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This brief was produced as part of the project: Powering Prosperity and Economic Freedom for Women and Youth in Cameroon (PPEF project), implemented since September 2022 by the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Center (SBEC) of the Denis and Lenora Foretia Foundation. It is made possible by the financial support of the Rising Tide and John Templeton Foundations. This three-year project aims to build a more robust and diverse middle class, promote economic freedom, and empower women and youth.

The Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation was created to catalyze Africa’s economic transformation by focusing on social entrepreneurship, science and technology, innovation, public health, and progressive policies that create economic opportunities for all. Its Small Business and Entrepreneurship Centre (SBEC) was founded to support SMEs across the country and promote business-friendly policies that stimulate innovation and job creation. Through the SBEC network, SMEs receive training and administrative support to increase their productivity and efficiency.

The Rising Tide Foundation supports studies and programs that deliver results  for cancer patients and empower individuals to develop their skills to make a difference for themselves and the greater community. Based in Schaffhausen Switzerland, but with a truly global reach, it strongly believes that the market economy, in concert with limited government and rule of law, holds the greatest promise of freedom and prosperity for all. Through its philanthropic activities, the foundation supports efforts that promote financial prosperity, individual flourishing, and sustainable income generation.

Founded in 1987, the John Templeton Foundation supports research and dialogue on the deepest and most perplexing questions facing humankind. The Foundation funds work on subjects ranging from black holes and evolution to creativity, forgiveness, and free will. It also encourages civil, informed dialogue among scientists, philosophers, theologians, and the public at large. With over $2.8 billion in assets and annual grants of $220 million in 2021, the Foundation ranks among the 25 largest grant-making foundations in the United States. Headquartered outside Philadelphia, its philanthropic activities have engaged all major faith traditions and extended to more than 190 countries around the world.