ERIC Number: EJ874914
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 68
Entrepreneurship and Socioeconomic Development in Africa: A Reality or Myth?
Nafukho, Fredrick M.; Muyia, Machuma A. Helen
Journal of European Industrial Training, v34 n2 p96-109 2010
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine the development of entrepreneurship education and training in Kenya as a strategic approach to addressing the unemployment problem among the school and university graduates in Kenya and Africa in general. Design/methodology/approach: The study adopted a critical review of the literature method to achieve its purpose and to answer the key research question. The literature search included a computerized search of accessible and available material on entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial spirit, entrepreneurship education and training programs, history of entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurship models, Africa and entrepreneurship development. Findings: It is shown that the development of entrepreneurial spirit and competencies should be a lifelong process. Addressing Africa's socioeconomic development in an entrepreneurial way requires learning successful lessons from within and without Africa. Specific examples of successful use of entrepreneurship to develop micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in Africa and other parts of the world, especially the USA, are cited in the paper. A case study of using technology to promote entrepreneurship in Africa is provided. Research limitations/implications: The paper is limited since it is based on a review of the literature. Quantitative and qualitative research studies focusing on entrepreneurship and socioeconomic development in Africa are recommended. Originality/value: There are limited studies that focus on the issue of entrepreneurship and socioeconomic development in Africa. This paper and the special issue in particular have laid down pioneering ground work for research on entrepreneurship and socioeconomic development in Africa.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Entrepreneurship, Educational Development, Socioeconomic Status, Strategic Planning, Literature Reviews, Online Searching, African Studies, Education Work Relationship, Training Methods, Industrial Training, Vocational Education, Educational Assessment, Educational Indicators
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Identifiers - Location: Africa; Kenya