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Entrepreneurship and socioeconomic development in Africa: a reality or myth?

Fredrick M. Nafukho (Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA)
Machuma A. Helen Muyia (Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA)

Journal of European Industrial Training

ISSN: 0309-0590

Article publication date: 2 March 2010

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Abstract

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.

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Citation

Nafukho, F.M. and Helen Muyia, M.A. (2010), "Entrepreneurship and socioeconomic development in Africa: a reality or myth?", Journal of European Industrial Training, Vol. 34 No. 2, pp. 96-109. https://doi.org/10.1108/03090591011023961

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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