause Analysis, a survey and interviews with stakeholders working in the SMME and co-operatives developmental landscape, information was discerned on what research areas to include in this research agenda, how to implement the agenda, fund the research, disseminate it, and monitor and evaluate the implementation of the agenda.

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