Informal surveys target unregistered enterprises, which in some countries make up a significant part of the economy. Understanding how informal businesses function and why they prefer to remain unregistered could help implement changes in government - business relationships.
Informal Surveys are usually conducted at the same time with Enterprise Surveys.
This research is a survey of unregistered businesses conducted in Cameroon in 2006. Data from 99 informal businesses were analyzed.
The objective of World Bank firm-level surveys is to obtain feedback from enterprises in client countries on the state of the private sector, assess the constraints to private sector growth and create statistically significant business environment indicators that are comparable across countries.
The topics of Informal Surveys include general information about a business, infrastructure and services, sales and supplies, sources and access to finance, business-government relationship, assets, AIDS and sickness, bribery, workforce composition and training, obstacles to get registration, reasons for not registering, and benefits that an establishment could get from registration.
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The current survey instrument is available:
- Informal Questionnaire.
The topics include general information about a business, infrastructure and services, sales and supplies, sources and access to finance, business-government relationship, assets, AIDS and sickness, bribery, workforce composition and training, obstacles to get registration, reasons for not registering, and benefits that an establishment could get from registration.
Confidentiality of the survey respondents and the sensitive information they provide is necessary to ensure the greatest degree of survey participation, integrity and confidence in the quality of the data. Surveys are usually carried out in cooperation with business organizations and government agencies promoting job creation and economic growth, but confidentiality is never compromised.
Firm-level data is available to the public free-of-charge. In order to access the data, users must agree to abide by a strict confidentiality agreement available through Enterprise Analysis Unit website by clicking on "External users register here" at https://www.enterprisesurveys.org/Portal
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The user of the data acknowledges that the original collector of the data, the authorized distributor of the data, and the relevant funding agency bear no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.
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