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Title: YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN ETHIOPIA: THE CASE OF MANUFACTURING MICRO AND SMALL ENTERPRISES IN ADDIS ABABA
Authors: Mekonen, Yordanos
Advisors: Mr .Simon
Copyright: 2006
Date Added: 22-Apr-2008
Publisher: Addis Ababa University
Abstract: The objective of this paper is to shed light on general situations of MSEs run by young people while identifying the factors influencing enterprise formation by young people and enterprise development in the MSEs. It also identifies concrete barriers and specific constraints that impede young people from starting and running a business in the micro and small business sector; and stimuli that makes starting a business a viable alternative for youth. The study employed a triangulation of descriptive analysis, binary logit regression analysis and focus group discussion to enrich the output of the study and to achieve the study objectives. The primary findings of the paper indicated that sex of the individual; birth place of the youth; education level; psychological motives such as commitment, need for autonomy, and need for achievement as well as family background have significant influence on enterprise formation of young people. Besides, the general entrepreneurial environment such as business situation, availability of business support, education and training facilities, business infrastructure have an impact on the performance of the young entrepreneurs. In addition, the potential of entrepreneurial development in the Micro and Small Enterprise sector is not fully utilized because of various barriers, especially for those operated by young people. Lack of business infrastructures, financial problems, lack of demand or market and less encouraging societal attitude towards young entrepreneurs were identified to be the main challenge for entrepreneurs in the study. With all the challenges the self-motivated young entrepreneurs in this study have proven the desire towards enterprise, growth and achievement. They have relatively better operating results, business management skill and expansion concern in addition to the risk and initiative they took to establish their own enterprises. It is, however, paradoxical they are less favoured by government promotional activities.
Description: A THESIS SUBMITTED TO THE SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES OF ADDIS ABABA UNIVERSITY IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTERS OF ARTS IN REGIONAL AND LOCAL DEVELOPMENT STUDIES
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/857
Appears in:Thesis - Regional and Local Development

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