In conflict-affected societies, entrepreneurship promotion plays a crucial role in harvesting young people's innovative potential and in stirring economic growth on a national level.But what do those entrepreneurs really need?▶
Yannick du Pont is director of SPARK, an international notforprofit organization working on Youth Entrepreneurship and SME development in fifteen developing countries emerging from conflict in Africa, Southeastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia. SPARK aims to diminish the potential for conflict through job creation, entrepreneurship promotion and advocacy for an enabling business environment. Yannick holds degrees in Political Science and Sociology and has been working with states in conflict and emerging from it since 1994. For SPARK, he is primarily responsible for programme development.