CONTRIBUTION OF SELECTED BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS TO THE PERFORMANCE OF FOOD PROCESSING SMEs IN RWANDA AND TANZANIA
Freddy Jirabi Gamba
Institute of Finance Management, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
CITATION: Gamba, J. F. (2016). Contribution of Selected Business Associations to the Performance of Food Processing SME’s In Rwanda and Tanzania. European Journal of Business Management.Vol. 5 (11). Pp 65 – 88.
BAs are organizations that promote the private sector in such a way that they can increase productivity and impact to the enterprises and to other socio-economic aspects of life. BAs use their extensive selective benefits i.e. services provided, intensity of membership, proper mediation for getting internal resolution and advocacy intent to impact the performance of enterprises. This study examines and compares the contribution of four selected business associations through their selective benefits to the performance of their member SMEs in Tanzania and Rwanda. Target population of the study was food processing SMEs. Sample size was 145 SMEs. Responses of the subjects were collected through questionnaires and composite analysis is used.This study concludes that Rwandan business associations contribute more than Tanzanian business associations to the performance of their members.
Key words: business associations, performance, food processing, empowerment/contribution, SMEs, selective benefits