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Teaching Entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa – Quo Vadis?

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  • Johan venter

    (Maastricht School of Management, the Netherlands)

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This paper explores approaches to entrepreneurship training and education based on the experiences of interventions by institutes of higher education in sub-Saharan Africa (South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia). The paper explores such approaches against the nature of labour market demands in Africa, notably abject poverty and a paucity of job opportunities for especially the youth, notwithstanding commendable economic growth figures for many countries. Achievements and pitfalls were abounding. It would seem however from the experience of the initiatives, a clear and focused approach to entrepreneurship training has the potential to deliver results. Foremost is the acknowledgement of certain targeted groups such as rural communities, women and especially the youth, all with their particular and sometimes unique needs. Thereafter the issues of Business Development Services (BDS), infusing entrepreneurship training and blended learning, and their particular pedagogical and approaches, should be carefully considered.

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  • Johan venter, 2012. "Teaching Entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa – Quo Vadis?," Working Papers 2012/22, Maastricht School of Management.
  • Handle: RePEc:msm:wpaper:2012/22
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