Entrepreneurship challenges and gender issues in the African informal rural economy

Igwe, Paul and Newbery, Robert and Icha-Ituma, Afam (2017) Entrepreneurship challenges and gender issues in the African informal rural economy. In: Knowledge, learning and innovation: research insights into cross sector collaboration. Springer, pp. 91-111. ISBN 9783319592824

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Abstract

In Africa, the majority of family entrepreneurs operate in the informal sector in the rural economy. With relevant current debates encompassing informality and the family firm and employing data from a national survey that captures over 18 million entrepreneurs and business owners, this chapter examines the social, economic, environmental, cultural and wider barriers to female entrepreneurship in Nigeria. This chapter describes how lack of capital, low levels of literacy and education, inadequate transport facilities and poor access roads are the most important barriers that face female entrepreneurs in African rural areas. These are magnified by traditions and cultural barriers that favour men over women in livelihood opportunities.

Keywords:Female Entrepreneurship, Ethnic Entrepreneurship and Informal Economy
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N212 Creative Management
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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Deposited On:28 Sep 2017 17:21

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